Nature Play is here to stay! For the curious minds and kids who love a bit of variety in their play, Nature Play is challenging the traditional playground equipment for a diverse playground experience.  At times we do not have the extra time to take a road trip out of the city to a national park or a recreation reserve, so a Nature Play Playground can be the next best thing to keep active and in touch with nature.

Nature Play Playgrounds can feature running water, sand, logs, natural landscapes and may even feature a creek. We are so lucky in Adelaide to be spoilt with so many choices! It was so hard to choose our top 5… but here they are:

Morialta Conservation Park

5 themed areas, a 7 metre tall eagles nest, a beautiful creek to explore, an Aboriginal fire pit, structures created from sustainable materials… Morialta is all things Nature and a perfect place to lose yourself amongst the kalediscope of adventure.

Jervois Street Reserve Playground South Plympton

We love this playground for so many reasons – it’s fenced, it has a huge oval, suitable for kids and teens and a huge nature feature! Designed by Nature Play Design there are a variety of materials underfoot – grass, softfall rubber, rocks, barkchips, sand and mosaic tiles for instance. The sun shade over the large sandpit is constructed to look like a butterfly, the climbing equipment is mostly made from beautiful wood and ropes rather than plastic. The water play feature is an inviting natural environment that encourages children to get involved (& get wet and dirty – so bring some gum boots and maybe a change of clothes).

Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove

A new kid on the playground circuit this inspired nature playground sets the scene with a beautiful nature outlook with amazing views over the ocean!

We love this playground because nearby is the Marino-Hallet Cove Coastal Trail, which goes all the way to Marino, before joining the path to Kingston Park, Brighton and further along the Esplanade. There is also the Hallett Cove Conservation Park right next door to explore and enjoy. There are high climbing rock steps, balancing logs, sand, water play, all in the nature category, and some pretty awesome playground equipment too- including a 5 person swing!

Hendrie Street Reserve Inclusive Playspace, Park Holme

Livvi’s Place has been specially designed in close consultation with the community to ensure no-one is left out, including those with disabilities, and is located at Hendrie Street Reserve, behind the Marion Outdoor Pool. Built on a beautiful tree-lined reserve, we love everything about this playground especially the nature touches which include sand and water play areas, a nature play creek, rock climbing and more!

Adelaide Zoo new playground

Nature’s Playground, Adelaide Zoo

This one is not a free one however don’t think the Zoo is just for animals it has an amazing playground too! The name “Nature’s Playground” says it all with a wonderful space built on nature’s principals – a natural creek to catch some tadpoles, climbing structures, water play features, bridges, rope ladders, a fort for imaginary play and great traditional playground equipment too featuring sensory swings, slides and ariel walkways.

Take a look at our complete list of SA Nature Playgrounds here

And don’t forget our enormous Playground Map with over 500 listings on the map below (click map to navigate