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Woorabinda Bushland Reserve – Stirling

Find it at: Woorabinda Dr, Stirling Just a small distance from the centre of Stirling is Woorabinda Lake, part of Woorabinda Bushland Reserves – a 34 hectare park with approximately 4 km of walking trails. Loved and appreciated by locals and those in the know, Woorabinda is a magical place to visit. Updated in 2024 with fabulous new boardwalks on the western side of the lake, perfect for prams and accessibility devices (which include raised...

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Protea Reserve Playground, Crafers

Find it at: Protea Cres, Crafers One of our favourite little Adelaide Hills playgrounds has had an upgrade! The Protea Reserve Playground is hidden away at the end of Lesley Crescent in Crafers. It’s by no means the biggest park in Adelaide BUT it’s in such a gorgeous quiet location that it’s well worth a visit. ESPECIALLY in Autumn to see all the gorgeous trees in all their different colours. New equipment includes a new...

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The Hahndorf Farm Barn

Find it at: Mount Barker Road,  Hahndorf Adelaide’s Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park. You can hold, touch and feed most of the animals in complete safety and at your own comfort level. Find out how animals are born, grow and live on a farm. A visit to Adelaide’s Hahndorf Farm Barn is not just about family fun activities or keeping the kids entertained –...

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Best “Themed” Playgrounds in Adelaide

Adelaide is home to some amazing playgrounds, but sometimes, your kids may have a really intense love for a very specific theme. Most kids do at some point, whether it be dinosaurs, pirates, trains or just wanting to run around and get so damn dirty that you think you may get arrested for stealing sand. Whatever your kid is into, we have scoured the archives and compiled a list of some of Adelaide’s Best Themed Playgrounds for you to...

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Keith Stephenson Park – Mt Barker

Find it at: Adelaide Road, Mount Barker Keith Stephenson Park had been upgraded and re-opened in December 2023! Keith Stephenson Park is the premier district reserve for the Council area. It hosts major events such as carols by candlelight and is a meeting place for families across the district. It is located on the Laratinga Trail, a shared use path that is the spine of the open space network and links as far as Newnham Estate and the Summit...

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Bridgewater Mill Playground

Find it at: Mount Barker Rd, Bridgewater This stunning playground is just about everything we love about a day out in our beautiful Adelaide Hills. Coffee, stunning scenery and a fab playground for all ages. Located just below the Bridgewater Mill, the playground is fenced along the road and edges but NOT on the creek bed, which in my opinion is great because it allows kids to take there shoes off and go for a good explore in the creek bed....

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Anembo Park – Mt Barker

Find it at: North Terrace, Mt Barker If you’re looking for somewhere with space……LOTS of space…….Anembo Park is your answer. Anembo Park is located between Mount Barker and Littlehampton just after the Hahndorf turn off and after a recent upgrade this place is awesome! The park spans over 29 acres and include one fully fenced softball diamond, two Soccer ovals, a hockey pitch, six tennis courts you can hire, BMX...

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Lobethal Bushland Park

Find it at: Kenton Valley Rd, Lobethal We love that this beautiful spot in the Adelaide Hills boasts some smaller equipment and sensory play for the little crew, plus of course the huge climbing tower and tube slide for the big kids. We raced down for a visit shortly after it opened in March 2022 and we have to say, it is an incredible facility but there are definitely a few things to look out for. Firstly, lets address the elephant in the...

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Adelaide Playgrounds Near Coffee

Name a better combo than a ripping playground and a strong cup of coffee? There is none. Sitting back with a quality coffee while the kids play at a fabulous playground, allowing you a moment to close your eyes and just recharge, is one of parenting’s great pleasures (That and getting kicked in the ribs at 3am by a restless toddler….isn’t that just so fun!) With that in mind coffee lovers, we have scoured our epic playground...

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Willunga BMX and Skate Park

Find it at: 2 Railway Terrace, Willunga Willunga Skatepark. A small, quiet and shady park. Younger kids would be happy here. Great spot to improve basic skills. Beginner to intermediate level street style skate park. The park includes a half pipe, pyramids, ledges and hips. There’s also a dirt BMX track with jumps.

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Kersbrook Playground

Find it at: Glover St, Kersbrook Located behind the football oval, this fantastic facility opened in April 2021 and is yet another beautiful playground that has opened in the Adelaide Hills in 2021 (we really are building a great Hills Playground trail!). There are no toilets here that we could see, unless they were hidden behind the club rooms. The spacious playspace includes a huge flying fox, a cool sand play area, lots of nature play...

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Harrogate Playground

Find it at: Mail Road, Harrogate This is definitely one to check out in winter for that added adventure! Opened in mid 2021, this hidden gem in the heart of Harrogate has been transformed thanks to a $140k investment from Council. In response to the township plan and bushfire recovery efforts, the Harrogate Recreational Reserve has received a much needed facelift. Upgrades include a modern shelter housing a new barbecue, undercover seating and...

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Mount Torrens Playground

Find it at: Oval Road, Mount Torrens Put together by the talented team at Climbing Tree Consultancy (seriously they do some of the best playgrounds in SA), The Leckie Playground at Mt Torrens playground is another beauty. With plenty of natural shade, the lovely oval next door, bench seating, a picnic table, water play and some ripping nature play equipment for the kids to explore, this is a real winner. There aren’t any toilets however...

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Charleston Playground

Find it at: Newman Road, Charleston Adelaide Hills Council have put the finishing touches on this fabulous new playspace at gorgeous Charleston. Coming in at about $180 grand, this has plenty to offer all of your kids as they stop off to stretch the legs during your Sunday road trip. We love the 3 on 3 basketball court (plus adjacent tennis courts if that takes your fancy) as well as the little scooter track that travels around the playground....

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Karoonda Playground

Find it at: Railway Terrace, Karoonda Part of the Mallee Playground Trail (A ripping local initiative linking 3 playgrounds at Karoonda, Wynarka and Wanbi), the space themed Karoonda Playground is an absolutely awesome attraction for the region, making it a must stop for Adelaide families out on a road trip. The star attraction is of course the 3-storey high tower, complete with double tube slide and observation deck area. The playground is...

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Meadows Playground

Find it at: Battunga Road, Meadows Not every playground needs to cost a million bucks and have every whizz bang feature to be a memorable day out does it. Sometimes it is all about the serenity and a relaxing moment in a busy day, where you can sit and the kids can play. Well the Meadows Playground, about 20 minutes south of Mt Barker, is one of those spots. Fully fenced, and with some absolutely beautiful natural shade (Trees. Lots of trees),...

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Wittunga Botanic Garden Playground

Find it at: Shepherds Hill Road, Blackwood Huge news for the new year with work finished on a new nature play space at the Wittunga Botanic Garden!The play space is a fun way for children to learn about the environment and has been designed with help from local primary school students. We popped down for a visit after the opening (to be honest we have been popping in to watch the build progress as well!) and we had a ball! We loved exploring...

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Amy Gillett Bikeway

Find it at: Just off Onkaparinga Valley Road Mountain biking seem a bit too much for you and the kids? Prefer the idea of road riding but concerned about the traffic? The Amy Gillett Bikeway located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills is one of a number of dedicated safe cycling routes around the state to encourage family participation and a healthy active lifestyle. It currently stretches from Oakbank to Mount Torrens but an extension to...

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Mount Lofty Family Friendly Hike

Lets just be straight up here. Climbing Mt Lofty isn’t fun. It may have been sort of fun when you were 20, but now that you are old enough to injure yourself if you sneeze too hard, we need family orientated fitness that isn’t going to end up with some sort of surgery. Thankfully Mt Lofty-Lite is here, so you can get the fancy insta photo at the top with only half the exercise! Brilliant! Steub Trail (named after the Cleland...

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Alec Johnson Park Hahndorf

Find it at: Main St, Hahndorf Hahndorf is one of the best day trip locations in our fabulous state. Seriously nothing better than a walk along Main Street, popping  into the little shops for a treat or an ice cream, then washing it all down with a litre of beer from a stein and a few kilos of meat (Hahndorf Inn you have my heart….but I digress) There has always been a couple of small playgrounds in Hahndorf but the recent re-development...

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Hidden Tunnels of Adelaide

Exploring your own backyard with the kids and finding secret little spots you didn’t know about, is one of the best things about being a parent (apart from the constant thanks they give you for all the sacrifices you make…Ha!). Adelaide is full of tunnels and with not all of them still in use, some are now actually quite beautiful spots to visit and explore with the kids. Some are also probably scary AF but lets take the good with...

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Belair Adventure Playground

Find it at: Belair National Park, SA Located within Belair National Park and surrounded by 800 hectares of beautiful bush this playground is an oldie, but a goodie! These photos bring back so many memories for us. Can anyone else remember school excursions here in the 80s and eating massive bush biscuits? Sitting in the huge concrete tunnels and then scurrying away trying to hide from your friends. Belair National Park sells itself. An iconic...

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Wildflower Park at Eden Playground

Find it at: Two Wells A brand new $1million dollar playground has just opened in Two Wells! Near the Eden Residential Estate, the new playground is another nature play themed play space and made from all natural materials. The park itself is quite small but there’s lots of balancing logs and beams, climbing nets, a nest swing, and a great hill slide that little sliders will love. There’s an undercover picnic area with BBQ, making...

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Yarrabee Road Reserve, Playground and Tennis Court, Greenhill

Find it at: Yarrabee Road, Greenhill Could this public tennis court have the best view in Australia? We think it must be close. Yarrabee Road Reserve at Greenhill is a public tennis court which has recently (June 2019) been resurfaced and fencing completed to make them safe and user-friendly. There are no toilets though so make sure you’ve taken care of that before you go. You’ll find it off Greenhill Road, just past Greenhill...

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Playgrounds coming to littlehampton and blakiston

GRANT SUCCESS FOR LITTLEHAMPTON AND BLAKISTON $800,000 has been earmarked to upgrade Miels Park and the Glebe Land in Littlehampton and Blakiston. Council recently announced that funding has been secured in a joint council/State Government project.Miels Park will benefit with improved parking areas, footpath and pedestrian safety that will be integrated with existing sports courts, playground and amenities. Proposed works at the Glebe include a...

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Aston Hills Adventure Playground, Mt Barker

Find it at: Seymore Drive, Mt Barker There are a heap of new developments up at Mt Barker (only half hour from the city I might add) and with the expansion has come a bunch of brilliant new playgrounds and other play-spaces. The bonus of Barker is aaaallllll of the space to do all of the things….which sometimes you don’t get down the hill in town. A brand spanking new spot is in the Aston Hills development on Seymour Drive Mt...

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Blackwood Hill Reserve

Find it at: Trevor Terrace and Craigburn Road, Blackwood Who loves a double playground? Of course you do! Blackwood Hill Reserve, funnily enough located up in the backstreets of Blackwood next to the footy club, is a huge complex offering not only the use of the pristine footy club oval (dare say Saturdays it may be busy in winter though!), but cool little playgrounds on either side.  What you might find cool like we did, is apart from the...

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Monalta Drive Playground, Belair

Find it at: Monalta Drive, Belair Nestled in the back streets of leafy Belair is this absolute beauty. It doesn’t quite have every fancy park feature (looking at you toilets, fencing and BBQs) but if you judge a playground on how much the kids complain when you tell them its time to go, then this is an absolute winner. The highlight is a ripper flying fox (you know we love our flying foxes), which has been expertly tested by our professional...

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Bridgewater Fairy Garden

Find it at: Arbury Park Road, Bridgewater ** Update February 2020 ** Unfortunately since we first posted about the Bridgewater Fairy Garden there have been some nasty trolls on the lose who have been in and stolen, broken or vandalised some of the fairy houses BUT we found out that there’s still some left to see and it’s still a cute way to spend an hour or two exploring somewhere new. If your kids are keen on fairies, magic,...

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