Adelaide Playgrounds for Older Kids

Play, Playgrounds in Adelaide

So we know that lots of families have kids ranging from toddler to teens so we’ve tried to find some great playgrounds we think your older kids will enjoy, while still offering some play space for younger children. For those of you with only older children, these playground spaces are still great and you just get the added bonus of sitting down instead of chasing a toddler around trying to put their hat on!

The Paddocks Reserve

The Paddocks Reserve

Where: Maxwell Road, Para Hills West Well isn’t this a little bit sensational! The new playground at The Paddocks Reserve is OPEN and we must say, this is one of the best new playgrounds we have come across in a while, with some pretty spectacular pieces of equipment…

Lobethal Bushland Park

Lobethal Bushland Park

Where: Kenton Valley Road LOBETHAL The Lobethal Bushland Park playground is OPEN, with local VIPs and contributors attending this week to open the spectacular play space. ​ ​The beautiful spot boasts some smaller equipment and sensory play for the little crew, plus of…

Adelaide Playgrounds Near Coffee

Adelaide Playgrounds Near Coffee

Name a better combo than a ripping playground and a strong cup of coffee? There is none. Sitting back with a quality coffee while the kids play at a fabulous playground, allowing you a moment to close your eyes and just recharge, is one of parenting’s great pleasures…

Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove

Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove

Where: Heron Way, Hallett Cove This is a great new playground with amazing views over the ocean. The reserve includes a new 5-way swing, tunnel slide, water and sand play, nature play, fitness equipment, shade sales, toilet, seating, shelter and BBQ facilities. The…

Willunga BMX and Skate Park

Willunga BMX and Skate Park

Where: 2 Railway Terrace, Willunga Willunga Skatepark. A small, quiet and shady park. Younger kids would be happy here. Great spot to improve basic skills. Beginner to intermediate level street style skate park. The park includes a half pipe, pyramids, ledges and…

Mellor Park Lockleys

Mellor Park Lockleys

Where: Myzantha Street, Lockleys The much anticipated new addition to Mellor Park Lockleys has opened, perfectly timed for kids in the west to enjoy some new play for summer. This one is geared towards capable climbers and kids big enough to climb onto a platform for…

Freedom Park Two Wells

Freedom Park Two Wells

Where: Mary Lee Street, Two Wells Well isn’t this one totally worth the drive out north! The new playground, Freedom Park, within the Liberty at Two Wells development, is the latest milestone in a $1.2 billion residential precinct way out north. We absolutely loved it…

TreeClimb Adelaide

TreeClimb Adelaide

*** UPDATED Winter 2021 *** TreeClimb have announced plans for a second location, in Adelaide’s South at Kuitpo Forest! TreeClimb 2.0 is expected to be similar to the successfully run city parklands location, with plans to incorporate 12 courses, higher platforms,…

Salisbury Oval Playground

Salisbury Oval Playground

Where: Brown Terrace, Salisbury Well this looks just a little bit epic doesn’t it. The exciting new playspace Salisbury Oval has opened and for the older and more adventurous kids, it is right up their alley thanks to an enormous slide tower that is a challenge to…

Roy Marten Park, Taperoo

Roy Marten Park, Taperoo

Where: Military Road, Taperoo With a $6.4million budget for the 2018 upgrade, the great thing about this playground is that it caters for ALL age groups. Something we love for Adelaide families as it keeps everyone happy oh and occupied. The equipment is quite spread…

Harts Mill Playground Port Adelaide

Harts Mill Playground Port Adelaide

Where: Mundy Street, Port Adelaide With the whole area going though some major redevelopment, Hart’s Mill playground was opened to the public in mid 2014 with a great space for families to play at Port Adelaide. Coupled a spot of dolphin watching and hitting up the…

Glenthorne Farm

Glenthorne Farm

Glenthorne Nature Play Space Exciting news to hear that our State Government and Marion Council have approved funding for a MASSIVE multi million dollar nature play space – expected to be even bigger and better than our ever popular St Kilda and Morialta Playgrounds….

Wilfred Taylor Reserve Nature Playspace

Wilfred Taylor Reserve Nature Playspace

Where: Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale The Wilfred Taylor Reserve is now open for families to explore! The $2.2 million nature playspace, located on the corner of Wheatsheaf and States Roads at Morphett Vale, has been designed for people of all ages to get outdoors and…

BOUNCE Inc. Adelaide – Indoor Trampoline Park

BOUNCE Inc. Adelaide – Indoor Trampoline Park

The BOUNCE SA venue is based Adelaide in Marleston. It’s a massive indoor adventure park that provides an adrenaline rush for all ages. Imagine more than 50 interconnected trampolines with the Big Bag, Slam Dunk and Dodgeball courts rolled in. It’s also home to the…

Port Augusta Skatepark

Port Augusta Skatepark

Where: Port Augusta foreshore (Behind the Woolworths) Port Augusta Skatepark opened in 2010 and is still a fantastic community space in great condition. There no bowl per se but a large but accessible kinking bowled type area. It’s got a beyond vert half pipe section…

George Street Reserve

George Street Reserve

Where: George Street, Marion The City of Marion have opened up yet another fabulous playground (they are really setting the standard aren’t they), this time a spacious playground at George Street. With an in-ground trampoline, swing, sandpit, water pump and 2…

Glenside Playground

Glenside Playground

Where: Cedarwoods development at Glenside. Corner Fullarton/Greenhill Road The fantastic playground built within the Cedar Woods development at Glenside is now open! Built by Space Landscape Construction, civil construction works have been completed and landscaping…

Yanyarrie Avenue Reserve, Edwardstown

Yanyarrie Avenue Reserve, Edwardstown

Where: Yanyarrie Avenue, Edwardstown A beautiful brand new playground opened in May 2021, nestled snugly in the backstreets of Edwardstown, you will find City of Marion designed (Talented Jason Avery at work here again) ripping spot to relax and take a moment out of…

Karoonda Playground

Karoonda Playground

Where: Railway Terrace, Karoonda Part of the Mallee Playground Trail (A ripping local initiative linking 3 playgrounds at Karoonda, Wynarka and Wanbi), the space themed Karoonda Playground is an absolutely awesome attraction for the region, making it a must stop for…

Lightsview Adventure Park

Lightsview Adventure Park

Where: South Parklands, Lightsview A fabulous adventure playground has been added to the Lightsview development, which is well worth the trip! Opened in April 2021, the nature play themed park includes water play, a huge number of logs and balancing beams to test out…

Central Avenue Reserve Hallett Cove

Central Avenue Reserve Hallett Cove

Where: Central Avenue, Hallett Cove A fabulous new addition to the City of Marion’s range of playspaces opened up in March 2021, with the brand spanking new playground at Central Avenue Reserve. Using the site’s slope to the fullest advantage, the highlight here is a…

Tailem Bend Playground

Tailem Bend Playground

Where: Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend Train fans this one is for you! That might even equally apply to the train enthusiast parents as well, because this one is a beauty! A fully fenced, humungous playspace in the heart of Tailem Bend, this one not only caters to train…

Susan Wilson Memorial Playground Beachport

Susan Wilson Memorial Playground Beachport

*** April 2021 Update *** The fantastic playground upgrade at Beachport is OPEN, just in time for Easter and the April school holidays. The playground is headlined by easily one of the best playground pirate ships in the state, with plenty of sand play, climbing rope…

Wittunga Botanic Garden Playground

Wittunga Botanic Garden Playground

Huge news for the new year with work finished on a new nature play space at the Wittunga Botanic Garden!The play space is a fun way for children to learn about the environment and has been designed with help from local primary school students. We popped down for a…

The Big Slide Park Craigburn Farm

The Big Slide Park Craigburn Farm

Where: 4 Fisher Crescent, Craigburn Farm The name says it all and YES it is a BIG slide. This playground is a hidden gem tucked away amongst houses in this quiet suburb but well worth a visit. This playground is FABULOUS to burn off some energy and it suitable for a…

Spring Crescent Playground Banksia Park

Spring Crescent Playground Banksia Park

Where: Spring Crescent at Banksia Park What a cracking little playground, tucked away in the backstreets of Banksia Park near the Tea Tree Gully Footy Club. With a great treehouse style fort and slide combo, mixed in with swings and lots of climbing equipment for…

Inlet Reserve Playground Tennyson

Inlet Reserve Playground Tennyson

Inlet Reserve Playground is a great little playground located at the top of Trimmer Parade as you come off Military Road in a beautiful spot right next to the water. The park is new and modern with a great range of equipment for both young and older kids, including…

Dwyer Road Oaklands Park

Dwyer Road Oaklands Park

Folks, the future is here! Remeber the Jetson’s? The cartoon with the family from the future who flew around in flying cars and lived in houses in the sky? Well they probably played at playgrounds like this! The Dwyer Road playground at Oaklands Park is the first high…

Alpine Road Reserve

Alpine Road Reserve

Where: Alpine Road, Seacombe Heights Opening for business (kid business that is) from the start of November 2020, this fantastic new park is tucked away in the quiet back streets of Seacombe Heights. It really has it all this one, with a junior playground and flying…

Burnside Adventure Playground, Kensington Gardens Reserve

Burnside Adventure Playground, Kensington Gardens Reserve

Hidden away in the inner Eastern suburbs is this the awesome Burnside Adventure Playground. Despite being a multi-award winning park and just off The Parade, I’ve been surprised to find how many locals don’t even know about this place with things to do for families of…

Wigley Reserve Playground

Wigley Reserve Playground

Fabulous news that we have been waiting MONTHS for….the opening of the incredible upgrade at Wigley Reserve at Glenelg. Sometimes fantastic photos do a far better job at telling a story and this is absolutely one of those occasions. Check out how good it looks! The…

Taperoo Playground

Taperoo Playground

When you have older kids, it can sometimes be harder to find playgrounds that give them enough of a challenge to stay enthusiastic enough to not be annoying…..thankfully Taperoo Playground is a winner! A beautiful spot, with fabulous manicured grass to make any dad…

Best “Themed” Playgrounds in Adelaide

Best “Themed” Playgrounds in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to some amazing playgrounds, but sometimes, your kids may have a really intense love for a very specific theme. Most kids do at some point, whether it be dinosaurs, pirates, trains or just wanting to run around and get so damn dirty that you think you…

Mermaid Street Reserve Seaford Meadows

Mermaid Street Reserve Seaford Meadows

This one could just about be more of a lawn appreciation post because the lawn at this brand spanking new playground in the heart of the Seaford Meadows new development, is quite simply sensational! Hats off to whoever is in charge of the maintenance because it is…

Fern Avenue Reserve Fullarton

Fern Avenue Reserve Fullarton

Where: Fern Avenue, Fullarton The 2019 upgrade to Fern Ave Reserve in Fullarton has made this lovely, fully-fenced playground even better. The new playspace has a nature play feel with lots of natural elements, sandpit, jumping logs and more. There are a number of…

Jubilee Wooden Adventure Playground Port Noarlunga

Jubilee Wooden Adventure Playground Port Noarlunga

Jubilee Playground is one of the biggest and best playgrounds in the Adelaide area. It’s an oldie but a goodie and most of the awesome play equipment that forms a castle is made out of wood which makes it even cooler! Jubilee Playground has HEAPS of things to…

Dulcie Perry Reserve

Dulcie Perry Reserve

Where: 36 Cecelia Street, North Brighton Ah beautiful North Brighton, so close to some of the best beaches in Adelaide and also some of the best playgrounds. Dulcie Perry Reserve is another hot spot which the whole fam will love. A nice and updated playground with…

Blamey Reserve

Blamey Reserve

Where: Kooralla Grove, Kidman Park What a great little park this one is. With a fantastic range of play equipment, including some reasonably challenging climbing equipment to a playground with an enclosed twirly slide, this has something for most ages. It even has a…

Carnegie South Reserve Royal Park

Carnegie South Reserve Royal Park

What a fantastic spot this is, tucked away in the very quiet back streets of Royal Park. Heaps of space, including the nearby soccer oval and surrounding beautiful grassed area, this is such a good family playground. With heaps of off road parking, you will find…

Barossa Adventure Station

Barossa Adventure Station

Now open to the public, the photos for this place looked fantastic and it lived up to the expectations and more! This family friendly and highly accessible facility (toilets YES!) features a 1km mountain bike trail, zip-line, in-groundtrampolines, multi-level…

Bowman Park Nature Play Crystal Brook

Bowman Park Nature Play Crystal Brook

The incredible new nature play space at Bowman Park Crystal Brook is now open! The photos below just look incredible and we can’t wait to head up and have a look on our next road trip. Designed and built by the uber talented folks at Climbing Tree Consultancy (Simon…

Don Moseley Park Keith

Don Moseley Park Keith

If you are heading to the states South East or on a road trip to Melbourne or any where along Dukes Highway, Keith Playground (around 2.5 hours from Adelaide) is an iconic MUST stop. Their famous ‘train’ could well be the last of the states REAL fun old school play…

Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon

Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon

Here is a great fresh playground with something for kids of all ages including at least four separate climbing opportunities. Set in a quiet suburban street, Don Klaebe is not fully fenced, but feels safe and is definitely worth diverting a little out of your way for…

Old Gum Tree Reserve & Playground, Glenelg

Old Gum Tree Reserve & Playground, Glenelg

Combine a fantastic playground with all the facilities you will need, with a bit of local history, and you have the Old Gum Tree historic site and playground at Glenelg.  With 3 seperate undercover areas to cater for multiple groups at one time, scattered around…

Kentish Green, Para Vista

Kentish Green, Para Vista

This playground was updated in 2015 and it a really cool little hidden playground gem we were told about by one of our Facebook friends. (Thanks Chris!) This is a nice big open space with room to run around, walking paths, shaded and fully fenced playground, tables…

Monash adventure playground

Monash adventure playground

Where: Madison Road, Monash – between Barmera and Renmark in the Riverland Most of us oldies will remember Monash Playground from when we were kids. Back in the 80s and 90s it looked a bit like this.. It was EPIC! (and also terrifying) It doesn’t look like that…

St Kilda Adventure Playground

St Kilda Adventure Playground

For those who grew up in Adelaide, you’d probably have been out St Kilda Adventure Playground when you were a kid, but have you been back since 2015? It’s got all the awesome stuff that I remember from my childhood, and more… and green grass, less dust, water, shade…

Apex Park, West Beach

Apex Park, West Beach

Complementing the playground, the upgraded area at Apex Park caters for a wide variety of ages and is great for catch ups, parties, a general play or hit of tennis. The fully fenced playground features lots of equipment over a quite large area. It is a bark chip…

Minda Farm Reserve, Craigburn Farm

Minda Farm Reserve, Craigburn Farm

Nestled amongst the bushland at Craigburn Farm, this brand new adventure nature playground is a real winner and worth the drive. Essentially being a bit of a ninja/climbing course over rocks, poles and other naturey type objects, it is great for kids and parents to…

St Clair Recreation Precinct

St Clair Recreation Precinct

With an additional $26.5m funding for the upgrade this amazing NEW recreation and play space will provide awesome experiences for locals and visitors. The revitalised precinct is a huge win for families and we are pleased to let you know Stage One and most of Stage…

Mitchell Park Oval Playground

Mitchell Park Oval Playground

Using the existing trees for shade and consisting of a lovely combination of play equipment and nature play this play concept is an awesome addition and enhancement to the Mitchell Park Oval and Sports facilities. The Marion council contributed $235 000 to this…

Victor Harbor Regional Youth Park and Teenranger

Victor Harbor Regional Youth Park and Teenranger

If your kids are a bit old for the new GT Fisher Playground at Victor, or you need a spot where kids can play on equipment and also have a skate and shoot some hoops this is a great spot right on the foreshore. This area is suited more to older kids. The playground…

Heywood Park – NEW Mini Ninja Course OPEN

Heywood Park – NEW Mini Ninja Course OPEN

MINI NINJA OBSTACLE COURSE IS OPEN! Calling all Mini Ninjas. Heywood Park in Unley is the place to be. In addition to the 2 separate play areas this play space has the Unley Council have now added an awesome Mini Ninja course designed for ages 10 – 14. In addition,…

Mt Compass Recreation Park

Mt Compass Recreation Park

This epic new skate park has just opened to the public this week and if your kids love to ride, skate or scoot you HAVE to put this on your school holidays to do list. Image credit: LCS Landscapes The $1.15m recreation park includes a skate park, BMX track and nature…

George Whittle Reserve Prospect

George Whittle Reserve Prospect

Opened in late August, 2019, George Whittle Reserve is an amazing new space for families in Adelaide’s inner North. With a great new skate park facility, fenced mixed use courts, playground, nature inspired climbing area, BBQs and shelter this is sure to be a winner!…

Pine Reserve Aberfoyle Park

Pine Reserve Aberfoyle Park

The Pine Reserve playground in Aberfoyle Park offers a mixture of nature play and forest adventure, combined with an obstacle course style play structure designed in the mid 90s in collaboration with the army. But unlike many 1990s things, this playground has aged…

MJ McInerney Reserve, West Croydon

MJ McInerney Reserve, West Croydon

If your kids love slides, skate parks or shooting hoops……this is going to be their new favourite playground. We’re talking big slides, small slides, straight slides and one great big epic curly slide that is going to be VERY busy this weekend! We’re calling it the…

GT Fisher Nature Playground

GT Fisher Nature Playground

*** AUGUST 2021 UPDATE*** Stage 2 of this fabulous development has been completed and it looks brilliant. The earlier redeveloped GT Fisher Playground in Victor Harbor opened in July 2019 and is located where the old train playground was, right near the horse trams,…

Oaklands Estate Wetland, Reserve & Recreation Plaza

Oaklands Estate Wetland, Reserve & Recreation Plaza

A lovely balance between new equipment and nature play this upgraded play area is magic. The City of Marion spent $825,000 on this upgrade in 2019 completing the 12-hectare Oaklands Recreation Precinct which contains a wetland, skate park, education centre and rotunda…

Victoria Square/Kadina Playground

Victoria Square/Kadina Playground

Where: Corner of Graves and Hay Street, Kadina Some people think this is the best playground on the Yorke Peninsula, and we’d have to agree it would certainly be up there!This play space is divided into two areas. The main kids playground area is located in one corner…

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Woodhouse Activity Centre

A 54-hectare property located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills suburb of Piccadilly (around 20 mins from the CBD). Get ready for an awesome adventure-packed day out. One that will guarantee to wear the kids out and, if you’re anything like me, give those calves a…

Goolwa Nature Play Space| Bristow Smith Reserve

Goolwa Nature Play Space| Bristow Smith Reserve

Another one to add to the Nature Playground list! This $600,000 project was opened in late 2015 and is located in a beautiful big waterside park, right near the yacht club in Goolwa. On the weekend or in the school holidays you can often see people taking their boats…

Fab Flying Foxes in Adelaide

Fab Flying Foxes in Adelaide

Everyone loves the thrill of a flying fox! There’s nothing better than flying through the air faster than the wind then running back to do it all over and over again! When the slides turn into hot plates in summer the foxes can never let a thrill seeker down. Here are…

Blackwood Park Treetops Playground

Blackwood Park Treetops Playground

Welcome to Adelaide’s newest playground literally living up to its name Tree Tops. Based around the existing trees in the new Blackwood Park Estate this play space is an adventure haven. As soon as you arrive you see this amazing tall red climbing structure nestled…

Goldenfields Reserve Playground, Golden Grove

Goldenfields Reserve Playground, Golden Grove

WOW this playground/reserve is something to get excited about and is one of our favourite parks in Adelaide. It literally has everything you want for the family and more. This play space has extensive play equipment zoned in key areas to cater for all ages. The little…

Payneham Oval Playground

Payneham Oval Playground

THIS PARK IS A WINNER! We stopped in on the way to cherry picking at Lennane’s for a “quick” play but it turned into an extended play once we got there and we’ll definitely be back. This park was renovated in 2015 and it still looks great. It’s in a really nice big…

Keith Stephenson Park – Mt Barker

Keith Stephenson Park – Mt Barker

Another park in Mt Barker with LOADS of space. Keith Stephenson Park is located on Adelaide Road, Mount Barker There is lots of space, lots of shady trees and lots of spots for a picnic and a play on the playground. There are walking trails, bike paths and even a duck…

Morialta Mukanthi Conservation Park Playground

Morialta Mukanthi Conservation Park Playground

The eagle has landed at Morialta Playground… in a 7 metre tall nest – and your kids can climb it! Yep, the new Morialta Conservation Park playground is AWESOME! Best suited to kids aged 5-15years, it is great to see a play area perfect for older families . The…

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and playground, Salisbury

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park and playground, Salisbury

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park is a great, updated recreation park with a large new playground and over 17km of fantastic mountain/BMX paths for riders of all abilities. We took the youngsters there recently and they had a ball on the playground as well as riding the…

Bridge Terrace Playground

Bridge Terrace Playground

The Bridge Terrace Playground in Victor Harbor is close to the beach and skate park, along the foreshore to the left of the main jetty. It’s more of an adventure-style playground with equipment ideal for kids who love climbing so if you take younger children who are…

West Beach Adventure (formerly MegaAdventure)

West Beach Adventure (formerly MegaAdventure)

Since opening in November 2015 West Beach Adventure has grown to become one KiA’s favourite family days out in Adelaide. Kids from pre school age right up to teens, and us adults are catered for with something for every one. West Beach Adventure doesn’t have age…

Nature’s Playground at Adelaide Zoo

Nature’s Playground at Adelaide Zoo

Nature’s Playground is a fantastic play space for kids of all ages, although the climbing equipment best suits kids 4 years and up (smaller kids have things to do and play with too, but be prepared to spend some time lifting them on, off and over things!). Located…

Bonython Park

Bonython Park

Where: Port Rd, Adelaide What a beautiful playground for kids of all ages! Renovated back in late 2012, the Bonython Park Playground has a some very cool features not found in the typical suburban park. Some of the best equipment includes two 25m flying fox lines fun…

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  • When we think of the playgrounds for toddlers we think of one key thing FENCES. Anything else is pretty much a bonus! We also look for swings, toilets and, even better, a nice shaded space. These things are not always possible (why don't ALL playgrounds have fences ALL the way around?!), but check out these playgrounds around Adelaide that we think your kids- and you- will love [catlist id=1175 thumbnail=yes]

  • When you have older kids, it can sometimes be harder to find playgrounds that give them enough of a challenge to stay enthusiastic enough to not be annoying.....thankfully Taperoo Playground is a winner! A beautiful spot, with fabulous manicured grass to make any dad jealous and is perfect for picnics. There is a small tramp built into the ground which is always fun for a bounce or two. What we loved the most was the huge climbing equipment which had a range or ropes and little challenges to weave around as you climb. We haven't seen anything like this in our travels for a long time and love some playground design creativity to challenge the older kids. There is also extra equipment with swings and slides more suited to the younger kids, nature play, plus a half court basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment too! They have also included a BBQ, shelter and toilets to make this a very well designed facility for the family.

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