Adelaide Hills for Kids

Kids in Adelaide acknowledges the Peramangk people, the Traditional Owners of Country throughout the Adelaide Hills and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.


@Lenswood Pick Your Own Orchard

Pick Your Own Apples at @Lenswood isn’t just pick and run type of thing – it really is a fun full day out you can have with the whole family in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Their 2024 Season is now open and will run through until the end of May – read on to see why you need to take the family there this Autumn! It is so much more than just apple picking – yes that is definitely the highlight, but they also have so much...

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Gorge Wildlife Park, Cudlee Creek

The Gorge Wildlife Park is not your average wildlife park but a place where people and animals get together. Situated in the picturesque Adelaide Hills and only a 40-minute drive from Adelaide, the park offers an up-close and personal experience to an extensive range of Australian and exotic animals, birds and reptiles. We have visited many times now with kids of all ages. recently visited with the kids aged 8 and 4 and the whole family loved...

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Woodhouse Adventure Park (formerly 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 decent workout. Be sure to wear your sneakers! There’s so much to do here, you can easily spend a whole day OR better yet, make a weekend of it, and camp here! Activities...

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Bridgewater Mill Playground

Find it at: Mount Barker Rd, Bridgewater This stunning playground is just about everything we love about a day out in our beautiful Adelaide Hills. Coffee, stunning scenery and a fab playground for all ages. Located just below the Bridgewater Mill, the playground is fenced along the road and edges but NOT on the creek bed, which in my opinion is great because it allows kids to take there shoes off and go for a good explore in the creek bed....

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Kids Tasting Flights at Kimbolton wines

Of all of the wineries we have visited this year? Kimbolton has had the most on offer for kids and families, and we just love this place to bits. From the shady lawn games and kids welcome baskets, to the massive hand they played in the regions ‘Grapes for Good’ initiative, come take a look at our recent visit. Less than an hour away from the Adelaide CBD lies the Langhorne Creek wine region. Where is Langhorne Creek? Glad you...

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Beerenberg Pick your Own Strawberries

Strawberry Picking Beerenberg Farm (late October to April) A red ripe freshly picked strawberry has got to be one of the tastiest things in the whole world doesn’t it? If you haven’t taken the kids fruit picking yet definitely put it on the list these school holidays, and there’s no better spot than Pick your Own Strawberries at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf.  It’s the perfect activity with your kids that...

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Belair National Park Holiday Park

Belair National Park Holiday Park is a family run holiday park only 11km from the CBD. The park is situated in the picturesque Belair National Park and offers accommodation to suit all budgets and guests needs. You’ll feel the serenity as you arrive and breathe in the fresh eucalyptus filled air. From glamping eco tents to cottages and powered/unpowered caravan and camping sites, guests can choose the option that is most suited to them and all...

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Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Located about 10 minutes up the freeway, not far from the beautiful Mount Lofty house lie the stunning Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens. Spread over 97 hectares containing accessible paths and trails for all ages and abilities these gardens are sure to be a hit with the whole family. One of our favourite trails is the lakeside trail, which is a 1 kilometre loop around the main lake that has 8 artworks each with a different theme, this one is perfect...

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The BIG Rocking Horse and Toy Factory Gumeracha

Head up to Gumeracha to see the Big Rocking Horse – the World’s Biggest! – where you can even climb up and receive a certificate of achievement upon completion! The Big Rocking Horse makes a great visit in the Adelaide Hills area – climb to the top of the Rocking Horse, check out the awesome toy factory, grab a bite to eat and see all the animals. There is an onsite 7 acre wildlife park, with heaps of native animals from red...

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Grünthal Brew

If you are missing the sight of the yellow cow that used to greet you at Udder Delights in Hahndorf, don’t despair! The cow and the amazing cheeses are now just down the road at Grünthal Brew, along with great food, craft beer, wine, gin that can all be enjoyed in this family-friendly venue. We visited on a wet day and were delighted to find a fireplace doing a great job of keeping the space warm and cosy, surrounded by couches. The main dining...

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Stanley Bridge Tavern

If you love a family meal out and don’t mind a little journey to get to the *very best* places, get Stanley Bridge Tavern on your must visit list. Located in Verdun in the Adelaide Hills just a short hop, skip and jump off of the freeway before Hahndorf, and this is good news if your kids are like mine and don’t travel the windy hills roads well. Little energetic people will be fine here. Book to eat out in the sheltered large beer...

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Adelaide’s Road Side Produce Stalls

Did you know that Adelaide, in particular the Adelaide Hills has a fantastic trail of road side produce stalls? Ever wondered how to find them? We are talking more than just a bucket of home grown lemons too! Yep, this is a great excuse to throw the kids in the car and take a nice little low cost adventure through the Adelaide Hills or at least out of your usual digs. Our beautiful climate is perfect for growing a host of produce, and you can...

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Kersbrook Playground

Find it at: Glover St, Kersbrook Located behind the football oval, this fantastic facility opened in April 2021 and is yet another beautiful playground that has opened in the Adelaide Hills in 2021 (we really are building a great Hills Playground trail!). There are no toilets here that we could see, unless they were hidden behind the club rooms. The spacious playspace includes a huge flying fox, a cool sand play area, lots of nature play...

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Harrogate Playground

Find it at: Mail Road, Harrogate This is definitely one to check out in winter for that added adventure! Opened in mid 2021, this hidden gem in the heart of Harrogate has been transformed thanks to a $140k investment from Council. In response to the township plan and bushfire recovery efforts, the Harrogate Recreational Reserve has received a much needed facelift. Upgrades include a modern shelter housing a new barbecue, undercover seating and...

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Mount Torrens Playground

Find it at: Oval Road, Mount Torrens Put together by the talented team at Climbing Tree Consultancy (seriously they do some of the best playgrounds in SA), The Leckie Playground at Mt Torrens playground is another beauty. With plenty of natural shade, the lovely oval next door, bench seating, a picnic table, water play and some ripping nature play equipment for the kids to explore, this is a real winner. There aren’t any toilets however...

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Charleston Playground

Find it at: Newman Road, Charleston Adelaide Hills Council have put the finishing touches on this fabulous new playspace at gorgeous Charleston. Coming in at about $180 grand, this has plenty to offer all of your kids as they stop off to stretch the legs during your Sunday road trip. We love the 3 on 3 basketball court (plus adjacent tennis courts if that takes your fancy) as well as the little scooter track that travels around the playground....

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Strawberry Picking in S.A

There are so many pick your own activities around Adelaide, however no one can deny once you’ve tried a delicious freshly picked strawberry nothing else will ever compare! Strawberry picking season usually happens between October and May (weather dependant) but best to check each individual patch as they all vary.

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Mount Lofty Family Friendly Hike

Lets just be straight up here. Climbing Mt Lofty isn’t fun. It may have been sort of fun when you were 20, but now that you are old enough to injure yourself if you sneeze too hard, we need family orientated fitness that isn’t going to end up with some sort of surgery. Thankfully Mt Lofty-Lite is here, so you can get the fancy insta photo at the top with only half the exercise! Brilliant! Steub Trail (named after the Cleland...

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Hidden Tunnels of Adelaide

Exploring your own backyard with the kids and finding secret little spots you didn’t know about, is one of the best things about being a parent (apart from the constant thanks they give you for all the sacrifices you make…Ha!). Adelaide is full of tunnels and with not all of them still in use, some are now actually quite beautiful spots to visit and explore with the kids. Some are also probably scary AF but lets take the good with...

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Barristers Block – a family friendly winery

Barristers Block is officially my favourite winery to go with kids. I’ve been to a number of recommended wineries from the Barossa to McLaren Vale and this has gone straight to the top of the list! Situated in Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, I recently took my English relatives to Barristers Block for lunch during a day in the hills and it didn’t miss a beat. Barristers Block is a lovely winery on the main street in Woodside, just...

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Melbas Chocolate Factory

Melbas Chocolate Factory is located just past the main shopping area of Woodside, about 40mins east of Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills. It is a great place to take the family on a day trip or main destination around which to plan a few hours in the Hills one day. When we were kids I spent a LOT of time helping myself to the samples at Melba’s as my sister used to ride horses at one of the nearby properties and I had a lot of spare time to...

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Cudlee Creek Cafe

In the beautiful Adelaide Hills, just down the road from Gorge Wildlife Park, the Cudlee Cafe is a gorgeous spot for lunch, coffee, cake and a play in the picturesque grounds. Since the devastating Dec 2019 bushfires, the local area needs your visit more than ever so plan a day in the Hills to support these communities. On the drive up Gorge Road we saw no less than 5 koalas from the car alone, but be sure to take care as lots of cyclists use...

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Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary is an Australian conservation icon, nestled in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. The land, a dairy at the time, was originally purchased in 1969 by environmentalist John Wamsley. Dr Wamsley converted the paddocks into five native habitats, including rainforest and wetlands. He protected these habitats with a 2 metre high, feral-proof fence. Warrawong is now a safe haven for all manner of rare and endangered native...

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Byethorne Park Nairne

Find it at: Woodside Road, Nairne yethorne Park is a beautiful Adelaide Hills playground located on Woodside Road in Nairne AND it’s just had a great little upgrade that includes a new nature play area and a beautiful great big grassy kick around area. DCIM\100MEDIA\DJI_0141.JPG The new nature play elements blend beautifully with the existing equipment that includes a climbing spiders web, flying fox, drums, bouncers and lots of...

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Lobethal Bakery

Welcome to Lobethal Bakery!! Situated in the gorgeous small town of Lobethal (with stores also in Woodside, Balhannah, Stirling and Mt Barker) – not too far from your back door! A perfect spot for an affordable family lunch, or a great reason to take a drive in the Adelaide Hills. A popular lunch spot! It may seem even closer when the trip is made for one of their FAMOUS giant donuts, almost as large as your child’s head and available in...

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Crafers Nature Playground

Find it at: Piccadilly Road, Crafers Crafers Primary School received a $150,000 “Fund My Neighbourhood” grant at the end of 2017 to help build a brand new nature playground for both the school and the wider community to enjoy. This playground is a work in progress, but it’s still definitely worth a visit to check out the new play areas that have been built, as well as play on the older existing equipment that I assume will...

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Stirling Steamroller Park

Find it at: Mount Barker Road, Stirling Nestled away in the beautiful Adelaide Hills suburb of Stirling, one of the first things you see upon exiting the freeway is the Stirling Steamroller Park. The park is fully fenced and is split into two areas, one for smaller children with baby swings, a mini slide, cubby house, balancing beams and rockers. There is also a great big tree perfect for climbing in, and exploring The other more suited to the...

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Cleland Wildlife Park

Cleland Wildlife Park is home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals. You’ll find kangaroos, koalas, echidnas, wombats, dingoes, many species of birds and reptiles and more. There are very few animal enclosures at Cleland. Most animals live in natural habitat and you can get up close for great photos. The animals are fully adapted to the park setting and accustomed to people, meaning you can pat and feed them. It’s more...

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Protea Reserve Playground, Crafers

Find it at: Protea Cres, Crafers I might be in a bit of trouble with the locals for sharing this cute little playground up in the Adelaide Hills so you’ll need to promise not to all rush up there straight away!The Protea Reserve Playground is hidden away at the end of Lesley Crescent in Crafers. It’s by no means the biggest park in Adelaide BUT it’s in such a gorgeous quiet location that it’s well worth a visit....

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