50 Great Walks and Hikes for Kids & Families in South Australia
Walking and hiking with kids is a great way for families to spend quality time together outdoors. There are some really easy, short walks in South Australia which are great for little legs, while older kids will enjoy the challenge of more adventurous hikes.
50 Great Walks and Hikes for Kids & Families in South Australia
Fossil Hunters Playground | Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park
A nature based playground and South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site, get together for a great day of fun and digging into the treasures of our past.
by Natalie Thoo
As you walk up to the Naracoorte Caves Visitor Centre you can’t miss a newly curated playground just off […]
Mitcham Memorial Library & Brownhill Creek in Hawthorn
If you thought libraries were just for bookworms or cranky types who like to ‘shh’ your kids, think again. Libraries aren’t what they used to be – particularly Hawthorn’s Mitcham Memorial Library.
by Carla Caruso
Following a $6.5 million rebuild, the new-look Mitcham Library flung open its doors in January […]
[ October 13, 2019; ]
Salisbury Plays at St Kilda
Salisbury Plays will arrive at St Kilda Adventure Playground for some games, sports, fun and food.
In partnership with Nature Play SA, this exciting event is filled with a range of nature play activities for children and families of all ages, from bush craft and kite making to walks exploring the biodiversity […]
[ September 29, 2019; ]
Explore, Discover + Play – A Family Day Out at Felixstow Reserve – Nature Play SA
Join Nature Play SA and the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters as they host a FREE family day out at the award winning Felixstow Reserve.
The fun-filled day will have the whole family exploring wetlands teeming with life, discovering […]
[ October 12, 2019; ]
Forest Adventure Day on Hindmarsh Island
Join Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures for a fun and adventurous family experience exploring the magical forest at their private campsite on Hindmarsh Island.
The Forest Adventure Day is part of the Nature Play SA Festival, an annual festival for children and their families which celebrates and encourages play outdoors in nature.
[ September 28, 2019 to October 20, 2019. ]
Nature Play SA 2019 Festival
The Nature Play SA Festival is an annual festival for children and their families which celebrates and encourages play outdoors in nature!
The Festival is coordinated by Nature Play SA in collaboration with more than 30 wonderful event host organisations including local and state government, not-for-profits, playgroups, education sites, nature clubs, Friends Groups, libraries and more! The 2018 Nature Play Festival is […]
[ September 22, 2019; ]
Tennyson Dunes Open Day
Coastal beauty spot, Wara Wayingga-Tennyson Dunes Conservation Reserve, will be a-buzz with activity at its popular annual Open Day.
This year, Tennyson Dunes have a huge new project that you can be directly involved in. Join Sophie Thomson, of Gardening Australia fame, and help them build their very own Native Bee Hotel and […]
[ September 22, 2019; ]
Bushcare’s Big Day Out 2019 – Morialta Conservation Park
Go along to Morialta’s Fourth Creek in the top of the park where the wild things thrive.
Many people love to visit Morialta for its lovely waterfalls, but did you know that in the top of the park is where many threatened species live? Did you also know […]
[ October 19, 2019; ]
Flinders University SpringFest
Explore, play and discover Flinders.
Flinders University is calling all explorers to experience their spring garden of fun, education and entertainment. Held during the October school holidays, they’ve partnered with Nature Play SA to cultivate a packed program of free activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy.
Be amazed by the weird, wacky […]
[ September 21, 2019 to September 22, 2019. September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019. ]
Stella Creek Cherry Blossom Festival
Each year for two weeks in Spring, the Stella Creek Orchards come alive with cherry blossom. To walk under the canopy of over 2 million white blossoms is a truly magical experience and one that they would like to share with everyone.
For the first time in September 2019, Stella Creek will […]
We’ve recently stumbled across an old gem – Pine Reserve Playground in Aberfoyle Park
by Brooke Hendry
Have you ever lived in an area for years and not realised that you had an absolute treasure of a playground literally around the corner?
This is what has happened to us. How did we not know about Pine Reserve Playground […]
[ August 17, 2019 to August 18, 2019. ]
Festival of the Magpie at Cleland Wildlife Park
Known for their sweet song and sometimes vicious aerial assaults, the magpie is a highly intelligent bird, and one that is often misunderstood.
To help gain a better understanding of magpies and their habits, Cleland Wildlife Park is holding a two day ‘Festival of the Magpie’ event on the […]
[ August 11, 2019; ]
Granite Island Planting Day
Go along and help Friends of Granite Island plant seedlings to restore the Little Penguin habitat.
On Sunday 11 August the local ranger will be on hand and you can learn about the Little Penguin from the volunteers, who are working hard to look after the island, by joining a penguin tour.
If you […]
[ July 26, 2019; July 28, 2019; ]
National Tree Day 2019
National Tree Day started has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to the community.
Proudly sponsored by Toyota Australia, Tree Day is an opportunity to do something positive for your local environment and […]
Heywood Park Mini Ninja Playspace Under Construction
Editor’s Note: the playspace is now open from 26 September 2019
READ OUR REVIEW HERE
Cutting-edge technology and a new playground will be installed at Heywood Park thanks to more than $400,000 of Federal and State Government funding.
The City of Unley was successful in receiving $150,000 from the State Government’s Fund […]
[ July 8, 2019 to July 13, 2019. ]
Pop-up Adventure Playspace at Eighty Eight O’Connell during the July School Holidays
The Pop-up Adventure Playspace at Eighty Eight O’Connell will be filled with an epic variety of FREE activities for children of all ages.
This event will take place during the first week of SA school holidays. Please check the details below for dates and […]
[ June 29, 2019; ]
International Mud Day 2019
This year, International Mud Day is being held on Saturday 29 June 2019. It aims to connect children across the entire world through the earth, by playing in the mud.
It gives children and early childhood professionals all over the globe the opportunity to celebrate nature, outdoors and mess by getting really muddy […]
[ June 28, 2019; 9:30 am to 11:30 am. ]
Mud Fest and Outdoor Play
International Mud Day is a day for children all over the world to celebrate nature and the joy of mud, with the oficial day this year Saturday 29 June 2019 (read more about it here).
The Holdfast Bay Community Centre will be hosting a morning full of muddy fun on Friday 28 […]
[ July 17, 2019; ]
Cubby Town 2019
Cubby Town is back for the 2019 winter school holidays!
Nature Play SA is excited to be teaming up with National Parks South Australia again for their 5th Cubby Town event for ONE DAY only on 17 July at Belair National Park.
Tickets are now on sale and numbers will be capped to ensure the enjoyment of […]
[ June 23, 2019; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ]
Swampfest 2019 Community Planting Day at Stipiturus Conservation Park
Help save the Mount Lofty Ranges Southern Emu-wren
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges invite you and your family to this year’s Swampfest, an annual community event to help re-establish habitat around one of the Fleurieu’s largest swamps. During the day they will be planting seedlings of […]
Newman’s Nursery Ruins Walk
Some mums on Mother’s Day like pancakes in bed or the latest celebrity fragrance. I alternatively used the day as an excuse to drag my family of four on a hike. But as I knew would happen, they enjoyed the experience just as much as I did!
I stumbled across information about the […]
[ May 28, 2019; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. June 1, 2019; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. June 2, 2019; 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ]
Wild Imagination celebrate World Environment Day with Nature Play for Families
Wild Imagination is an award winning nature play program which has seen more than 15,000 children experience the joy of outdoor free play. Their World Environment Day program offers a variety of family fun events. Due to the range of activities planned, they recommend kids […]
[ May 25, 2019; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]
Opening of Oaklands Estate Reserve Upgrade
The whole community is invited for the official opening of the recently upgraded Oaklands Estate Reserve with City of Marion Mayor, Kris Hanna from 11am to 1pm on Saturday 25 May 2019.
The event is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the reserve’s $825,000 upgrade. The work completes the 12 […]
[ May 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019. ]
Para Wirra Conservation Park – National Parks SA Park of the Month – May 2019
Celebrate Para Wirra Conservation Park this May.
Located less than one hours’ drive from Adelaide, this park is the perfect destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. It’s popular with groups of families and friends who enjoy the park’s wildlife, picnicking, […]
[ April 30, 2019; May 7, 2019; May 14, 2019; May 21, 2019; May 28, 2019; June 4, 2019; June 11, 2019; June 18, 2019; June 25, 2019; July 2, 2019; ]
Bush Babies is a weekly nature-based playgroup for parents and preschool children aged 1 to 4 years.
Cleland is the perfect setting to engage in nature play and develop a relationship and appreciation for nature while exploring social interactions with other children. Each week will involve different activities that will promote a new educational […]
[ April 30, 2019 to May 1, 2019. May 7, 2019 to May 8, 2019. May 14, 2019 to May 15, 2019. May 21, 2019 to May 22, 2019. May 28, 2019 to May 29, 2019. June 4, 2019 to June 5, 2019. June 11, 2019 to June 12, 2019. June 18, 2019 to June 19, 2019. June 25, 2019 to June 26, 2019. July 2, 2019 to July 3, 2019. ]
Kids Club is a weekly nature-based drop-off club for primary school-aged children aged 5 to 12 years. Kids Club encourages independence and self-growth. Parents and guardians can relax in the cafe or return at the completion of each session.
Cleland is the perfect setting to engage in nature play and develop a relationship and appreciation […]
[ May 4, 2019; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ]
Family Bike Ride and Nature Play Afternoon
Enjoy the outdoors in autumn with an afternoon of nature play and a gentle family bike ride.
The Family Bike Ride includes a ride along the Sturt River Trail from Warriparringa Wetlands to Oaklands Wetland and back. It will kick off with a Kaurna Welcome to Country and cultural walk […]
[ May 4, 2019 5:00 pm to May 5, 2019 5:00 pm. ]
Harrisville Orchards in Lenswood is open for Apple Picking on Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May 2019
Over the first weekend in May, Harrisville Orchards are holding a Pick a Pink Lady event and they invite families to go along and pick fresh apples straight from the trees.
Entry Fee – TBA (previous years $5 per […]
[ May 4, 2019 to May 5, 2019. ]
Pick a Pink Lady® Weekend 2019 | Adelaide Apple Picking
Four family-owned and run apple orchards located in the heart of one of Australia’s premium apple-growing regions in the Adelaide Hills are open for visiting, exploring and fruit picking.
For one weekend only Pick a Pink Lady® Weekend provides a unique opportunity to pick some Pink Lady® […]
[ April 14, 2019; ]
An Expo to Celebrate the Start of the South Australian Bushwalking Season.
With the arrival of cooler autumn weather, hiking is an ideal outdoor activity. South Australia’s bushwalking clubs and Walking SA are coming together to celebrate the occasion with a unique day in Belair National Park.
Expo of walking tours, walking destinations, outdoor retailers, walking […]
Matthew Street Reserve Fairy Houses
Matthew Street Reserve in O’Halloran Hill has some mysterious new residents.
Tiny fairy houses appeared earlier this year in February, thanks to the crafty members of the Trott Park Men’s Shed. Have a short adventure to find the fairy village and imagine what the magical fairies are up to.
Hint: the fairy village […]
[ April 3, 2019 to April 18, 2019. ]
Pop Up Wild Goblin Garden at Eighty Eight O’Connell
Let your little one’s imagination and creativity run wild when North Adelaide’s Eighty Eight O’Connell Street site transforms into a gorgeous Goblin Garden.
Kids can tinker with natural materials and play inside the goblin homes in this pop up sustainable village, created using upcycled materials by Climbing Tree […]
Point Turton Nature Playspace & Bike Track
After works throughout 2017 and 2018, the upgraded Point Turton Nature Playspace is now open.
The Point Turton Progress Association Playground Committee approached the Yorke Peninsula Council in mid-2016 regarding an upgrade/redevelopment of the Point Turton Playground to incorporate natural playspaces and create a playground that is different to all […]
Jubilee Way Reserve Completed Upgrade
Exciting new equipment, plus a new toilet, shelter and barbecue have been installed at Wynn Vale Jubilee Way Reserve.
The upgrade is thanks to a $150,000 from the Government of South Australia. Jubilee Reserve is a popular, well-used community area adjacent to the Jubilee Community Centre. This beautiful green space aligned with trees leading […]
[ April 16, 2019 to April 17, 2019. ]
Nature Play SA Forest Festival 2019
Grab your picnic blankets and beanies, Nature Play SA are bringing you an unforgettable family festival in the majestic Kuitpo Forest.
Enjoy two days of nature play, celebrate the school holidays and set the scene for wild Autumn adventures and memory-making with family and friends.
Located in the grassy clearings and forest […]
[ February 16, 2019; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ]
Adventures By The Sea
Nature Play SA is partnering with the City of Holdfast Bay to bring you Adventures by the Sea. There will be a range of activities for children aged 4 yrs and upwards, including: sand mandalas; cricket; totem tennis; water sports; learning about the Kaurna Culture; Nipper boards with Seacliff Surf Life Saving; […]
[ December 22, 2018; ]
Official Opening of Waikerie Water & Nature Play Park
Help celebrate the opening of Waikerie’s new Water & Nature Play Park.
On Saturday 22 December 2018 the park will be officially opened. There will be a free sausage sizzle and visitors will be the first to try out the park. Bring the family and explore the new surroundings […]
[ October 24, 2018; October 31, 2018; November 4, 2018; November 7, 2018; November 14, 2018; November 21, 2018; December 1, 2018; December 8, 2018; December 12, 2018 to December 13, 2018. December 19, 2018; ]
Nature Play SA Christmas Pop-Up Shop
Nature Play SA is hosting a pop-up shop for some pre-Christmas shopping at the beautiful Wittunga House in Wittunga Botanic Garden.
The pop-up shop is open every Wednesday until the 12th of December from 10am-3pm with some additional days and longer hours as Christmas gets closer. They also have a beautiful Spring […]
[ December 1, 2018; ]
Adventures By The Sea with Nature Play SA
Nature Play SA is partnering with the City of Holdfast Bay to bring you Adventures By The Sea. There will be a range of activities on the day for kids 4 years and up including cricket, totem tennis, water sports, sand mandalas, kite flying, marine walks, beachcombing bingo […]