What happens when 3 local Mums decide that it’s about time their kids had a brand new playground…? They just go and get one built (with some help)! Enter the Naracoorte Caves Fossil Hunters Nature Playground!
With the help of the local community and backing of the local CWA Limestone Ladies group, 3 Naracoorte Mums raised enough votes to WIN a $150,000 State Government Fund My Neighbourhood Grant to create an amazing Nature Playground at the Naracoorte Caves National Park. They came up with the idea, campaigned for votes, won, and project managed the entire project from start to finish! What a top effort.
The playground is a unique, interactive playground for all young visitors to the national park, complementing the other existing activities at the Naracoorte caves. The theme reflects the world heritage fossils and magical caverns below, incorporating the indigenous Wonambi ‘rainbow snake’ and Southern Bent Wing bats, as well as a teaching circle for learning and understanding.
The park features a maze of tunnels and dig pits. There’s a slide big enough for three people, a basket swing, cubby frames, balance logs and limestone boulders. Older kids will love the log scramble and rope net and we love the learning circle and story-telling chair which will be a special space for sharing knowledge and history of the area.
One of the major elements wanted was for the play space to be as inclusive as possible. And even with limited budget there is a 360-degree access path, a wheelchair accessible fossil and sand play table, and a series of redgum picnic tables designed to allow wheelchair clearance underneath. The slide also has wheel up access top and bottom. They’ve done a great job.
Find it at the Naracoorte Caves (see map below) and if you’re considering a trip to the area, be sure to check out our Limestone Coast for Kids posts here for heaps of other cool tips: https://kidsinadelaide.com.au/limestone-coast-for-kids/