Top 10 Adventure Playgrounds Adelaide
If there’s anything we know about our kids, it’s that they thrive on adventure. They love open spaces. They want to run, climb, forage and build! And what better place to do that than an adventure playground!?
ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS ADELAIDE
Adventure playgrounds weren’t exactly a dime a dozen when we were kids. There was probably one or two (St Kilda Adventure Playground was our go-to when we we little) if we were lucky, and usually they required a full day trip to get there (or at least it seemed that way as a wide eyed and impatient ragamuffin). At the risk of sounding old, the kids these days just don’t know how good they have it! Particularly in Adelaide!
We have so many awesome adventure playgrounds here in Adelaide, and when we talk about adventure playgrounds they need to meet certain criteria. To us, an adventure playground isn’t an adventure playground just because some suit sitting behind a desk one day named it “adventure playground” when they were handing out playground names… there’s a lot more to it than that!
We’re talking BIG, HUGE, playgrounds to explore, playgrounds that have tall structures to scale, and nature play areas to build forts or dam up rivers with fallen sticks!
The kind of playground that warrants a day full of…well… adventure!
We’ve rounded up our Top 10 Adventure Playgrounds in Adelaide – for one of those days your kids are looking for hours of fun and imaginative play outdoors!
Morialta Nature Playground
Well this one goes without saying! When you think “adventure playground” pictures of Morialta Playground probably pop up in your head. Frankly, Morialta Playground is arguably the best Nature Play playground in South Australia! The playground, which is divided into five themed play areas, is absolutely huge and incorporates natural elements as far as the eye can see. You could easily spend an entire day here playing and exploring the surrounding area, so pack a picnic and get your adventuring on!
Address: Stradbroke Road, Woodforde
Wilfred Taylor Reserve
The largest playspace in Adelaide’s south opened earlier this year for families to explore at Wilfred Taylor Reserve in Morphett Vale. The $2.2 million nature-based playspace has been designed for people of all ages and abilities to explore, roam and enjoy the reserve’s gorgeous natural environment and has adventure written all over it!
Address: Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Morphett Vale
This is one for the ninja sized adventurers amongst us! Heywood Park has long since been a favourite playground in Adelaide among families, but with its recent renovation, including construction of a mini ninja warrior course, it’s right up the top of the list! As well as the ninja course, you’ll also find all the traditional playground equipment, situated in the midst of a beautiful park setting with plenty of grass to run on, logs to climb and places to picnic! The scale of the surrounding park alone gives your kids time to adventure all day!
Address: Addiscombe Pl, Unley Park
Cobbler Creek Playground
The exciting new Kites and Kestrels adventure playground at Cobbler Creek is absolutely a haven of possible adventure. With climbing structures that look like trees with raptors’ nests, sandpits, a flying fox, plenty of nature play and a super slide… this is a must-visit with kids in Adelaide and will send their imaginations into overdrive. There are also bike paths, and a BMX pump track and trails in the adjacent Peddler Paddock so put the bikes and scooters in the car and get on your way – adventure is waiting!
Address: Cobbler Creek Recreation Park, Salisbury East
Barossa Adventure Station
OK so this is one of those playgrounds that really was deserving of having the word adventure in their name! Barossa Adventure Station truly has something for everyone. Features include a multi-level place space including a mega tower and play deck, 1km mountain bike loop, heritage elements, attractive open spaces, skate ramp, fitness stations and plenty of picnic spots. It’s the perfect place to spend an hour, or the whole day. Best of all, it’s just a short walk to Angaston where you can discover bespoke regional offerings at our many cafes, cellar doors, restaurants and providores.
Address: Washington Street, Angaston
If adventure had a middle name, it would be Jubilee Park! This playground is MEGA, and is absolutely an adventure waiting to happen in your child’s imagination. We’re talking climbing frames, water play, sand play.. and, I mean, how many playgrounds have a life sized giraffe? The best part of Jubilee Playground has got to be the giant wooden castle though, which is huge and will keep the kids running, hiding and exploring for absolutely ages! This is the kind of playground that calls for a few solid hours, and probably lunch (plenty of space for picnics and BBQs too)! And right across from the beach – your summer adventure awaits.
Address: Saltfleet Street, Port Noarlunga South
St Kilda Adventure Playground
So yes, the St Kilda Adventure Playground is STILL a thing! If you’ve been a kid in Adelaide you’ve probably been to St Kilda Playground, and you’re probably going to want to take your kids there too. Because not only is St Kilda Playground a South Australian icon, it’s also absolutely one of the biggest and best adventure playgrounds in Adelaide. Sure it’s a bit of a drive (45 minutes North of the CDB) but this is an award winning playground and a must visit! This is the ultimate adventure playground, complete with super slides, wooden fortress (which truly for me is what makes a playground an adventure!), old wooden ship, and even a volcano! Not to mention an EPIC flying fox, and a bouncy climbing frame. Kids will run, climb, slide and play for hours here – but make sure to take a towel if it’s hot because those silver slides pack some heat when it’s warm!
Address: 470 St Kilda Rd, St Kilda
Roy Martin Park
Adventure has a destination and it’s name is Roy Martin Park! Kids of Taperoo (and anyone else if you fancy a drive), adventure awaits you! The playground and surrounds have been upgraded in recent years and all equipment is in separate zones for different ages and abilities. Plenty of shade, slippery dips, sand and climbing equipment will keep your kiddos oh so occupied and that’s just the way we like it!
Address: 22 Wandana Terrace, Taperoo
Bonython Park Playspace
If you’re looking for adventure at one of Adelaide’s best playgrounds, Bonython Park play space is a playground that has everything you think a playground should, and a few things you wouldn’t have thought of! The spinning hamster wheel is always popular with older kids, as is the dual flying fox. And adjoining park also has plenty of space for running around and kicking a ball, toilet facilities and BBQ’s so there’s really nothing missing here! Whilst it doesn’t have giant towering wooden fortresses to scale, it does have just about everything else you can think of and if you can’t create your own adventure here, you won’t be able to do it anywhere!
Address: Bonython Park, Adealaide
Hazelwood Park Playground
Shady Hazelwood Park playground is the home of a cracking flying fox, which is reason enough for many kids to want to stop by! You want adventure? You’ll find it at Hazelwood Park, with plenty of climbing frames, balance beams, slides and swings, as well as the surrounding park which is lush and full of logs to climb, creek beds to explore and ducklings to spot! This playground is well worth a visit and if you’re looking for an underwater adventure to round of the day, it’s also the home of the Burnside Pool which is super tempting for little people when it’s warm outside!
Address: Hazelwood Avenue, Hazelwood Park
The Wigley Reserve playspace has adventure playground written all over it. The recently constructed playground features:
- a climbing tunnel
- in-ground trampolines
- a log climbing structure
- stepping boulders
- a sensory nature-trail
And because they’ve thought of everything that adventuring requires, there’s also a drinking fountain, bike racks, custom-built shade structure, seating and 10 new exercise stations in the fitness hub.
Address: Wigley Reserve Playground, Corner of Anzac Highway & Adelphi Terrace, Glenelg
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