Category: Hills


Anembo Park – Mt Barker

If you’re looking for somewhere with space……LOTS of space…….Anembo Park is your answer. Anembo Park is located between Mount Barker and Littlehampton just after the Hahndorf turn off and after a recent upgrade this place is awesome! The park spans over 29 acres and include one fully fenced softball diamond, two Soccer ovals, a hockey pitch, six tennis courts you can hire, BMX track, remote control car track,...

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Bridgewater Mill Playground

This stunning playground is just about everything we love about a day out in our beautiful Adelaide Hills. Coffee (Hello ‘Little Cog’!), 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. When we...

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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 course the huge climbing tower and tube slide for the big kids. We raced down for a visit shortly after it opened and we have to say, it is an incredible facility but there are...

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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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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 hips. There’s also a dirt BMX track with jumps.

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Kersbrook Playground

Where: 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 equipment...

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Harrogate Playground

Where: 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

Where: 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 which...

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Charleston Playground

Where: 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. Lots...

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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 Adelaide families out on a road trip. The star attraction is of course the 3-storey high tower, complete with double tube slide and observation deck area. The playground is fully...

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Meadows Playground

Where: Battunga Road, Meadows Not every playground needs to cost a million bucks and have every whizz bang feature to be a memorable day out does it. Sometimes it is all about the serenity and a relaxing moment in a busy day, where you can sit and the kids can play. Well the Meadows Playground, about 20 minutes south of Mt Barker, is one of those spots. Fully fenced, and with some absolutely beautiful natural shade (Trees. Lots of trees), which...

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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 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 the unique nature play items, climbing the...

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Amy Gillett Bikeway

Mountain biking seem a bit too much for you and the kids? Prefer the idea of road riding but concerned about the traffic? The Amy Gillett Bikeway located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills is one of a number of dedicated safe cycling routes around the state to encourage family participation and a healthy active lifestyle. It currently stretches from Oakbank to Mount Torrens but an extension to Birdwood is also in the making. Being built on an...

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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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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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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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Alec Johnson Park Hahndorf

Where: Main St, Hahndorf Hahndorf is one of the best day trip locations in our fabulous state. Seriously nothing better than a walk along Main Street, popping  into the little shops for a treat or an ice cream, then washing it all down with a litre of beer from a stein and a few kilos of meat (Hahndorf Inn you have my heart….but I digress) There has always been a couple of small playgrounds in Hahndorf but the recent re-development of the...

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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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Belair Adventure Playground

Located within Belair National Park and surrounded by 800 hectares of beautiful bush this playground is an oldie, but a goodie! These photos bring back so many memories for us. Can anyone else remember school excursions here in the 80s and eating massive bush biscuits? Sitting in the huge concrete tunnels and then scurrying away trying to hide from your friends. Belair National Park sells itself. An iconic spot in Adelaide with beautiful...

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Wildflower Park at Eden Playground

A brand new $1million dollar playground has just opened in Two Wells! Near the Eden Residential Estate, the new playground is another nature play themed play space and made from all natural materials. The park itself is quite small but there’s lots of balancing logs and beams, climbing nets, a nest swing, and a great hill slide that little sliders will love. There’s an undercover picnic area with BBQ, making this a great spot for a...

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Yarrabee Road Reserve, Playground and Tennis Court, Greenhill

Could this public tennis court have the best view in Australia? We think it must be close. Yarrabee Road Reserve at Greenhill is a public tennis court which has recently (June 2019) been resurfaced and fencing completed to make them safe and user-friendly. There are no toilets though so make sure you’ve taken care of that before you go. You’ll find it off Greenhill Road, just past Greenhill Recreation Park where you can also enjoy a...

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Playgrounds coming to littlehampton and blakiston

GRANT SUCCESS FOR LITTLEHAMPTON AND BLAKISTON $800,000 has been earmarked to upgrade Miels Park and the Glebe Land in Littlehampton and Blakiston. Council recently announced that funding has been secured in a joint council/State Government project.Miels Park will benefit with improved parking areas, footpath and pedestrian safety that will be integrated with existing sports courts, playground and amenities. Proposed works at the Glebe include a...

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Aston Hills Adventure Playground, Mt Barker

There are a heap of new developments up at Mt Barker (only half hour from the city I might add) and with the expansion has come a bunch of brilliant new playgrounds and other play-spaces. The bonus of Barker is aaaallllll of the space to do all of the things….which sometimes you don’t get down the hill in town. A brand spanking new spot is in the Aston Hills development on Seymour Drive Mt Barker, which is on the outskirts of Barker...

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Blackwood Hill Reserve

Who loves a double playground? Of course you do! Blackwood Hill Reserve, funnily enough located up in the backstreets of Blackwood next to the footy club, is a huge complex offering not only the use of the pristine footy club oval (dare say Saturdays it may be busy in winter though!), but cool little playgrounds on either side.  What you might find cool like we did, is apart from the playgrounds and the oval, the Blackwood Hill Reserve is...

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Monalta Drive Playground, Belair

Nestled in the back streets of leafy Belair is this absolute beauty. It doesn’t quite have every fancy park feature (looking at you toilets, fencing and BBQs) but if you judge a playground on how much the kids complain when you tell them its time to go, then this is an absolute winner. The highlight is a ripper flying fox (you know we love our flying foxes), which has been expertly tested by our professional flying fox tester Tim and his...

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Bridgewater Fairy Garden

** 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, imagination or just getting outdoors, they will...

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Byethorne Park Nairne

Byethorne 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 interesting play equipment for the kids to...

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Davenport Square, Macclesfield

Davenport Square is the village green of Macclesfield with picnic, BBQ and toilet facilities. It’s a lovely big open grassy space where you can quite happily watch one child skating while another one plays on the play equipment, has a run around or kicks a ball. Play equipment is best suited to toddlers and smaller kids and includes swings, climbing walls and ropes, spinner and slide. Park Features: SkateparkBBQ (Electric)Lawn / grassed...

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Springlake Nature Playground, Mount Barker

Flying Fox Alert!You’ll find this playground within the Springlake development in Mount Barker. This is a small park with a slide, a few different swings, climbing logs and a great flying fox. It’s a really nice quiet peaceful spot, great for kids who aren’t keen on big noisy play spaces. No toilets and no shade but some nice big gum trees surrounding the park There’s a great cafe called Pallet about 50m away….one...

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