With the whole area going though some major redevelopment, Hart’s Mill playground was opened to the public in mid 2014 with a great space for families to play at Port Adelaide. Coupled with the Wild at Hart markets on Sundays from 9am-2pm, and a spot of dolphin watching, this makes a great Sunday family trip.
The eyecatching, 3 story tower with metal slide is the centrepiece of the Hart’s Mill Playground Port Adelaide and the slide is a huge hit. It’s faster than the ‘usual’ metal slides and you’ll need that 3 meter flat section at the end to be sure you don’t slide off the end so take care with younger kids until they are comfortable. Suited to kids aged 3 and up, younger kids will probably have a hard time climbing up the ladders anyway.
Other highlights are the sandpit with multilevel climbing/building station that includes a pulley sandscoop and sandchutes that are always popular – BYO small sand shovel and bucket for extra fun!
There’s a great seated flying fox that kids of all ages will love, ‘spider web’ climbing frames, medium hampster wheel, swings and more.
There are some undercover bench tables and free electric BBQs outside the fenced playground.
The words scattered throughout the playground are a throwback to the old flour mill days – Wheat, sieve etc – that operated in the area from the 1850s for over 100 years.
We also love the grafitti wall and fun climbing trees that are in the area nearby and there are often dolphin sightings in the Port River nearby. The public toilet is around the corner (past the grafitti art wall) on Mundy St. We would love to see another cafe or two in the vicinity as it’s pretty quiet on a non-market weekend when a family brunch would be great – so BYO picnic recommended! 🙂 We recommend you take extra care with children when outside the fully fenced play area as there is very little barrier between the open spaces and the drop down to the Port River nearby.
Hart’s Mill Playground
Where: Mundy St, Port Adelaide