There are so many places to play and be active in the City.
As full, diverse and stunning as the Park Lands are, they are essentially Adelaide’s canvas. Adelaide is the only city in the world entirely encircled by parks, or as you might better know it: 760ha of festivals, food, sport, native vegetation, manicured gardens, picnics, families and friends.
Learn more about the Adelaide Park Lands and the array of recreation opportunities available.
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There are 10 playgrounds located throughout the Park Lands. Each one is unique and there are a few standouts that you need to get along to with the kids.
Please note that you cannot book a function, event or birthday party within the fenced areas of our City’s playgrounds. You can however, book a site adjacent to a playground.
The community activity hub of Bundey’s Paddock/Tidlangga off MacKinnon Parade offers an opportunity for everyone enjoy the natural play opportunities the Park Lands offer in lower North Adelaide.
The hub includes two BBQ and picnic table areas, a feature rock swale, a new hard stand for hand ball, nature play inspired play equipment, a sand pit and feature climbing rocks.
The design was nature play inspired, with a focus on natural elements. Some of the landscaping also incorporates a pocket orchard, which includes 10 varieties of productive trees, for the community to enjoy across all seasons.
Bonython Park/Tulya Wardli
Bonython Park now boasts a fantastic new children’s playspace with a 25 metre flying fox, wheelchair accessible merry-go-round, giant mouse wheel, water play and a chance for children to become an archaeologist and dig for bones in the sand pit!
More than 20 children from Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School were invited to preview the Bonython Park/Tulya Wardli Activity Hub and test-drive the equipment. In this video we captured their first impressions and spoke to the landscape architects behind the design.
The playspace is serviced by the Bonython Park Kiosk that’s open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and every day during school holidays. It offers yummy food for breakfast, brunch and lunch and is a great place to grab a coffee whilst the kids play.
A new Road Safety Centre contains a ‘mock roadway’ in Bonython Park where kids can ride their bikes in a safe and fun environment, with real traffic lights, give way signs and even roundabouts!! This is used by community groups for education Monday to Friday during school terms, but on weekends and school holidays everyone can use it.
This fenced playground has a bit of everything for young children, with plenty of areas to run, hide, jump, swing, slide and climb over. Shaded by a huge Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Marshmallow playspace is a great play option on warmer days.
Older kids may want to ride along the Park Lands Trail or check out the Kurangga BMX Tracks in the next park.
Catering to a range of ages, Glover North is a great place to catch up with friends and let your kids play. This fun little park also has a magnificent helicopter as a centrepiece, making it quite an adventure for kids to visit!
This playground is fully fenced and features a lot of interactive play areas such as a rope bridge and quirky space age installations. It contains plenty of grassed areas for a picnic and has barbecue facilities within the playspace.
Situated in the leafy surrounds of Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka and in close proximity to all of the sights of city's East End, the Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka playground is a fun retreat for families.
There are swings, slides and climbing frames on a woodchip surface, with trees providing shade nearby and facilities including public toilets, electric barbecues and picnic tables.
There is also a kiosk and lake nearby, making this a great venue for a larger gathering.
Around the corner from Marshmallow Park, but not as busy on weekends, is Glover South. The playground is fenced and contains a huge grassed area with a number of play features, such as an activity net, a rope bridge, caterpillar pipes, a flying fox, a sand pit and stepping stones, all of which encourage creative and imaginative play - always great for the kids!
There are ample seating places for parents. Note that this playground tends to be very busy on weekdays during school terms. There are two basketball/netball courts next to the playground available for community use.
Bush Magic, located next to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, is another accessible playground. It will particularly appeal to younger children. This park is well-equipped with lots of interactive play elements, even a small maze to keep the children entertained!
The play area is fenced, and barbecue facilities are close by. Splash Cafe at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre is another option for visitors. Parking is available on-street or in the Aquatic Centre car park.
When you can’t get to one of our playgrounds, why not let it come to you.
Imagination Playground is an innovative playground equipment system that transforms any space into a play space that encourages learning, social development, movement, and above all fun. It is a mobile block based play system that transforms children’s minds, bodies and spirits through active, creative play.
Council’s Imagination Playground sets can be hired generally outside of school holiday times. You can also experience Imagination Playground at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.
FIND OUT MORE: Hiring Imagination Playground