Goodbye Winter and hello Spring! I am anticipating the spring air, the spring flowers, the sunshine and I plan to picnic like a pro because well I feel like this has been one wet, wild and soggy winter.
We’ve asked around the Kids in Adelaide team for our favourite picnic spots and have come up with the below 13 …. that is one spot for every weekend in Spring. So, get your kite, your rug and start re-acquainting yourselves with the sunshine.
Botanic Gardens, North Tce
You know the Botanic Gardens – who doesn’t? But when was the last time you visited another world within Adelaide and just soaked in the amazing oasis in the heart of the city. Shady spots are everywhere including lots of open space for fun play.
*Tip- Bring a soccer ball or scooter due to the large areas you can play amongst.
Tusmore Park, Stirling St, Tusmore
Hello all in one park ! Playground, Pool and top Picnic Spot. This park also offers the convenience of toilets and barbecues.
Henley Square, Seaview Rd, Henley Beach
No to sand in your sandwich – no problem there is plenty of grass lawns instead to kick back on and people watch at Henley Square with great areas for kicking the football, bikes and scooters. A great spot for an impromptu picnic with a wide variety of eateries and Henley Square Foodland nearby.
Bonython Park (Tulya Wardii)
Bonython Park is for everyone! Including the furry family members! It is home to the all access playground, providing play areas for everyone. You can relax while watching the remote controlled model boats sailing across the pond or take advantage of the large grassed areas for some sunshine fun… did we mention too you can feed the horses at the stables and take the bike to the SAPOL Road Safety Centre
*Tip – bring oats or sultanas for feeding the ducks because you cannot forget to feed the ducks while stopping by their home.
Take a step back in time… Carrick Hill is fortunate enough to be one of the few period homes in Australia to survive with its original contents almost completely intact and grounds undiminished.
Discover all kinds of wonderful places to have a picnic at Carrick Hill – choose from the stable lawns, story book trail and more designated spots.
Belair National Park
Put this place on your spring bucket list if you have not visited Belair National Park as yet. There are woodlands, waterfalls, lakes, creeks and a playground ! A family picnic at Long Gully is a great spot to select and venture to the cave-like Amphitheatre Rock or Playford Lake and Karka are other great spots.
Move over Central Park – we have Elder Park ! Where else can you get a beautiful river, paddle boats, a popeye, bridge and a zoo not too far away! This park is a great spot for an adventure to the city on the train and back!
Morialta Conservation Park, Morialta Falls Rd, Woodforde
FOR the more adventurous picnickers, Morialta Conservation Park allows you to combine hiking, birdwatching and even rock-climbing with a packed lunch.
There is a picnic area as well as an extensive network of walking trails used to view three waterfalls along Fourth Creek and the playground is right up there with the best. Any one for tadpole catching? Bring rubber boots or a change of clothes if your kids like water.
Market Square Reserve, Old Noarlunga
Market Square Reserve overlooks a bend in the Onkaparinga River, complete with undulating hills, river gums and rich native bird life. There is a playground, electric barbecues, shade, tables and lots of open space for children to run around.
Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens
Spring is a magnificent seasons to visit, with stunning mass displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and roses adding a splash of colour to the gardens. A picnic lunch by the lakeside after an invigorating walk is just the thing for an enjoyable outing with family and friends.
*Tip – bring some walking shoes for the steep tracks
Willunga Rose Garden, Willunga
This new nature play space is located adjacent to the existing Willunga Rose Garden playground. With picnic tables, shade, benches, BBQ, and toilet facilities it’s a great new spot for a picnic and a play. We are pleased to see this fabulous new playground open ready for laughs, smiles and lots of nautre play fun
Port Willunga Beach
Go coastal when the sun is out and not a cloud in the sky and head no further than Port Willunga Beach. White sand and crystal blue water makes it a popular spot for kids and families. There is lots of things to do whether it is building sandcastles swimming, boogie boarding, or exploring the caves in the cliffs.
*Tip – bring some swimmers in-case you feel like a dip.
Sometimes organising a picnic and a car pack up can be well time consuming and a lot of work if you only have a few hours spare on your weekend. One of my favourite past times is to throw the rug across the lawn and lay looking in the clouds in your own backyard… we do not do that enough! Less complicated and the fridge is right inside !