Trek 25 kilometres north of Adelaide and you’ll find the suburb of Salisbury. Not exactly close to the coast it’s not a barren land either with the Little Parra River winding through town on its way to the ocean.
The genesis of Salisbury began around 1848. The previous year a Scotsman named John Harvey had purchased a chunk of land and began selling allotments to form a small township. It was named after the town in the UK. Nothing much happened until 1940 when a munitions factory was built and the accompanying workers doubled the population. By 1943 while World War II was still raging the factory was producing 135,000 bombs, shells and mines a week.
With the end of the war the demand for destructive explosive items waned. The munitions factory remained in Government hands with the land taken over by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. They obviously like their technology in Salisbury as the wider area is also home to Technology Park. A nerd’s paradise the Park houses over 70 companies who specialise in areas such as defence, electronics, computers, robots and space technology.
Amongst the electronics and armaments there also exists a creative Salisbury community. Local budding artists have the opportunity to display their work in the John Harvey Gallery. The area also provides venues for the Sala Festival (South Australian Living Artists). Held across the entire State the Festival brings visual art to the people, literally sticking it in their favourite cafes, hotels, boutique stores and galleries. The City Council has also commissioned public art, making a stroll through Salisbury all the more interesting.
If public art isn’t enough to get you walking then try some of the suburb’s nature paths. In Kaurna Park you can tackle the Wodliparri Trail or you can try the Little Para Trail, following the river of the same name. If it’s just a picnic you’re after head to Mobara Park, a specially landscaped open space with three distinct gardens.