Find it at: Market Cres, Old Noarlunga
As a southerner most of my life, who grew up around this spot and visited constantly and went to a zillion kids parties here, I never thought of it as much of a ‘hidden gem’ but it is kind of the definition of one! Tucked away in beautiful Old Noarlunga (a township that is bypassed by all the main roads), the Market Square is a magnificent setting for a playground, picnic, feeding the ducks by the Onkaparinga River or birthday party.
With all the facilities you want, like a toilet, shade and seating, BBQs, nearby coffee shops (one across the road is a beauty) and serenity (not really a facility but its nice to have!), it is easy to see why this is such a favourite with the south.
The playground is great for the younger kids and has several swings, a bunch of smaller equipment scattered around and different types of swings. The grassed area is huge and an absolute cracker for a game of cricket of footy with the family.
Side note….Old Noarlunga do amazing Christmas Lights so make sure you include this on your travels too.