Outdoor Adventures

Adelaide is full of amazing outdoor adventures & fun to be had. In a world where we all want fresh air, exercise & to get the kids off screens, you NEED to check out some of the spots below to get out & about with the family.

From fruit picking, bush-walking, abseiling, rockpools & some quirky spots (hello Whispering Wall) through to playgrounds, pram friendly walks & kayaking spots – our Outdoor Adventure guide has it all! So pack the picnic, fill the car with petrol, slap on some suncream & get exploring! Report back to us with which family friendly outdoor adventures your kids loved the best across Adelaide & South Australia!


Adelaide Botanic Garden

It’s no secret that here at Kids In Adelaide we love somewhere free. Well, the Adelaide Botanic Garden surely has to be the ultimate FREE spot to enjoy with your kids! It’s a great place to pop in just for an hour or to spend a full day. Plus it’s even better now that the Tram line runs from the Adelaide Train Station straight down to the Botanic Garden gate. So forget about parking, jump onto the Tram & enjoy what the...

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Jungle in Willunga

A garden centre might seem like a weird place to take the kids, but this is no ordinary garden centre. This is a JUNGLE! For a gold coin donation, you can meander through the 35 year old palm forest, go on a jungle animal hunt and visit the Fairy Garden. Grab a clipboard and pen from the shop and GO! You’ll need to look up and down and all around, and remember the animals might have moved since your last visit! This fantastic adventure is fun...

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Southern Adventure Hub

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure for your older kids (aged 12+) then Southern Adventure Hub is a great option! Approximately 45 minutes drive south of Adelaide, near the McLaren Vale region it’s located in a lovely bush setting, with plenty of shade and places to enjoy a picnic. The main features of this adventure space are the 9 metre 2 sided rock climbing wall and continuous high ropes course, and when we say high ropes,...

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Old Tailem Town

Is it worth driving an hour out of Adelaide for a really cool retro photo of your kids? Erm heck yes if they come out as cool as these ones did! Just past Murray Bridge, about 90kms from the CBD you’ll find Old Tailem Town Pioneer Village. Opened to the public back in 1987 it’s Australia’s largest Pioneer Village and is a fun little spot to spend a couple of hours and show the kids what life was like for settlers of SA from...

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Sturt River Linear Park Trail Coromandel Valley

Looking for a quiet bike ride or easy little walk with the kids that also offers some adventure? (Think rope tree swings and flowing water – what could possibly go wrong). Last week we threw the bikes on the back of the car after school and set off to Coromandel Valley to check out a newly opened section of Sturt River Linear Park Trail that now connects the trail from the Institute Building on Main Road to Frank Smith Park at Coromandel...

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Wittunga Botanic Garden Playground

Find it at: Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood 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 visit after the opening (to be honest we have been popping in to watch the build progress as well!) and we had a ball! We loved exploring...

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Warriparinga Wetlands

Located just off the corner of Sturt and Marion Roads and just 5 minutes from Marion shopping centre are the Warriparinga Wetlands. The wetlands are located on 3.5 hectares and are also home to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre open Monday to Friday from 10am until 4pm and is open to all who want to learn about the Kaurna culture. The centre hosts an on site art gallery and a range of performances, events and...

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Edithburgh Tidal Pool

Did you know that Edithburgh on the Southern Yorke Peninsula is home to South Australia’s only tidal pool? There are talks of building one at Hallett Cove (and we’re here for it) but it’s just that at this stage, talks. So, if you want to experience some tidal pool action how about a trip to ‘The Burgh’? It’s a two and a half hour drive from Adelaide CBD……..Unless you’re a realist and your...

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Whispering Wall

Of all of the SA reservoirs, Barossa Reservoir with its famous ‘Whispering Wall’ is surely a favourite for kids. It doesn’t involve a big walk or hike and it is THE most magical experience to have one person whisper at the end of the reservoir wall and another hear it over 140 meters away on the other end. Better than milo tins on a string, and even better than the sound pipes in the Angaston Adventure Station (which are...

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Kayaking with Kids – Our top spots in S.A

Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to hire, borrow or dust off the kayak sitting in the shed. Why not try out visiting one of our favourite spots to kayak with kids in South Australia. When kayaking with kids always remember safety comes first so insure you check the weather conditions before you head out as a windy day will quickly ruin your kayaking plans. Make sure your life jackets are in good condition and fit well and take lots...

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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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Mt Bold Reservoir

Find it at: Mt Bold Reservoir Exciting news with Mt Bold opened for land-based recreational activities. The opening sees a 12km+ trail network established for hiking, running and walking, a new lookout and viewing platform with views across the dam wall and Mount Lofty Ranges, and a new car park, toilets and facilities for picnicking.Unlocking access to the southern section of the reserve enables the new trails to connect with the Kidman and...

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A picnic spot for every weekend in Spring

Goodbye Winter and hello Spring! We are 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 (plus a few extras). So, get your kite, your rug and start re-acquainting yourselves...

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Cleland Parkrun Bushwalk

Cleland Parkrun Course is tucked away in the stunning Adelaide Hills just 20 minutes from the CBD, The 5kms of trail path is accessible anytime of the week and is a reminder of just how stunning Adelaide is. When we stumbled across this little gem we knew we had to share with you as its especially great with kids. During the walk you can expect to see kangaroos, koalas, rainbow lorikeets and so many other bird species around. You do share the...

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Blackwood Forest Recreation Park

What a great adventure! Blackwood Forest Recreation Park is a fantastic suburban park located in Hawthorndene, just 12 kms from the Adelaide CBD The most striking feature of this park is the huge pine forest that is a great place for kids to explore. Lots of little cubbies and huts throughout to climb in and on, swings, creek, blackberries, mud and trees to climb too! Surprises around every corner. It’s a popular spot for walking,...

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Hindmarsh Falls, Hindmarsh Valley

We love finding little hidden adventures for you to explore with your families. Being the city folk that we are we had no idea that this beautiful spot could be found just down on the Fleurieu, around 15 mins drive from Victor or about an hour from Adelaide. You’ll find Hindmarsh Falls right smack bang in the middle of the Fleurieu Peninsula, around 15 mins from Victor or an hour(ish) from Adelaide. The Falls can be accessed at the end of...

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O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park

Find it at: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill A great spot for a family walk, bike ride, picnic or even better just a good old fashioned ADVENTURE. While there are no formal walking tracks, it’s very easy to follow the numerous fire access tracks located in the park. Please be aware that these tracks are shared with bikes, horses, dogs (on leash) and walkers so make sure your kids know to stay aware and look up! There’s lots of...

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Take the Kids Fishing in South Australia

Here are five great places to fish with young kids around Adelaide (with out a boat). 1. Westlakes Outlet Westlakes outlet is a great spot to fish with kids. There is close car parking, easy to access areas to fish and plenty of fish to catch for the kids. Expect to catch mullet, salmon trout and bream, but in this water body you will always get surprises with multiple species living in the area. You can fish this area year round and the best...

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Walking Morialta with Kids – our top tips

Don’t go mid morning…. earlier or later on a weekend is your best bet or if you can go on a weekday you’ll avoid the weekend traffic. Take snacks and water. Kids love to eat and drink and there’s nothing there, other than toilets which are available at the beginning of the Falls Walks or at the Morialta Playground. There are some good sealed paths for prams, as well as off the beaten track paths for hikers. Plenty of...

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Kuitpo Forest Mountain Bike Park – Prospect Hill

The Kuitpo Forest Mountain Bike Park, also known as Prospect Hill is a great place for mountain bike riders of all abilities. We have taken a number of primary school aged kids riding here, most of whom have never been single track riding before. They have enjoyed the challenge of learning to mountain bike, and intermediate riders are spoiled for choice in the great range of trails in the park. The trails aren’t signposted so keep a copy...

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Nangawooka Flora Reserve

Nangawooka is a small 5 acre reserve on the main Victor Harbor road not far from McCracken Golf Club. (corner of Waterport Road and Adelaide-Victor Harbor Rd) It’s a beautiful place for a walk with many varieties of native plants, trees and flowers as well as over 60 species of birds including a large population of Blue Wrens. You might even spot a few lizards, insects and even an echidna or two! There are nesting boxes among the trees...

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Brownhill Creek Recreation Park

Find it at: Brownhill Creek Road, Brown HIll Creek Test out an afternoon with nature at Brownhill Creek. Enjoy a quiet adventure with the family here year round. In summer there’s usually just enough water to be fun for the littler kids without the faster flowing water you’ll find here in Autumn and winter. We have spent a number of wonderful afternoons down at Brownhill Creek armed with nothing more than some bathers, towel,...

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Bridgewater Fairy Garden

Find it at: Arbury Park Road, Bridgewater ** Update February 2020 ** Unfortunately since we first posted about the Bridgewater Fairy Garden there have been some nasty trolls on the lose who have been in and stolen, broken or vandalised some of the fairy houses BUT we found out that there’s still some left to see and it’s still a cute way to spend an hour or two exploring somewhere new. If your kids are keen on fairies, magic,...

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Pick Your Own Figs and cellar door at Glen Ewin Estate

Not like you need any more of an excuse to head up into our beautiful Adelaide Hills, but we think we have found something you need to put in your calendar for each and every year. Fig picking at the sensational Glen Ewin Estate at Houghton. The seasonal delight is only open for between 4 to 6 weeks each year (dependent on weather), commencing around the start of February (again dependent on the blasted weather). You will need to be quick as...

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Naracoorte Caves

Pop quiz. What is South Australia’s only World Heritage site? If you answered Magic Mountain you would not technically be right, but you should be. No it’s the Naracoorte Caves of course. I would like to think that most South Australians have at least heard of the caves, or have already been. For me my last visit was 10 years ago but like a lot of places, it constantly changes and updates so for me it was like a whole new experience on this...

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Flinders Chase National Park

The Remarkable Rocks certainly live up to their name! Flinders Chase National Park is located 110km west of Kingscote, on Kangaroo Island. Follow the Playford and West End Highways or the South Coast Road. You will find an array of experiences to enjoy with the family, including lookouts, bushwalks, camping, wildlife spotting and whale watching. Five amazing experiences at this park: 1. On a clear night find somewhere around your campsite to...

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Encounter Bay, Marine Park

So tell me more…. Just a short drive from Adelaide you are treated with spectacular snorkelling and diving locations, whale watching areas and great fishing spots. Stretching from Fleurieu Peninsula to the north-eastern coast of Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, the park provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy the diverse marine life including leafy sea dragons, Australian sea lions, dolphins and southern right whales. Camping Options...

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Mt Compass Recreation Park

Find it at: Haywood Ct, Mt Compas 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 play space with basket swing and slide. There’s also a creek that’s great for water play so bring your boots and maybe a change of...

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Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and International Bird Sanctuary National Park

Find it at: Garden Island, SA Nature Play SA and National Parks SA have joined together to provide a range of fun & free events to be held at various National Parks around South Australia. Each month will feature a new park to discover, and the Park of the Month for November is Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and International Bird Sanctuary National Park. So tell me more…. The Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary is one of the delights you would...

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Whale Watching Victor Harbor

As the colder weather kicks in around Adelaide, the list of things most people want to do outside dwindles. But the exciting news is that Whale Watching season has begun! From late May right up until October Southern Right whales return to the shores around Encounter Bay, Victor Harbor area.Only an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the southern Fleurieu Peninsula is a whale watcher’s paradise so get some warm clothes, some binoculars and...

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