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Our Favourite Playgrounds in Adelaide

Want to tick off all of Adelaide’s best playgrounds? A playground bucket list you might say. Well we’ve done the hard work for you. Below is our ultimate list of playgrounds in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

And don’t forget if you don’t find one near you there’s always our HUGE Playground Map that has HUNDREDS of playgrounds and all the vital stats you’ll need to know before you go (toilets, parking and nearby coffee!)


Naracoorte Caves Fossil Hunters Nature Playground

Find it at: Just off Wonambi Road 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...

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Rozelle Reserve Melrose Park

Find it at: Rozelle Avenue, Melrose Park The upgrade to the reserve opened in 2024 and provides a fabulous space for the younger kids. A BBQ, picnic table, and shelter will be added to the western side of the Reserve with fencing on the eastern side around the playground, enhancing the overall experience for visitors.

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Kapinka Reserve Riverlea

Find it at: Kapinka Parade, Riverlea Opened in April 2024 in the heart of the enormous Riverlea development in Adelaide’s north, this fantastic playground offers something for all ages. It doesn’t have toilets and isn’t fully fenced, however is tucked in the suburbia so that might not be an issue for everyone. A lack of decent coffee nearby was something we noticed, but as the development grows we expect this will change....

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South Terrace Glover Playground

Find it at: South Terrace Adelaide Another fully fenced park in the city, this South Terrace playground is located near the Unley/Pulteney Road intersection of the Parklands. Well equipped and better suited for slightly older kids than the one a few blocks West, this playground includes a good sized, seated flying fox, numerous toddler and regular swings, slides for all ages and spring rockers. It also has a sizable climbing net for older kids,...

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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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Hazelwood Park Playground | Wombat Waterhole | Burnside

Find it at: Greenhill Road, Hazelwood Park Hazelwood Park Playground is a beauty for families of all ages and abilities. Upgraded in 2010 (and given a bit more TLC in early 2024), this shady park with plenty to do was one of the first (and still one of our fave) parks with a nature play feel. Set in the corner of the huge reserve there is plenty of space, plenty of shade and plenty of play equipment. In the summer the Burnside Outdoor Pool is...

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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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Thorndon Park Reserve Playground, Paradise

Find it at: Hamilton Terrace, Paradise Thorndon Park playground has been voted Australia’s Best Playground (Winner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for best play space 2023) The upgraded (in 2023) playground at Thorndon Park is amazing! A hen (water play sculpture), wren (climbing structure) and crane (swing) now call the park home and don’t forget the biggest bird, a heron (slide structure), which takes...

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Morialta Mukanthi Conservation Park Playground

Find it at: Morialta Conservation Park, Woodforde The eagle has landed at Morialta Playground… in a 7 metre tall nest – and your kids can climb it! Yep, the Morialta Conservation Park playground is AWESOME! Best suited to kids aged 5-15years, it is great to see a play area perfect for older families. With over 100 car parks and walking trails to guide you, it makes a visit to the park even easier to navigate for families. The...

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Marshmallow Park / Pityarilla Activity Hub

Marshmallow Park on Glen Osmond Road, in the Adelaide Parklands is a firm favourite with our families from the 2 year old to the 10 year old. With its huge new renovation, there is now heaps more to explore at this site – also known as Pelzer Park or Pityarilla activity hub! The renovation includes some brilliant new nature play features, alongside more traditional swings, slides and climbing frames. There is a great water feature...

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Glenthorne National Park Adventure Playground

Glenthorne Nature Play Space Find it at: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill The multi-million dollar nature play space, forming part of SA’s newest national park, Glenthorne, is here and it is spectacular!Glenthorne National Park opened in May 2019 and the nature playground has it all, in fact it has so much we are sure to forget some of the wonderful playground features including; Multiple slides (including a HUGE tube slide tower Swings...

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Golden Fields Adventure Playground, Golden Grove

Find it at: Asgard Drive, Golden Grove Golden Fields Reserve has had an incredible upgrade with the addition of an adventure playground, which joins the existing reserve playground in this 12 hectare reserve (the adventure playground is on the lower level)! This has got to be one of the biggest playground reserves in Adelaide with HEAPS of different play areas, including an accessible area and a brand new section with the coolest slide around!...

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Polonia Reserve

Find it at: Essex Crescent, Croydon Park Following its partial closure for the South Road upgrade, Polonia Reserve has re-opened into a magnificent new playground, which features one of the most eye-catching designs of any playground in the state. The Polonia Reserve upgrade includes an open kick about lawn, play space and storm water detention area. The huge 7-metre-tall, 12-metre-wide soccer ball playground sculpture, built by local business...

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McElligott’s Reserve Springfield

Find it at: Carrick Hill Drive, Mitcham If you have a future ninja warrior in the house, check out the Ninja Course Playground at McElligott’s Reserve in Springfield.Mitcham Council have installed a boulder climb, rope net wall, commando bar climb and an electronic stopwatch wall to time yourself against the kids! This will no doubt coincide with an increase in soft tissue injuries presenting at the local physios, but thats what being a...

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St Kilda Adventure Playground

Find it at: St Kilda Rd, St Kilda For those who grew up in Adelaide, you’d probably have been out St Kilda Adventure Playground when you were a kid, but have you been back since 2015? It’s got all the awesome stuff that I remember from my childhood, and more… and green grass, less dust, water, shade and well, it’s just BIGGER AND BETTER than I remember too! St Kilda’s huge makeover was completed in 2015 with a...

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Cormorant Drive Reserve

Find it at: Cormorant Drive Hallett Cove A new playground and reserve has opened at Cormorant Drive down at Hallett Cove and it is very cool (especially for dino lovers) This reserve has an interesting history with a Diprotodon (Giant Wombat) fossil remains found here in 1992. This Australian megafauna was the world’s largest marsupial and lived between 15,000-10,000 years ago. A playground includes: Diprotodon sculpture climb Diprotodon...

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Edinburgh Reserve

Find it at: 15-23 Edinburgh Road, Modbury The Edinburgh Reserve Inclusive Playground is open! The $1.5m inclusive playspace for all ages and abilities has finally come to life, with plenty to cater for all ages and abilities. The design builds on the existing natural features along the creek, including the existing wetlands, biodiversity areas and existing shade trees, to create different play experiences and zones along the length of the...

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Glover East Playground (Park 15) Adelaide

Find it at: 120 East Terrace, Adelaide Set among the existing trees, along with some new ones, the city council did an amazing job back in 2018 revamping the existing Ityamai Itpina East Terrace Glover Playground also known as Park 15. We love that this playground caters to a variety of ages and has something for everyone. The main stage of the play space are the wooden houses located in the middle of the playground. These are awesome cubby...

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Penfold Park Auldana

Find it at: The Parade, Magill What a fabulous playground and reserve this one is. Talk about a stunning location, you will find this if you head east on The Parade far enough til you think you are about to drive into the front garden of the fancy houses in the foothills. The playground has had a huge upgrade in December 2022 and is set a little way back from the car park, which is great because you get to walk across a beautiful little stone...

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Tusmore Park Wading Pool

Find it at: Stirling St, Tusmore Opening in March 2022, the Tusmore Park Wading Pool is fast becoming a favourite spot for visitors to cool down. The design features a fully fenced and shaded wading pool, lawned areas for picnics, a new creek style section, tiered seating and water play equipment for plenty of splashing and playing during the summer months. A few points worth mentioning: It’s fully fenced!! Hoorah! It’s unsupervised...

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Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve

Find it at: Hugh Johnson Boulevard, Sheidow Park The Hugh Johnson Boulevard Reserve upgrade is complete and we love it just as much as the locals. There are multiple areas for play including a sports area complete with netball and basketball rings and soccer goal. There’s some great equipment for older kids as well as a smaller shaded area for little ones with climbing area, swings, seesaws and more. And if that’s not enough...

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Capella Drive Reserve

Find it at: Capella Drive, Hallett Cove The $3m development, completed in 2022 includes: New playground equipment including slide, swing and flying fox Pump track and jump park Ninja warrior fitness equipment Public toilet Picnic areas with shelters, seating and BBQs New pathway connections The spacious skate park features a range of features to satisfy all age use of scooters, skating, BMX and those who enjoy leisurely lounging on the grass...

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The Paddocks Reserve

Find it at: Maxwell Road, Para Hills West Well isn’t this a little bit sensational! The new playground at The Paddocks Reserve is OPEN and we must say, this is one of the best new playgrounds we have come across in a while, with some pretty spectacular pieces of equipment to keep the kids busy for ages! With access best via Maxwell Road, there is so much to talk about here its hard to know where to start. We have to start off with the...

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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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Heron Way Reserve, Hallett Cove

Find it at: Heron Way, Hallett Cove This is a great new playground with amazing views over the ocean. The reserve includes a new 5-way swing, tunnel slide, water and sand play, nature play, fitness equipment, shade sales, toilet, seating, shelter and BBQ facilities. The playground is unfenced, and there is a drop down to the rocky beach that parents with fast moving smaller children will need to be mindful of. There is parking close to the...

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Freedom Park Two Wells

Find it at: Mary Lee Street, Two Wells Well isn’t this one totally worth the drive out north! The new playground, Freedom Park, within the Liberty at Two Wells development, is the latest milestone in a $1.2 billion residential precinct way out north. We absolutely loved it when we took the drive to check it out, with our intrepid playground reviewers claiming it as one of the best playgrounds they have visited. High praise indeed! Lots of...

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Salisbury Oval Playground

Find it at: Brown Terrace, Salisbury Well this looks just a little bit epic doesn’t it. The exciting new playspace Salisbury Oval has opened and for the older and more adventurous kids, it is right up their alley thanks to an enormous slide tower that is a challenge to climb but great fun on the way down! Plenty of new amenities to enjoy as well, with the playground also including a flying fox, swings, see saw, carousel, nature play...

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Harts Mill Playground Port Adelaide

Find it at: Mundy Street, Port Adelaide 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 a spot of dolphin watching and hitting up the markets, this makes a great family trip. The eyecatching, 3 story tower with metal slide is the centrepiece of the Hart’s Mill Playground Port Adelaide and the slide...

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Wilfred Taylor Reserve Nature Playspace

Find it at: Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale The amazing $2.2 million nature playspace, located on the corner of Wheatsheaf and States Roads at Morphett Vale, has been designed for people of all ages to get outdoors and engage with nature.  Nature themes are featured as a tribute to the site’s importance for Kaurna people, and the site’s history as a working farm from the 1840s to 1960s. Stunning public art by local Ngarrindjeri, Kaurna and...

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Nannigai Drive Reserve

Find it at: Nannigai Drive, Hallett Cove Marion Council has done it again with a fabulous new playground down south, opened in mid 2021 at Hallett Cove. This is a fantastic all round community space, complete with toilets, basketball and tennis courts (with soccer goals too), BBQ, sheltered seating, drinking fountains and good parking off the quiet side street. Our crew loved this space, with a fantastic range of equipment which is perfect for...

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