Finding ways around too much ‘screen time’ is a constant challenge for today’s parents, grandparents and carers. We’ve tracked down some great outdoor play spaces to help get you and the kids out and about this spring.
St Kilda Mangrove Trail
Explore a real mangrove at St Kilda where a 1.5km boardwalk provides an easy walk through tidal salt marshes, samphires and sea grass channels to a lookout. The walk is a short drive from the popular St Kilda Adventure Playground, which underwent a $3.5 million revamp in 2015.
Mangrove Street, St Kilda
Woodhouse Activity Centre
Head to the hills for a day in the bush at Woodhouse, owned and operated by Scouts SA. Kids can climb, swing and crawl their way around 30 obstacles at Challenge Hill, try a giant split level maze, whizz down two new tube slides, try the nine-hole disc golf field or try an orienteering course. Woodhouse is open seven days a week and runs drop-and-go school holiday activities.
37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly
Morialta Play Space
Designers spent months creating a nature-based play space at the Morialta Recreation Area. Five themes are featured: Kookaburra nests, climbing boulders, frog island, eagle’s nest and great snake. Created from natural materials such as stone and timber, including recycled timbers, the design incorporates Aboriginal culture, native plants and animals and offers serious physical challenges for all ages.
Stradbroke Road, Morialta
Oaklands Estate Reserve
Opened in May this year, the Oaklands Estate Reserve has a wetland, skate park, education centre and rotunda. Upgrades include two km of paths, a new playground and nature play area with logs, ropes and a timber climbing frame, three new shelters and two barbecues and a Japanese garden with sand and water play areas.
Oaklands Estate Reserve, Oaklands Road, Oaklands Park
Jervois Street Reserve, South Plympton
Opened in 2016, this reserve has a nature play focus with logs, stacking stones and sand play. It’s also popular with older kids with a cycling ‘pump track’, basketball, a games area with table tennis and chess, a mini bike circuit and fitness equipment. This park has a barbecue, grassy areas, tunnels, swings and beams. The reserve is dotted with public art.
Jervois Street, South Plympton
Set in majestic grounds of the home that once belonged to Sir Edward and Lady Ursula Hayward, Carrick Hill is the perfect place for a picnic on a spring or summer day. Kids can roam the gardens, play ‘horses’ in the stables, and explore the Story Book Trail – a magical collection of stories brought to life. School holiday programs are available in October and April and self-guided quiz for its Story Book Trail is on offer during the December/January holidays.
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield
Nature Play to-do list
Visit the Nature Play SA website where you can download lists of nature play ideas along with beautifully illustrated lists of South Australian plant and animal species found in the Myponga Reservoir Reserve and the coastline between Glenelg and Seacliff Beach.