After driving north from Adelaide for hours (and with a car full of kids what can seem like a lifetime) you will stumble across the newly upgraded playground at Hawker, located close to the main highway so it can’t be missed!

It’s shaded, fully fenced, toilets nearby and wait for it…4G phone coverage! There’s a slide, some rockers , see saw and enough to keep the kids happy while you have a rest, grab a coffee from the nearby general store and let the kids run off some energy in the shade before the next leg of the trip.

Elder Terrace, Hawker

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