*** April 2021 Update ***

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 the unique nature play items, climbing the rocks and logs, whilst the unique play equipment was great for the kids to climb on and spend all that energy. The kids also loved hiding in the very cute nut cubbies, playing in the nest swing and of course the in-ground trampolines.

But the real winner here was the Giant Chair. Such a simple idea but it was just so much fun! Just goes to show you don’t always need a million bucks to make a playground special doesn’t it. There are toilets (not quite at the playground but a short walk away), water drinking fountain and tables for your picnics. The playground is accessible for most, but there is a lot of bark chips which will make it trickier for some.

There is very easy parking, in the main botanic garden car park (the playground is right next to the car park) and bring your frizbee, kite or balls for a run around on the beautiful grassed areas.

This is one of those beautiful spots where you can just explore and let your imagination run wild, plus follow it up with a walk around the gardens. Bliss!

Wittunga Botanic Park is a beautiful location, spread over 13 hectares it’s the perfect place for enjoying family picnics and the lake is surrounded by spots that have plenty of shade.

Discover the extensive collection of water-wise plants from Australia and South Africa, brilliant displays of Ericas and Proteas in spring and an extensive collection of plants from Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula. 

Visit the enticing Butterfly Garden. Try to spot the huge variety of native bird and animal life that are attracted to the indigenous flora. Listen to the songs of the birds instantly drown out the noises of suburbia.

Plenty of free parking is available and you can look through the Visitor Guide for more information and a map. There are toilets within the park, but for cafe’s you’ll need to wander up to Blackwood where there are plenty (5 minute drive).

Shepherd’s Hill Road, Blackwood
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8.30am – 4pm.

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