Pull the shorts out of the cupboard, stock up on suncream & put the umbrellas away – SPRING IS HERE!! (Ok, maybe don’t put the umbrellas away just yet, cause you know, Adelaide. ) But the days are definitely getting longer & warmer so it’s time to come out of hibernation. If your kids have spent the winter months watching waaaaaay too much YouTube, I have some great spots for you to visit in Spring. Not just anywhere, but places that are extra special in springtime….think flowers blooming, baby animals….read on!
That’s right Yogi Bear, we did! Cause picnics and Spring just go together don’t they? Grab your picnic rug, pack some snacks and find a favourite park, playground or national park to explore – once the kids have burnt some energy, open up the picnic and enjoy the serenity (and hopefully not too many ants).
We even wrote a whole list of our favourite picnic places to visit in Spring.
Spring heralds the start of the new season for BBQ Buoys – if you haven’t been on one of these floating bundles of fun on the River Torrens yet, you are missing out! Grab the family or a group of friends & book a session. They all have a BBQ on board so you can cook up a feast or take a grazing platter on board. You can also take your own drinks or ask the friendly staff to organise it for you. They are super fun & you’ll see Adelaide from a new angle.
Springlake, Mount Barker
With sights like these, Springlake is definitely one of the top spots I’ll be taking the kids during Spring. And it even has “Spring” in the name, which must mean we are all contractually obliged to visit between September & November, right? But seriously, look at the flowers. And ducks! Springlake Nature Playground is right next door too, along with BLVD Cafe, so it ticks all my boxes.
Carrickalinga Esplanade Walking Trail
I mean does anything get any more spring than these photos taken at Carrickalinga Walking Trail. The path is a 5km return trip with beautiful views of the ocean and colourful flowers in spring. Pram friendly too, if you don’t mind a few bumps along the way. Enter via the carpark on Gold Coast Drive then follow the trail around.
From ‘Yellow’ to ‘Purple Rain’…..(ok, I’ll stop now). There are very few places you can get so close to wisteria as stunning as this, except of course in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Pack a picnic, wander around the gardens (more ducks!) & breathe in the scent of this beautiful springtime bloom. The Botanic Gardens aren’t just beautiful in Spring, they are also a wealth of information & education for kids on horticulture. Of course, it makes for some perfect Instagram shots too!
We are lucky to have so many great wine regions here in South Australia and so many of the cellar doors are family friendly! Grab a glass of wine and a meal or local produce platter and relax in the sun while the kids play.
We’re talking giant games, tasting plates for the kids, playgrounds and even a chance to feed and pat some native animals like at Woodstock Winery in McLaren Vale!
Not too hot, not too cold – that’s the ideal weather to head to the Hills & spend the day at Woodhouse Adventure Park.
The kids will love having a go at Challenge Hill – if it can be climbed on, crawled under, jumped from or balanced on, you’ll find it there! On the weekends their famous tube slides are also open – wheeeee!
If you are looking for a family getaway, they also offer camping!
Visit the Spring Babies at Hahndorf Farm Barn
We all know that Spring means cute baby animals, so look no further than the Hahndorf Farm Barn for your fix of fluff & cuddles. We’re talking chicks, bunnies, ducklings, lambs, guinea pigs & more. Squeee! They also run pony rides, a milking show & feeding activities as well as having the playground, sandpit & BBQ onsite. The Farm Barn can be really hot in the middle of Summer, so be sure to check it out during Spring while the weather is just right!
Canola Crops, Regional SA
Move over Coldplay, this is the only Yellow we’ll be needing this Spring. If you are travelling around regional SA during the school holidays (especially the South-East or Yorke Peninsula) be sure to point out these stunning crops to the kids. A great conversation starter about agriculture! Please make sure you don’t go crawling or walking through the crops however….that’s a big no no unless you have permission.
Carrick Hill, Springfield
Another spot with ‘Spring’ the name (well, the suburb), so that means you HAVE to go! Honestly though, if you haven’t been here yet, you do HAVE to go! The sprawling gardens has stunning views of the city with plants, trees and flowers of every shape, size & colour. What we love best though is the Storybook Trail which features sculptures, statues & buildings from some of the most loved books. You could easily spend a whole day here exploring the house, gardens & trail. And did we mention there is a café onsite?
Spring is the perfect time for a treetop adventure! Head to either TreeClimb Adelaide or TreeClimb Kuitpo to take on either the Kids Course or Grand Course (depending on heights) or at Kuitpo you can also have a play in the Nets Adventure!
Both locations have an onsite cafe – it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun and get active (or just watch other people getting active!).
Have we missed any of your favourite Spring spots in Adelaide? Let us know in the comments below.