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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!


Umpherston Sinkhole, Mt Gambier

Insty famous Umpherston Sinkhole is located in Mt Gambier around 5 hours drive from Adelaide on the Limestone Coast. Where: Jubilee Highway E, Mt Gambier Once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone. The sinkhole was created when the top of the chamber collapsed downwards creating the perfect environment for growing. Enter James Umpherston in 1886 who turned the space into the incredibly beautiful sunken garden that it is today. Full...

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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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Adelaide’s Best Pram Walks

One of those things that you just do not understand until you’ve had kids is how excellent a well timed pram walk can be. There’s something about that perfect ratio of smooth with a few soothing bumps and long enough to last at least one sleep cycle that will have you driving back to the same place every time you’re desperate for a bit of exercise…..or desperate to get bubs to sleep. We’ve had A LOT of babies over the years here at KiA so we’ve...

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Ghost Mushroom Lane | Mount Gambier SA

Ever heard of ‘Glow Trees’? Ghost Mushroom Lane is a is a REAL place! The Ghost Mushroom is native to Australia and it glows green in the night…..If you’re heading down around our states south east / Mount Gambier between May and the end of June, an evening visit here is worth braving the cold and dark. 2024 Ghost Mushroom Season Info According to Forestry SA, to see the Ghost Mushrooms this year, you need to book a...

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Barton’s Forest Ruins

Find it at: Hay Flat Rd Torrens Vale. Attention adventurers! Rug up in your nature play onesie’s and take the family to explore some secret Adelaide awesomeness! Not far from the epic Ingalla Falls (these are amazing after a decent rain) is this magical place called Barton’s Forest Ruins on Hay Flat Road at Torrens Vale….which looks just like a magical slice of Narnia plucked from the books and dropped down the Fleurieu. There...

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Goolwa Barrage, Fleurieu Peninsula

If you are spending a day or a weekend with your family in Goolwa, Port Elliot, Victor Harbor or anywhere on the Fleurieu Peninsula, a visit to the Goolwa Barrage is a must! Not only does it play an important part in the water flow and management of the Coorong, Murray River and Lower Lakes there is also some stunning birdlife to see and the main attraction – seals playing in the water and lazing in the sun on the barrage structures....

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The Silos of South Australia

How about a road trip with a twist? As the Silo art craze spreads across rural South Australia we say YES please to exploring new places in our backyard with colourful art that has popped up over the year on silos across SA.What I think is really awesome is these towns want YOU to visit them and that is why they have invested in such a great feature all for US to explore. Say hello to South Australia’s LARGEST outdoor Art Galleries…...

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TreeClimb Adelaide

Move over Tarzan, TreeClimb Adelaide is calling all energetic, outdoors loving adventurers – young and old! Kids from 3 years old, adults, thrill-seekers, nature enthusiasts and curious adventurers can walk, climb and swing your way around the elevated tree-walk courses, 70 obstacles and heaps of zip lines at both locations. You seriously need to check out TreeClimb – it is FUN, MASSIVE and IMPRESSIVE. A session at TreeClimb...

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TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest

Looking for an outdoor adventure in the countryside? Look no further than TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest! Just like the Adelaide TreeClimb It offers heaps of treetop fun, with ropes challenges, a zipline over the Heysen Trail and options for the whole family including the Kids Course, Grand Course, Family Experience and soon to open Nets Experience. The Kuitpo Forest location is on Brookman Road just down from the Chookarloo Campground –...

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TreeClimb, Harry Bowey Reserve, Salisbury Park

The team at TreeClimb are set to open a brand new Course in Salisbury! Northern residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the high ropes challenges, ziplines and adventure courses in Harry Bowley Park, Salisbury Park. With an expected opening date of December 2024, this new TreeClimb location will be a fantastic addition to the TreeClimb Kuitpo Forest and TreeClimb Adelaide City courses. You’ll be able to expect the same...

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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 head down...

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Roonka River Adventure Park

While Roonka River Adventure Park has been creating memorable river adventures for more than 50 years, it’s one of the hidden family-friendly gems of the Riverland! Owned and operated by Scouts SA, it’s already well known and loved by those in the Scouting community (and savvy school camp organisers). Now families and groups of friends are discovering Roonka’s experience-based camping and group accommodation nestled on a lush, tranquil...

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Adelaide Oval RoofClimb

If you or your kids love cricket, footy or just a bit of an adrenaline rush, you NEED to do RoofClimb at Adelaide! It’s also great for conquering fears, some family bonding or as an activity to do with interstate or overseas visitors.  Got a birthday coming up this year for a tricky to buy for kid?…this is it! (Note: children 8-15 need an adult to climb with, but that’s all the more fun for you!) We gave RoofClimb a go...

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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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Sturt Gorge Recreation Park

Find it at: Flagstaff Hill, South Australia Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is internationally recognised as an area of conservation and geological significance. The park is also home to a rock formation, known as sturt tillite, that is believed to have been formed from glacial material dropped from ice floating in the ocean that covered South Australia 800 million years ago! WOW! Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is located 13km south of Adelaide. Entry...

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Glenthorne National Park Adventure Playground

Glenthorne Nature Play Space Find it at: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill The multi-million dollar nature play space, forming part of SA’s newest national park, Glenthorne, is here and it is spectacular!Glenthorne National Park opened in May 2019 and the nature playground has it all, in fact it has so much we are sure to forget some of the wonderful playground features including; Multiple slides (including a HUGE tube slide tower Swings...

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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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Awesome SA Charters, Adelaide Fishing Charters

Awesome SA Charters, proudly owned and operated and is one of the biggest charter company in South Australia serving tourist and local fishoes along with teaching first timers how to enjoy a day on the water for, fishing and water sports. They are also about to launch a huge party boat to cater for larger group bookings for parties and events to cruise along the Port River and coast of South Australia.  Their boats are equipped with up to...

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Tick these South Australian landmarks off your family bucket list

Righto Adelaide families, fuel up the car and pack all of the snacks because some days simply call for a little South Australian road trip into our regions to see some BIG THINGS with the kids! From Hay bales to suspension bridges, silo art to jaw dropping look outs, here’s a fun list to tick off with the kids of some of the best landmarks you can visit around our great city and state. Use our handy interactive playground map along the way and...

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The Best Climbing Trees in Adelaide

When was the last time you said to your kids “go climb that tree?”or “get down from that tree!” Likely, it may have been a while. Tree climbing adventures have seemed to have disappeared off the after school hit list radar. Close your eyes … and remember back to your favourite tree to climb as a kid. Do your kids have one? When tree climbing, assess the risks like you do a playground and let them learn as we did...

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Rock Pools to Explore in South Australia

If your kids are anything like ours, one of their favourite things to do is slip, slop, slap and wrap and head down to the beach for the day. It’s even better when you find a beach that has some awesome rock pools to explore. The team at Kids in Adelaide have searched high and low (and under a few rocks) to find some of the best rock pools in South Austraila for you to explore this summer. Of course it goes without saying, always make sure your...

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Best Beaches in Adelaide for Families

To the rest of Australia, beautiful beaches probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you think about South Australia BUT we know something they don’t know. When it comes to blue water, white sand, rockpools, reefs and gentle waves – S.A’s got the goods. Not all beaches are the same when it comes to family friendly though. They’ve got to have gentle waves, no strong sweeps or currents, they have to...

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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 Waterfalls To Visit With Kids

Sure, TLC said “Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls”… but we doubt they ever saw any of the waterfalls we have here in Adelaide – some only a short drive from the city and a bunch that are perfect for visiting with kids. If you are looking for a free family outing in Winter or Spring, why not take a drive and go exploring our beautiful waterfalls? Kids are mad for them (there is something a bit magical about them!),...

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Copper Coast Putt Putt

The Copper Coast Tourism Centre at Kadina offers a really impressive putt putt course which will get those family competitive juices flowing. As someone who takes putt putt quite seriously, I was very impressed with the quality of the course and the variety of challenging holes. This was definitely one of the highlights of our holiday! Sometimes putt putt can be a little on the lower end on the fun scale if the place isn’t up to scratch, but...

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Splash Town, Moonta

Did you know that Splash Town at Moonta Bay Foreshore on the Yorke Peninsula is an entirely FREE waterpark for kids and families? Think waterslides, tipping bucket and a whole heap of waterplay fun. It’s a fantastic community facility, open for every one to use. South Australia has some really great little water parks and water slides, however a lot of them are hidden in various tourist parks and only available for use of their customers,...

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SHANX Mini Golf, Regency Park

Located in Regency Park, you can forget about novelty clown heads and spinning windmills here. Unlike anything in the Southern Hemisphere, SHANX Mini Golf looks exactly like a standard golf course — only it’s been shrunk down to miniature size. It was created as a way of making golf accessible to anyone and everyone, no matter your age, gender or skill level. SHANX sits on the edge of the Regency Park Golf Course, so you can watch the pros go...

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BBQ Buoys on the River Torrens

BBQ Buoys is the super fun, floating, family-friendly experience you get when a BBQ, boat and party meet on the Torrens! Located right in the heart of Adelaide, on Pinky Flat across from the Festival Centre, you can hire one of these safe, round, shaded boats and enjoy a couple of hours seeing Adelaide in a whole new way! We recently jumped onboard to see what all the excitement is about and the 5 kids and 4 adults all LOVED it! You can BBQ...

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West Beach Adventure (formerly MegaAdventure)

Find it at: Military Rd, West Beach Since opening in November 2015 West Beach Adventure has grown to become one KiA’s favourite family days out in Adelaide. Kids from pre school age right up to teens, and us adults are catered for with something for every one. West Beach Adventure doesn’t have age restrictions, but height limits. For MegaClimb those above 1.2m are welcome with an adult, and those over 1.4m (and over 14yrs) can go it...

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Norton Park Pump Track, Whyalla

Find it at: McRitchie Cres, Whyalla Stuart If this isn’t the most colourful skate park in South Australia, then we don’t know what is! Norton Park in Whyalla recently had a bit of an upgrade, including installation of this pump track – and even more recently it got this amazing new lick of paint as part of the UnEarth Festival. If you’re staying in Whyalla or just passing through, get the kids bikes, skateboards and...

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