Heron Way Reserve Playground – Hallett Cove
The major upgrade of Heron Way Reserve has taken place and is now open for play as of November 2018. It features a new playground, commemorative space, fitness equipment and picnic facilities. It is adjacent to Grand Central Avenue Reserve.
Most of the playground is under large shade sails, making it the perfect destination for a play date on a sunny day. A plank and step balance path takes you to the top of the playground for spectacular views across the beach.
- Drinking taps and fountain
- Picnic tables
- Dog bag station
- Dogs drinking bowl
- Toilets (daylight hours) with baby change facilities, disabled access
- Public art
The new playground features water play, sandpit, a 5-way swing, tunnel slide, nature play climbing and balance beams.
- Balancing beams, steps, bridge
- Climbing net
- Nature play – Logs, Rocky river, Stacking Stones
- Sand play – Sandpit
- Mound slide
- Water play with pump channel
- Bark chip softfall
- Rubber softfall
The playground is not fenced.
Water and sand lovers will enjoy the ambling water play area with sandpit and plenty of log and concrete features provide a climbing challenge and seating for those who prefer not to get wet.
In a nod to the past playground, the new iconic 5-way swing provides the same group experience – enjoy with four friends, or go solo and enjoy the views while you go up and down (the mid-chain goes behind your back).
A twisting tunnel slide takes you on a wild adventure down the slope, at the perfect speed so you don’t overshoot the end.
The balancing beams offer great practise with coordination and balance, as well as imaginative play (there could be crocodiles nearby you know).
A wooden staircase leads you to the beach for exploring with pebbles and sand to play.
There is seating and grassy areas to enjoy the view and practise some cartwheels.
This reserve has all the facilities for long stay visits, such as catch ups with friends and family, and is designed for large scale community events too.
A toilet is situated at the southern end of the reserve, with artwork relating to the geology of the area.
There are a number of shelters, seats, picnic tables and BBQs for meals and celebrations. The drinking fountain includes a dog drinking bowl for the pooches.
The commemorative space at the centre of the reserve is designed for large scale events. Services for Anzac Day and Remembrance Day are held each year.
New Fitness Equipment has been included (pictured below) and there are tracks for walking. See our post about the Hallett Cove Conservation Park which has wonderful walking trails.
Tjilbruke Dreaming Track
The coastal area along Hallett Cove was of major cultural and mythological significance to the Kaurna Aborigines. It was on this beach that Tjilbruke created a fresh water spring which he gave to the people. The presence of permanent springs enabled the semi-nomadic Kaurna to establish their summer camp-sites in this area. Fish, shellfish and crustaceans were the major food source.
Archaeological surveys have unearthed numerous campsites, some of which date back 6,000 years. Of particular archaeological significance is an area of Pliocene sandstone which the people used for making stone tools. This is the only place in South Australia where Pliocene sandstone was made into tools.
Our favourite nearby coffee spots are:
Down the road at 1A Heron Way is The Boatshed Cafe
Please see the City of Marion website here for more info about Heron Way Reserve.
Where: Heron Way, Hallett Cove | Map
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All photos are by City of Marion
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