Elliot Goodger Memorial Park (Willaston Oval)

Bike Tracks, Trails & Paths, Nature Play, North, Play, Playgrounds in Adelaide

Nothern suburbs residents love this new nature playspace opened in February 2020 and designed to be integrated with the recently completed BMX Pump Track on Gawler River Road, Willaston.

Equipment includes basket swing, natural cubby building area, climbing ropes and nets, tunnels and lots of rocks and logs for balancing on. There is also an accessible slide which is great to see.

There’s a picnic shelter, some large shade tress and a table but no toilets.

In addition to the nature play areas, there are 2 small pump tracks for budding bike riders. Suitable for balance bikes to primary school aged kids, the tracks are small, but fun. One if suited to quite new riders and the other to more confident riders, which is made more challenging due to more bumps and dips to navigate around the track.

Gawler BMX Track

If your kids are avid riders though they will want to head about 50m away over the small ride to find yourself the Gawler BMX Track. A large racing track, with starting gate open during official track training and races, the Gawler BMX Track is a great public space for beginner, developing and racing riders. Check their session times on their Facebook page.

For other BMX tracks around Adelaide, check out our post here.

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