[ September 25, 2021 to October 4, 2021. ]
Nature Festival Returning to SA in September to October 2021
Nature Festival will return to South Australia in 2021 from 25 September to 4 October with the first elements of its 2021 program revealed to include an artistic program of talks, exhibitions, and performances focused on the relationship South Australians have with nature and exploring how […]
[ September 25, 2021 to October 4, 2021. ]
Bowman Park Nature Playspace, Crystal Brook
Enjoy a picnic and a play at this beautiful new playspace on your next road trip to the Flinders Ranges.
by Sharon Harrington
Picture perfect setting
On our recent road trip to the Southern Flinders Ranges, we visited the magical Bowman Park Nature Playspace. The space is set amongst centuries old red gum […]
[ July 14, 2021 to July 15, 2021. ]
Cubbies by the Creek! – Nature Play SA
Cubbies by the Creek is coming to Belair National Park during the July School Holidays.
Join Nature Play SA for wild adventures with family and friends as Cubbies by the Creek returns on 14 – 15 July 2021.
This event is recommended for children aged 5 – 12 years. While […]
[ July 9, 2021; ]
Fun with Kites and Nature amongst the Wetlands at Warriparinga
Enjoy kite decorating, treasure hunts and guided walks throughout the 3.5 hectares of reserve at Bedford Park.
Make sure to take along everything you need for a picnic and enjoy a winter’s day out. Along with kite decorating there will be nature treasure hunts, plus guided environmental […]
25 Things To Do In Winter for Adelaide Families
Looking for some fun winter inspiration to get out and about with the kids?
Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until spring! The days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and it’s wetter underfoot, but Nature Play SA’s list of 25 things to do in winter […]
[ May 29, 2021; ]
Cleland Blitz 2021
Roll up your sleeves and put your green thumbs to good use at the Cleland Blitz at Cleland Wildlife Park.
Their scaly, furry and feathered friends love meeting new people but hate cleaning up after themselves – help them keep their park beautiful.
Spend the day at Cleland Wildlife Park and help them re-vamp their […]
[ April 13, 2021; ]
Wittunga Botanic Garden Nature Playspace – Review
Wittunga Botanic Garden’s new nature playspace has now opened on Tuesday 13 April 2021, just in time for the school holidays.
This fabulous new space will provide plenty of fun for all ages and provide a unique place to play in a glorious botanical setting. It will aim to be […]
Adelaide Botanic Garden – Be Here
Discover a new playground for your little adventurers and relax as they unleash their imagination in Adelaide Botanic Garden. Located only steps from the hustle and bustle of Adelaide city centre, the garden is home to an accessible oasis that kids of any age can enjoy.
While every nook […]
[ April 20, 2021 to April 21, 2021. ]
Nature Play SA Forest Festival 2021
Grab your picnic blankets and beanies, Nature Play SA is bringing you an unforgettable family festival in the majestic Kuitpo Forest.
Enjoy wild adventures with family and friends as the Nature Play Forest Festival returns to Kuitpo Forest in 2021. The festival is ticketed and numbers capped each day to ensure […]
[ March 28, 2021; ]
Enjoy, Explore, Preserve at Myponga Reservoir
Myponga Reservoir on-water access for kayaking available from 28 March 2021.
In April 2019, Myponga Reservoir Reserve became ours to enjoy with access for land-based recreational activities, which was then extended with an extra 3km of new trails. Shoreline fishing is also available with a permit, plus the fishing zone was then […]
[ March 20, 2021; ]
Southern Barossa Alliance Nature Adventure Day
The Southern Barossa Alliance, the Williamstown Action Group and the Barossa Local Drug Action Team are hosting a Barossa Nature Adventure Day to promote health and wellbeing, networking and resilience, as the community continues to transition from COVID19 crisis to COVID 19 normal living.
This Nature Adventure Day will be held […]
[ March 14, 2021; ]
The Sustainability Picnic
Enjoy discussion, information and activities with your neighbours and friends at the Uraidla Sustainability Picnic.
Be challenged by their speakers, who will inspire and challenge your thinking on sustainability and climate change and help you think about what and how we can make our community more sustainable.
Take Inspiration from their “Sustainable Conversations” program, talk […]
[ March 20, 2021 to March 21, 2021. ]
Tipsy Hill – Open Gardens SA
Tipsy Hill, a one-of-a-kind property atop a hill in Blewitt Springs is opening its gardens this March, welcoming in members of the public to explore its extensive, captivating grounds and take in the breathtaking views.
It is home to wine royalty Bec Hardy, who has devoted herself to creating a charming […]
[ March 13, 2021; ]
Family Crabbing Day
Join Nature Play SA for a family Crabbing Day off Brighton Jetty
Join Nature Play SA as they teach your children aged 5 – 12 years the skills to crab so it is safe, sustainable and most of all, heaps of fun.
Spend some quality time outdoors as they (literally) teach you the crabbing ropes […]
[ February 14, 2021; February 15, 2021; February 20, 2021; February 21, 2021; ]
Grab a Gala – Apple Picking at Harrisville Orchards
The “New Season Gala” apples are ready to be picked at Harrisville Orchards in Lenswood.
The orchard fresh Galas are incredibly crisp and crunchy and the ‘Grab a Gala’ event is your last chance to enjoy fresh tasty apples straight from the trees.
Harrisville Orchards are the only commercial grower […]
Burnside Adventure Park
The Burnside Adventure Park is an award winning playground situated within Kensington Gardens Reserve.
This review has been updated February 2021.
Set amongst a natural landscape and huge gum trees, this beautiful play space is popular with children of all ages and abilities with an impressive selection of different activities on offer. From swinging and […]
Point Turton Nature Playspace and Bike Track
The Point Turton Nature Playspace and Bike Track on the Yorke Peninsula was upgraded and re-opened in 2019. It’s a great regional playground in this small seaside town, just up the road from the Point Turton Caravan Park, with the beach right in front.
The wonderful nature inspired playspace has […]
Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Park 16) Wetland Project – Flood management works in the South Park Lands
The Brown Hill and Keswick Creeks Stormwater Board is building an important project in Adelaide’s South Park Lands, constructing a wetland at the southern end of Victoria Park. It will help manage flooding from Park Lands Creek and within downstream residential […]
Wittunga Botanic Garden – New Nature Play Space
Wittunga Botanic Garden is building a new nature play space set to open in March 2021.
Children and their carers will soon have an exciting new reason to visit Wittunga Botanic Garden, with a unique play space starting construction in January 2021. The play space will be a fun way […]
[ December 13, 2020; ]
Hope Valley Reservoir
Hope Valley Reservoir in Adelaide’s Northeastern suburbs will open to the public for the first time in its 150-year history in time for the summer school holidays.
From Sunday 13 December 2020 a range of land-based recreational activities such as walking, cycling and picnicking will be available at the Hope Valley Reservoir, with planning underway […]
Cherry Picking around Adelaide and Cherry Shed Door Sales
There’s nothing that says summer more than when fresh, juicy, red, sweet, local cherries are available. When the cherry season arrives it reminds us that Christmas is near.
If you love eating cherries, a fun way to get them is to pick your own. Similar to picking strawberries […]
[ October 10, 2020; ] [caption id="attachment_140042" align="alignnone" width="630"] Boardwalk on the Steub Trail (Credit: Walking SA)[/caption]
Steub Trail to Mt Lofty Summit, Cleland Conservation Park Officially Opened
Ever wanted to hike to the Mt Lofty Summit without the steep incline? This new trail is for you. The 3.8-kilometre Steub Trail begins at Cleland Wildlife Park and gently climbs through forest woodlands on […]
[ September 25, 2020 to October 4, 2020. ]
Nature Festival – A New Festival for South Australia
Nature Festival is a 10-day open-access festival celebrating the role nature plays in the identity of all South Australians. Expect family play experiences from Nature Play, outdoor yoga, public talks, and artistic installations. Nature Festival’s inaugural program hosts free and ticketed events dedicated to celebrating nature in […]
25 Things To Do In Spring for Adelaide Families by Nature Play SA
Looking for some fun Spring inspiration to get out and about with the kids now the weather is warming up?
Once Spring is in the air the days get longer and warmer so it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and explore! We are […]
Explore the Nature Play Space in The Domain at Millicent
The new nature play space next to the mega playground in The Domain at Millicent was officially opened by Tony Pasin MP and Mayor Des Noll on 31 July 2020.
This State and Federal Government funded project has involved many hours of planning and work from both […]
Willunga Almond Blossoms
The 2020 Willunga Almond Blossom Festival has been postponed until November. However, visitors can still enjoy the blossom trees in and around Willunga which have already started blossoming.
2020 Willunga Almond Blossom Festival 20-22 November – READ MORE HERE
There are a variety of almond blossom trees in and around Willunga. Some are blossoming now, some […]
National Parks & Wildlife Service South Australia Park of the Month for August 2020 – Encounter Marine Park and Granite Island Recreation Park
With each Park of the Month there will be a variety of events for everyone to enjoy, with many of them free to attend. You can learn more about a park direct from […]
[ July 24, 2020 to September 8, 2020. ]
Your Wild Child Book Presale – More Nature Play Activities for Kids
Following on from the success of the first book by Brooke Davis, Your Wild Imagination, comes Your Wild Child – a new book for families to enjoy.
Full of new and interesting nature based activities for children aged 2-12 years, this practical and easy to […]
Easy Walks & Bushwalks around Adelaide with Kids
Bushwalking and walking outdoors is a great way to spend time as a family, talking, relaxing, and it’s a great way to reduce stress. There are so many fantastic places to explore in Adelaide and around South Australia.
Some walks are more suited to prams and toddlers as they […]
Carrick Hill Story Book Trail
Carrick Hill is an elegant English manor-style house built in 1939 surrounded by beautiful sprawling gardens. The Carrick Hill Story Book Trail takes you on a fun journey for about half a kilometre through the beautiful grounds and gardens of Carrick Hill Estate with plenty to explore and discover.
**Editors note July […]
Explore Adelaide’s Creeks
Kids are drawn to creeks. They love exploring this natural, wonderful play space – with or without water.
Winter, especially when we’ve had rain, is a wonderful opportunity to explore the creeks with running water. When we go camping, our kids can literally spend all day in a creek, collecting rocks and sticks, looking […]
[ July 4, 2020 to July 31, 2020. ]
#ItsBetterOutside – Nature Play SA Campaign
Nature Play SA has launched its new #ItsBetterOutside campaign featuring resources to inspire South Australians to get outside with their families.
It is a frightening and real fact that children are less physically active than ever. It is a startling statistic that only one in four children meet Australia’s Physical Activity […]
Glenthorne National Park – New Nature Play Adventure Playground Development
A nature-focussed adventure playground will be developed as an iconic destination within the Glenthorne National Park thanks to a partnership between the Marshall Liberal Government and the City of Marion.
The City of Marion has agreed to contribute $2 million towards a huge adventure playground after it embraced […]
Explore the largest nature-based playspace in Adelaide’s south, at Wilfred Taylor Reserve.
By Brooke Hendry
Parents – load up that picnic basket and get ready for a treat! Wilfred Taylor Reserve, in Morphett Vale, is now open. Families, go in and roam, explore and play at what is now the largest nature-based playspace in the south of […]
[ May 7, 2020 to June 8, 2020. ]
Junior Rangers – Autumn Diaries
South Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service has a new Junior Ranger nature journaling activity that will get kids excited about spending time in nature this autumn. There is also a great competition too.
Designed to spark curious minds, ‘Autumn Diaries’ is a great way to take the classroom outside and get […]
Photo credit: Michael Waterhouse Photography
Ghost Mushrooms in the Adelaide Hills
You don’t have to go all the way to Mount Gambier to see these amazing bioluminescent fungi.
Head to the Mark Oliphant Conservation Park trails in Heathfield in the Adelaide Hills to view the incredible Omphalotus Nidiformis, also known as ‘Ghost Mushrooms’. Photographer Michael Waterhouse found these […]
[ May 15, 2020; ]
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden re-opens Friday 15 May 2020
With just over two weeks of May remaining we still have enough time to visit the stunning Mount Lofty Botanic Garden to take in the beautiful late autumn colours.
After seven weeks of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are delighted to hear that Mount Lofty Botanic […]
South Australia’s National Parks are reopening for camping on Monday 11 May 2020
National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia are reopening National Parks for camping, plus parks accommodation and camping on Crown Lands will also reopen.
Park facilities now open include:
Campgrounds (from Monday 11 May 2020)
Group facilities such as barbecues, firepits, showers, indoor camp kitchens (from […]
Tips for gardening with kids at home
There’s nothing better than picking your own fruit and veg and watching your flowers and plants spring up and become a haven for bees, birds and other creatures.
Gardening is great fun and good exercise and it’s fantastic when kids get out into the garden and watch with excitement […]
Family, nature and COVID-19 – A free online guide to support families by Nature Play SA
In an Australian first, South Australian, not for profit organisation, Nature Play SA has launched a free, online guide to support families across the country and the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This beautifully presented 85-page e-book offers credible information, strategies, and […]