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Best playgrounds, parks and picnic spots in Adelaide

Check out some of Adelaide's parks, play spaces and picnic spots from a new zoo playground to all-round family favourite Bonython Park.

Wide open spaces

Colonel Light put a lot of time into planning Adelaide’s green belt, which today offers great recreational spaces, parks and playground the kids will love.

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 Adelaide Zoo. 

Bonython Park, Adelaide

There's so much to love about Bonython Park, and it's just a short tram ride away from the city centre.

Get back to nature

While you're at the zoo, be sure to check out the new dedicated kid's play space, Nature's Playground. Take a walk on the wild-side on the aerial walkways with views over to the Riverbank precinct: climb, swing and splash around on the play equipment, climbing structures and natural creek bed. 

Disability-friendly toilets, a new parent's room and undercover function area are also part of the new play precinct. Access to the playground is included in the entry price to the zoo.

Park life

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 makeover in recent years has seen the play space grow to include 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 it to sail in the boating lake. You'll also find 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 includes slides, swings, ladders and bridges. Enjoy the park from horseback or on a bike. See the State Flora Nursery and look for native animals. 

Playgrounds aplenty

If you’re looking for toddler-friendly playgrounds in the city, here are some ideas to get you started.

Marshmallow Park is an excellent place to play, near Glen Osmond Road. Fully-fenced, there's plenty of equipment to keep lots of kids entertained at once. The Bush Magic Playground near the Adelaide Aquatic Centre has a great maze and is also wheelchair-friendly.

The Glover Playground on South Terrace will keep the kids entertained for hours. By the time they finish scuttling through the big coloured pipes, 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.

Further west along South Terrace is the recently-upgraded Princess Elizabeth Playground which boasts modern climbing structures, a medieval-inspired tower with an awesome spiral slide, four mini trampolines that are ground level, a sandpit, giant spider web for some serious climbing action and much more. There are two toilet blocks on site, barbecues, lots of grass areas for picnics and much more.  

There's also the Glover Playground at North Adelaide, which is more commonly known as Helicopter Park! It's fenced, has lots of swings, a sandpit and toilets on site so it ticks all the boxes.

If you're keen to travel beyond the city limits, head to Port Noarlunga in Adelaide's south to Jubilee Park. The wooden maze is built as a fort-style castle and is great to roam around and climb up and down. There's also some newer play equipment, picnic areas and toilets close by.  To the north of Adelaide, there's the St Kilda Adventure Playground. It has a new 25-metre bouncy boomerang, a flying fox, giant wave slide and a and pirate ship that overlooks the water. 

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Step into our backyard where wildlife reigns supreme. Walk our city laneways or pluck oysters fresh from the sea. Start your holiday in Adelaide, and get closer to the real Australia.

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