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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 may get arrested for stealing sand. Whatever your kid is into, we have scoured the archives and compiled a list of some of Adelaide’s Best Themed Playgrounds for you to...

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Hazelwood Park Playground | Wombat Waterhole | Burnside

Find it at: Greenhill Road, Hazelwood Park Hazelwood Park Playground is a beauty for families of all ages and abilities. Upgraded in 2010 (and given a bit more TLC in early 2024), this shady park with plenty to do was one of the first (and still one of our fave) parks with a nature play feel. Set in the corner of the huge reserve there is plenty of space, plenty of shade and plenty of play equipment. In the summer the Burnside Outdoor Pool is...

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Dunstan Adventure Playground, St Peters

Find it at: Winchester Street, St Peters This wonderful playground upgrade, completed in 2023, includes new adventure-themed play equipment, toilets, picnic and BBQ facilities and park furniture. The Dunstan Adventure Playground is full of excellent equipment for adventurous kids. A lot of the equipment is aimed at older children though, so your kids will need to feel pretty confident, the slide is beyond huge and kids will need their balance...

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Morialta Mukanthi Conservation Park Playground

Find it at: Morialta Conservation Park, Woodforde The eagle has landed at Morialta Playground… in a 7 metre tall nest – and your kids can climb it! Yep, the 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. With over 100 car parks and walking trails to guide you, it makes a visit to the park even easier to navigate for families. The...

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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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McElligott’s Reserve Springfield

Find it at: Carrick Hill Drive, Mitcham If you have a future ninja warrior in the house, check out the Ninja Course Playground at McElligott’s Reserve in Springfield.Mitcham Council have installed a boulder climb, rope net wall, commando bar climb and an electronic stopwatch wall to time yourself against the kids! This will no doubt coincide with an increase in soft tissue injuries presenting at the local physios, but thats what being a...

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Penfold Park Auldana

Find it at: The Parade, Magill What a fabulous playground and reserve this one is. Talk about a stunning location, you will find this if you head east on The Parade far enough til you think you are about to drive into the front garden of the fancy houses in the foothills. The playground has had a huge upgrade in December 2022 and is set a little way back from the car park, which is great because you get to walk across a beautiful little stone...

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Tusmore Park Wading Pool

Find it at: Stirling St, Tusmore Opening in March 2022, the Tusmore Park Wading Pool is fast becoming a favourite spot for visitors to cool down. The design features a fully fenced and shaded wading pool, lawned areas for picnics, a new creek style section, tiered seating and water play equipment for plenty of splashing and playing during the summer months. A few points worth mentioning: It’s fully fenced!! Hoorah! It’s unsupervised...

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Glenunga Hub Playground

Find it at: L’Estrange Street, Glenunga Glenunga hub playground opened in 2017 and quickly became one of our favourites – if you visit this summer you’ll probably see us there! As you may have noticed, many of our recent favourite playgrounds include those with ‘active’ options for kids – water play, sand play, climbing, nature play etc, not just swings and slides. Glenunga hub playground is one of these...

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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 (That and getting kicked in the ribs at 3am by a restless toddler….isn’t that just so fun!) With that in mind coffee lovers, we have scoured our epic playground...

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Mitcham Reserve

Find it at: Corner Old Belair Road and Norman Walk, Mitcham This ripper was upgraded in December 2018 and we absolutely love it! The new playground updates are a credit to Nature Play Design and the City of Mitcham with a great mix of the nature play elements alongside more traditional equipment. On the larger side of the park (the Northern side) there is the highlight of the new upgrade to Mitcham Reserve with a double story ‘elf...

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Hope Valley Reservoir

Find it at: Hope Valley, SA Fantastic news with the announcement that from December 13 2020, we will be able to walk, cycle and explore Hope Valley Reservoir for the first time in 150 years (give or take a year or two). Construction is about to commence, with first cab off the rank being a network of walking and cycling trails which will take you from the reservoir and link with existing paths alongside the O-Bahn busway. The fabulous new...

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Glenside Playground

Find it at: 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, this is a fantastic facility for the locals and is well worth stopping by if you spot it driving down Fullarton Road. With swings, a toddler playground, ninja-style course, basketball court, stepping logs and a ginormous climbing tower...

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Burnside Adventure Playground, Kensington Gardens Reserve

Find it at: The Parade & West Terrace, Kensington Gardens 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 all ages and interests! It s a firm fave for us and our two boys under 5, plus our friends with toddlers...

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Syd Jones Reserve

Find it at: Sullivan Street, Payneham South This little back street spot has just been opened in October 2020 after a fairly reasonable upgrade, which as you can see from the pics has made it a fantastic spot for the locals. The Syd Jones Reserve Upgrade includes: A brand spanking new playground Replacement of the tennis courts with a new multi-purpose hard surface New shelter and barbecue New toilet (woo hoo!) New pathways, seating and...

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Kensington Park Oval

Find it at: The Parade, Kensington Park With a recent development (Opened September 2020) of the existing playground, this has been transformed into such a beautiful toddler playground. Nature play is the theme here with the playground sitting nicely with the local scenery, but the trade off for this is it probably is only a playground for the up to 5 years crowd. There is shade, toilets, a water fountain and tables, but it isn’t fully...

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Haslop Reserve Malvern

Find it at: Rugby Street, Malvern Tucked away is this cute Elephant themed nature play space, complete with sandpit, wooden and metal musical instruments to play and a whole lot more to explore! (Can’t ruin all the surprises can we). There is a lot of climbing equipment which the kid will love, slides, balancing equipment and don’t forget the basketball too with courts here as well. (located at the school, so after hours use only)....

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Greenglade Playground Paradise

Find it at: Greenglade Drive, Paradise Do you have a Dinosaur loving kid? Greenslade Playground at Paradise is a lovely little spot with a really cool dinosaur that you (or the kids…but don’t let me stop you!) can climb all over and through a little dino-tunnel! How cool! The dino is enough to make this stand out from the playground crowd, but it also has a great range of equipment too. With a fabulous 5-swing, which is more...

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#rideburnside Burnside Pump Track

#rideburnside 2022 track locations have been announced and after its initial trail rotating four locations, they have announced another year of four locations. It’s a pretty good set up (for a temporary job) and the KiA kids have enjoyed it on bikes and scooters and skateboards. The east is definitely lacking in these facilities, so this is a great initiative to provide the community. You’ll find the #rideburnside pump track at the...

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Tregenza Oval, Linden Park

Find it at: Laurel Avenue, Linden Park Sometimes all you need for toddlers is a little iddy biddy fenced and shaded spot with a few playground bits and pieces and a great big oval next door. Stunning Tregenza Oval at Linden Park is like a little Oasis amongst the backstreets of this leafy suburb. A small fenced and shaded playground sits off to the side of the oval, but the equipment is mainly a few small pieces for the little kids to climb...

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Drage Reserve, Felixtow

Find it at: Riverside Drive, Felixtow Tucked away in the backstreets of Felixstow, away from the busy main roads, this fantastic playground with modern and updated equipment is not only great for those in the area but just about worth a drive to visit. This playground is massive. With huge shade sails covering the majority of the fenced (yep entirely fenced!) new play equipment with a mix of rubber and bark flooring, not only will you and your...

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Flinders Parade Reserve, Newton

Find it at: Flinders Parade, Newton Flinders Parade Reserve in Newton is a nice little spot for those in the area who have little ones who love to ride around, but want a safe space to do it. With a great bitumen riding track complete with traffic signs and a few little routes to take, located on a quiet back street this is a good addition to the usual small backstreet playground set up.  The playground right next to the track is a big modern...

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Balham Ave Reserve, Kingswood

Find it at: Balham Ave, Kingswood If you like ducks then Balham Ave Reserve in Kingswood is the playground for you, sitting right next to the Urrbrae Wetland this is a small and fairly basic playground with a cool, apex rope/spider climbing frame and a dual swing set. The centre piece of Balham Ave Reserve is a pirate-themed multi-purpose unit including a rope climb, slide and monkey bars and several other pieces of equipment which I don’t know...

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Felixstow Reserve

Find it at: Langman Grove, Felixston The Felixstow Reserve redevelopment has just finished and this lovely community area opened in February 2019. The new park has been fully redeveloped and, while it doesn’t have a huge set of ‘play equipment’ it does have wide open spaces, wetlands, cultural and a fitness trail. A great new wetlands system, which provides a home for birds and animals while capturing, treating and storing...

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Howard Florey Reserve

Find it at: Campbell Road, Parkside Situated across from the Arkaba Hotel and shopping centre. We love that it is within easy walking distance to East Borough coffee shop on the Glen Osmond road which has the best coffee and brunch in Adelaide in our opinion! (And with a kids menu and toys and books available it’s a win win from us. The playground has two swings, a climbing frame with a climbing net, slide, ropes to walk across and monkey...

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Albert St Reserve Dulwich

Find it at: Albert St, Dulwich Driving down Albert St I had to have an extra closer look to find this quaint little park as it is placed behind a gorgeous white picket fence. As you open the gate you automatically get a magical feel as if you are entering a secret garden. With lots of grassed area at the front for either a picnic or games the area is surrounded by shrubs and trees. At the end of the grassed area you will find the play equipment...

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Payneham Oval Playground

This park was renovated in 2015 and it still looks great. It’s in a really nice big open space next to Payneham Oval and surrounded by trees and covered in nice green grass. The playground has shade sails over the main play areas but definitely make sure you bring your hat and sunscreen because there are lots of open areas to play. The playground is not fully fenced BUT it’s easy to watch your kids from all angles and the streets on...

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The Gums Reserve Tranmere

Find it at: Shakespeare Ave, Tranmere After an arvo walk around Morialta Falls this afternoon we drove past The Gums Reserve and had to stop and check it out. It’s a huge big great grassy space surrounded by beautiful great big old gum trees and has Sunday picnic written all over it. The park features a fully fenced toddler playground with wheelchair access, a basketball court and some workout equipment, but kids will get the most fun...

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Katherine Street Reserve Playground Fullarton

Find it at: Katherine Street, Fullarton UPDATE: The in-ground trampolines have recently been removed citing ‘noise issues’. City of Unley are aiming to relocate them elsewhere in the playground or in another park nearby soon. We will keep you posted. Oct 2017. The former site of a plant nursery, this corner block has long been waiting for something to reinvigorate the area and this great little park is just perfect for local...

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Ridge Park Myrtle Bank

Find it at: corner of Glen Osmond Rd and Barr Smith Ave, Myrtle Bank Ridge Park is located on the corner of Glen Osmond Rd and Barr Smith Ave in Myrtle Bank. As you can see from the map below, the park is HUGE and divided up into a number of sections that take up over 5 hectares. It’s the largest open space in the City of Unley. Ridge Park has a big oval, tennis courts, fitness equipment, toilets, an off leash dog area and of course the...

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