Adelaide City Playgrounds and Picnic Spots
Wide open spaces
Colonel Light put a lot of time into planning Adelaide’s green belt, which today offer great recreational spaces the kids will love.
“The simple things in life” sums up our parks and picnic spots, within the heart of Adelaide or further afield.
Take a stroll to Elder Park for some fun on the River Torrens. Enjoy the city sights from the Popeye - our much loved river cruise boat. Hire a paddle boat and travel under your own steam. Hire bikes and ride the wide pathway to the weir or the zoo.
Bonython Park, on the city’s western fringe is Adelaide’s largest “named” park. There are two playgrounds (for juniors and toddlers), a Magic Forest Trail, totem pole display and ducks and swans to feed near the River Torrens.
A recent makeover has also the addition of a double flying fox, slides, hammocks, spinning chairs, swings for toddlers and special-needs kids, an oversized spider's web and a sandpit. If you have a model boat, bring that to sail in the boating lake. It also has plenty of barbecues, picnic tables and bench seats.
In the east end, Rymill Park’s centrepiece is its lake. Hire a row boat from the kiosk, feed the ducks then buy an ice cream or a coffee. There are barbecue facilities and a playground.
Just 25 minutes from the city centre, Belair National Park is a wildlife park with a difference. There are 50 tennis courts, sports ovals, picnic areas and barbecue facilities.
Explore the adventure playground with its big wooden fort, maze of tunnels and poles. The newer playground equipment - slides, swings, ladders and bridges - are also great fun. Enjoy the park from horseback or on a bike. See the State Flora Nursery and look for native animals.
Playgrounds a plenty
If you’re looking for toddler friendly playgrounds, here are some ideas to get you started.
North Adelaide’s “helicopter” playground, Marshmallow Park on Glen Osmond Road or the Bush Magic Playground near the Adelaide Aquatic Centre - which has a great maze and is also wheelchair friendly - are three favourites.
The Glover Playground on South Terrace will keep the kids entertained for hours. By the time they finish scuttling through the big coloured pipes, get sandy, fly like a fox and have a go on the raised, spinning, see-saw contraption (that adults will also love), they'll be ready for a nap. The playground is also wheelchair friendly.
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