Adelaide Toddler Playgrounds

When we think of the playgrounds for toddlers we think of fences, swings, toilets, lots of tiny equipment and, even better, a nice shaded space. These things are not always possible (why can’t ALL playgrounds have fences ALL the way around?!), but check out these playgrounds around Adelaide that we think your kids – and you – will love


Bowman Park Nature Play Crystal Brook

Find it at: Bowman Park Road, Crystal Brook The incredible new nature play space at Bowman Park Crystal Brook is now open! The photos below just look incredible and we can’t wait to head up and have a look on our next road trip. Designed and built by the uber talented folks at Climbing Tree Consultancy (Simon has been promising to show us his shed…which we expect will be EPIC!), built in only 9 weeks (meanwhile painting a toy box...

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Dehli Avenue Hillcrest Playground

Find it at: Delhi Avenue, Hillcrest Check out the new Delhi Avenue Reserve playspace in Hillcrest which is now open. This new cool little playground features an adventure play space, slide, swing, climbing net, hanging bars and loads more. The locals love the addition and it is a fantastic improvement in the space. Alongside the playground there is a new nature play area and new half court surfacing. Total cost of this new playground was...

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Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon

Find it at: Drummond Ave, Findon Here is a great fresh playground with something for kids of all ages including at least four separate climbing opportunities. Set in a quiet suburban street, Don Klaebe is not fully fenced, but feels safe and is definitely worth diverting a little out of your way for a play if you are in the west. Adjacent the baseball club, there is ample access to a big semi fenced lawn if you want to bring the dog, kite or...

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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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Illyarrie Reserve, Surrey Downs

Find it at: Illyarrie Avenue, Surrey Downs A great little Northern suburbs park that is a great spot for a picnic or birthday party. Illyarrie is a nice big space with plenty of natural shade. There are two playground areas with equipment including a tunnel slide and toddler slide, a few different swings including a nest swing and a great climbing frame that little ninjas will love. Little kids will love the fire truck and you can even BYO ping...

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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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Joan Herraman Reserve, Ascot Park

Find it at: Sixth Ave, Ascot Park The Joan Herraman reserve has a brand new playground, adjoining the Scout Hall on Sixth Avenue. With a child safe locked fence on the Sixth Ave side (the busy main road), but no fence on the quieter street on the opposite side of the park which isn’t too bad.  Nature style playground with sand, slide, rope climb and water play, with lush beautiful grassed area for picnics or hurling the vortex around. Enough...

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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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Old Gum Tree Reserve & Playground, Glenelg

Find it at: McFarlane Street, Glenelg North (just off Tapley’s Hill Road) Combine a fantastic playground with all the facilities you will need, with a bit of local history, and you have the Old Gum Tree historic site and playground at Glenelg.  With 3 seperate undercover areas to cater for multiple groups at one time, scattered around a spacious area shaded by huge (probably gum) trees, this is the perfect spot for your family gathering...

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Baroda Ave Reserve, Netley

Find it at: Baroda Avenue, Netley Love a peaceful playground? easy parking? a convenient pit stop? Baroda Avenue Reserve Playground in Netley is a little hidden gem in the west. Ideal for an easy boredom buster for younger kids, a convenient playground for multiple little humans and without having to find a park or walk too far at all. The play area is on a quiet suburban street and is unfenced. A shade cloth covers the main play area and is...

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Apex Park, West Beach

Find it at: Burbridge Road, Westbeach Complementing the playground, Stage 1 of the upgraded area at Apex Park caters for a wide variety of ages and is great for catch ups, parties, a general play or hit of tennis. The fully fenced playground features lots of equipment over a quite large area. It is a bark chip surface, so with considering if unsteady on your feet, and there is unfortunately no accessible play here. If that doesn’t rule...

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Albert Greenfields Reserve

Find it at: Greenshields Place, Ridleyton Albert Greenfields Reserve is a nice little park nestled in Ridleyton just off Torrens Road. This playground is suitable for toddlers and above. There is a good variety of equipment, half court basketball court and lots of grass for the kids to run around, dance on or kick the ball. We grabbed a coffee from the nearby coffee shop, sat under a tree on a park bench and enjoyed watching the kids play. The...

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Shamrock Road Playground, Hallett Cove

Find it at: Shamrock Road, Hallett Cove Nestled amongst the neighbourhood of Hallett Cove and located right next to the Hallett Cove train station and tennis courts this playground has just had an upgrade and it looks fabulous. With a mixture of a few pieces of equipment, water and nature play this is a great spot for the local kids to hang out for the school holidays. The long tube green tunnel slide is the first thing you see as you arrive to...

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Westfield West Lakes Playground

Find it at: Brunelli Cafe, West Lakes Located outside Brunelli Café at West Lakes Shopping Centre this is a fab spot to sit and have a coffee and watch the kids play. Suitable for older kids and toddlers the playground does have something to cater for a mixture of ages. The main tower features 2 slippery dips for the kids to utilise and can only be accessed via ladder stairs or the bridge. Both require confident climbers. The enclosed silver...

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Aldridge Ave Reserve, Plympton Park

Find it at: Aldridge Avenue, Plympton Park Located in Plympton Park Aldridge Ave Reserve is a great little local playground and suitable for the nearby community or if you happen to be in the area. The playground suits toddler and early school age kids but also has 2 sports courts to cater for the older ones. The curly slippery dip was certainly our favourite and was definitely the reason our stay was extended just that little bit longer with a...

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St Clair Recreation Precinct

Find it at: St Clair Recreation Center With an additional $26.5m funding for the upgrade this amazing recreation and play space provides awesome experiences for locals and visitors. The revitalised precinct is a huge win for families and we are pleased to let you know after many visits to road test, it is one of our favourite playgrounds1 Stage One features a fabulous brand new 6 court basketball stadium, a dedicated indoor roller skate area (...

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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. 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...

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Mitchell Park Oval Playground

Find it at: Bradley Grove, Mitchel Park Using the existing trees for shade and consisting of a lovely combination of play equipment and nature play this play concept is an awesome addition and enhancement to the Mitchell Park Oval and Sports facilities. The Marion council contributed $235 000 to this upgrade for the community, a major enhancement to the existing facilities the oval currently offers. The playground features an embankment slide...

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John Mathwin Park Seacliff

Find it at: Lipson Avenue, Seacliff Located behind the Kauri Community Sports Centre this NEW playground is a great addition to this community space. With a pirate ship theme and its bright colours it is very hard to miss. Featuring a little something for everyone. I would say that this playground is for ages 3 and up with a few little pieces for the younger toddlers. The bright blue smiley face tubular slide is probably the hot attraction...

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Bindarra Reserve, Brighton

Find it at: Esplanade, Brighton The Holdfast Bay Council has really spoilt the Adelaide community with some great upgrades to the local parks and here is another one we just love. Bindarra Reserve was already a great playground and is always busy and with a fabulous new upgrade will now be even busier.  With a lovely seaside theme this new play space has come at a perfect time with summer school holidays as it directly opposite Brighton...

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GT Fisher Nature Playground

Find it at: Warland Reserve, Victor Harbor Stage 2 of this fabulous development has been completed and it looks brilliant. The earlier redeveloped GT Fisher Playground in Victor Harbor opened in July 2019 and is located where the old train playground was, right near the horse trams, this nature playground will have the kids smiling all around. What an amazing interactive, quirky playspace the people of Victor Harbor have delivered. Based around...

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Jubilee Park Glandore

Find it at: Wellington St, Glandore. Oh Jubilee Park playground where have you been hiding? We are glad we found you. The stand out to this playground is definitely the amazing tube slide. As you first arrive this is what you see – The BIG GREEN slide. Climb the metal ladder step to the reach the windy stairs then its up, up, up you go to reach the top. Certainly the highlight for the older kids. The main structure of the equipment also...

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Willunga Rose Garden Nature Playspace

Find it at: Aldinga Road, Willunga ITS OPEN!One of the successful “Fund My Neighbourhood” Projects was this nature play inspired playground at the Willunga Rose Garden Reserve on Aldinga Road, Willunga. This $150,000 project is specifically aimed at encouraging young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. This new nature play space is located adjacent to the existing Willunga Rose Garden playground. With picnic tables, shade, benches,...

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St Andrews Reserve

Find it at: St Andrew’s Cres, between St Cloud St and Sunningdale Ave, in Novar Gardens. Nestled in the amongst the streets of Novar Gardens St Andrew’s Reserve was a lovely find. It was a cold and wet day but this did not stop us from exploring this great play space. Separated into two sections the main section features 2 slippery dips. One brightly coloured purple curly slide with a lot of adventure climbing via either ropes,...

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Lucia Place Reserve

Find it at: Lucia Place, Mawson Lakes This quaint little play area was a little tricky to find but we are certainly glad we did. With 4 kids in tow ranging from 2 , 3 , 5 and 8 years old this playground was great for all these ages. The 8 year old loved the small flying fox along with all the challenging climbing pieces that featured several varieties of monkey bars with each frame requiring different skills set. He also loved the grassed area...

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Oaklands Estate Wetland, Reserve & Recreation Plaza

Find it at: Oaklands Road, Oaklands Park A lovely balance between new equipment and nature play this upgraded play area is magic. The City of Marion spent $825,000 on this upgrade in 2019 completing the 12-hectare Oaklands Recreation Precinct which contains a wetland, skate park, education centre and rotunda as well as two kms of paths and this great new nature play area. A large climbing rope frame is the hero of the playground and is awesome...

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Kingston Lions Park Playground Kingston SE

Find it at: Hanson St near the Jetty area, Kingston SE Image credit: Kingston District Council Fully fenced, surrounded by grass and located near shops for a food or drink. The Lions Park in Kingston SE is either a great spot for a play if staying in Kingston or a great place for the kids to have a run and play if on your way further down the South East. The play equipment is great for a range of ages. It features 2 slides. One for the little...

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John Watkins Reserve

Find it at: Churchill Road, Kilburn If you live close by or are heading to Adelaide’s Costco then this a good playground to head to before or after shopping. Or a great place for a group picnic where you can grab some food from Costco and meet up for an afternoon play and snack! There is nothing modern or outstanding with the equipment but a nice little play space set amongst some lovely trees with lots of open space for kids to run...

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