This place is a hidden oasis of trees, fields, open space and paths – you will feel a world away from suburban Adelaide.

The first thing to know is that you CAN drive down into the reserve – there is ample parking down there and it is a long way if you are going to park up on the street and walk down. Google Maps gives the address or Riversdale Drive – but really that’s just the gate entrance (which is locked at dusk).

A great playground for birthdays and big get together, as there are several BBQ’s and shaded tables and seating. Also, the place is HUGE and there is endless amounts of shade provided by big trees – so bring your picnic, rugs, chairs and your own tables if you wish.

Some of the play features we loved: Twin flying fox (including 1 x accessible seat), toddler slide with shade, big swing perfect for standing on or bundling a heap of mates into, two mid sized climbing frames and two smaller robe climbing frames, traditional merry go round, big logs to walk and balance on. There was also a small spinning seat, a double swing set out of action (hopefully to be replaced soon?), a drink fountain, plenty of bins, toilets on location and a separate smaller toddler play space with in a few hundred meters.

The playground is not fenced, but is not near water or traffic.

Definitely pack your bikes (great dirt trails), kites and balls for this one! There is even a cricket pitch and public tennis courts.

Worth noting, while only a small part of the play space is under man made shade – the mammoth abundant trees provided good protection from the sun in a lot of areas.

There is no water play in this playground.

While this is not a fancy ‘new’ playspace – we loved the national park feel and that the REAL nature play options for creative kids felt endless.

We last visited this park in spring – it was lush and abundantly green. It may be much drier in summer and like a lot of larger reserves, we would be keeping one eye on the ground for slithery friends of the snake variety.

Riversdale Dr, Salisbury Park