Looking for a new playground to go to these school holidays? Try these nature play spaces in SA’s national parks.
There are plenty of playgrounds to choose from in South Australia, but if you’d like to visit one that’s been created with nature in mind, we’ve got a few special ones to add to your list.
Best of all, they’re nestled within some of Adelaide’s most popular national parks.
1. Morialta Conservation Park
The Mukanthi nature play space at Morialta is a must-visit for the young and young-at-heart. Mukanthi is a Kaurna word meaning ‘celebrate and play’, and is pronounced ‘muh-ganthee’.
Located at the Stradbroke Road picnic area, this award-winning playground sprawls over an area almost the size of Adelaide Oval and includes features like a climbing tower and long slide, the maze-like Great Snake and three climbing boulders to help children and adults build their rock climbing skills.
This unique play space has been created out of natural materials and is designed to inspire and challenge children while connecting them with nature. Climb the Kookaburra Nests, discover an Aboriginal fire pit at Frog Island, find the secret tunnel at Great Snake, and reach the peak at Eagle’s Perch.
2. Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
The raptor-themed nature playground at award-winning Cobbler Creek Recreation Park was inspired by the kites and kestrels that fly overhead looking for prey in the open grasslands.
Get a birds-eye view of the playground from the climbing structures that mimic tree nests.
Sandpits have been designed to look like bird nests with giant eggs in the middle, and there’s a flying fox and traditional play equipment to enjoy as well.
Why not make a day of your visit and enjoy the BBQs, picnic shelters, toilets and nearby bike trails.
3. Para Wirra Conservation Park
Check out Para Wirra’s nature play forest at the Gawler View picnic area. Wander along the Nature Discovery Walk, head over the rope bridges and creek line, and find a space to build your own cubby from fallen branches. Put on a performance for your family and friends in the stone amphitheatre or check out the flying fox which is rated for up to 140 kilograms, so mum and dad can have a go too!
4. Belair National Park
Let the kids explore an active wonderland at Belair National Park’s adventure playground while you grab a hot drink from the food truck (generally open weekends, public holidays and school holidays: 10.30am to 3.30pm).
Be sure to check out the adult-size wooden fort and the maze of tunnels, perfect for a game of chasey or hide-and-seek.
Make a day of it and spend time exploring the rest of the park too.
Check out our blog on the top three parks for your toddler to enjoy mud, glorious mud. Know of any other great nature play spaces in South Australia? Tell us in the comments below.
Main image: The raptor-themed nature playground at Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
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