Dunstone Grove/Linde Reserve Matilda’s Playground
Looking for some green space and a safe, fenced playground for your little ones? Dunstone Grove (also known as Linde Reserve) is a fabulous destination.
Review by Susannah Marks
Just over the road from the Avenues Shopping Centre in Stepney, Dunstone Grove/Linde Reserve has something to interest kids of all ages from toddlers to school kids.
The playground is fully fenced and beautifully shady on a sunny day with BBQs and picnic tables just outside the fenced area. Tucked down the end of a cul-de-sac off Nelson Street, it’s a great venue for a picnic as you can stock up on provisions at the Coles over the road.
The reserve is located along the beautified Second Creek area. It’s expansive, and attractively planted and is a lovely place for a wander.
What we love about Dunstone Grove/ Linde Reserve
The fenced play area is fun and straightforward for toddlers. Although it doesn’t have swings or a slide it does have a rubberised play surface, with little mounds to climb on and jump off, and a climbing “funnel web” structure which was fun for our toddlers to clamber over, but too challenging for them to climb too high on.
It’s not the biggest playground but there’s things for older kids to do too. There is a climbing frame with suspended seats dangling off it, and a ‘crows nest’ to climb up to where kids can survey their kingdom. Older preschoolers will enjoy the challenge of balancing on the surfboard.
The “Comet” is fun for bigger kids to ride on, but our toddlers were more keen on just walking along next to it and spinning it around slowly.
We also like the easy parking and shade sails above the play area.
Linde Reserve has an area known as Matilda’s Playground where kids can enjoy hunting for various statues dotted around the reserve.
Look out for the curled up cat, the tawny frogmouth, the howling wolf and the tuning fork, and the tree spirits.
We sometimes find ducks at the Second Creek area and you might see cormorants or hear frogs croaking.
❤️ Filtered drinking water fountain available.
❤️ Plenty of tables and seating for adults.
❤️ There are toilets located nearby – they’re outside the fenced area.
❤️ A BBQ area just outside the fence.
If you’re after a coffee then there’s a CIBO at the Avenues Shopping Centre over the road.
You can park on Cornish Street, or Nelson Street, or park on Stepney Street and wander through the beautiful Linde Reserve, admiring the community garden along the way.
Linde Reserve is one of NPSP Council’s top six parks that are suitable for most events and functions. Bookings are necessary if you wish to hold an event or organised sporting activity in one of their parks or reserves – you can check availability and book via their website here.
Stepney Street, Stepney
About Susannah: I’m a mum to three boys and a little girl and I am learning to embrace the chaos. I love my morning coffee, exercise, cranking up some good tunes on the stereo, and heading away to new places on holiday. Originally from New Zealand, I now call Adelaide home and I love getting out and about and exploring all the fabulous things for families to do in Adelaide.
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