Carrick Hill Story Book Trail
The Children’s Story Book Trail takes you on a fun journey for about half a kilometre through the grounds and gardens of Carrick Hill Estate with plenty to explore and discover.
You can pick up the Carrick Hill Story Book Trail Guide from the front desk of the house.
You can experience and engage with scenes from such classics as The Hobbit, The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web, Jungle Book, Harry Potter and our favourite, The Magic Faraway Tree.
Children can explore and discover the natural world with all sorts of surprises along the way to find.
Older children will be familiar with the stories while the younger children will enjoy all the playful discoveries just as much.
There are things hidden up in the trees and in other hiding spots along the paths. Both my kids (3.5 & 7 yrs) delighted in finding them all.
Look out for the little red wooden information stands for information, clues or activities to do.
There are cubby houses, animals to spot, a hidden secret key, fairies, a Hobbit’s house and mystical creatures (just to name a few things – I don’t want to spoil all the surprises)! So much to encourage the imagination of children (and adults alike). You may have read these classic stories yourself as a child or recently to your children.
It’s like a story book setting with hills to roll down, grassy areas to run around, bridges to cross, creeks to follow and paths to meander through.
There are lovely shady spots to sit in and plenty of space to have a picnic all around the grounds. We happily spent nearly 3 hours there and the kids were not keen on leaving. Another family who visited during the school holidays told me they spent four hours there and took a picnic lunch.
The Haywards Garage cafe is also open for coffee, afternoon tea or lunch.
The best thing is that it is totally FREE to visit the gardens and grounds. There are entrance fees to tour the house. You can go along and do the Story Book Trail, play in the gardens, have a picnic there and it won’t cost you a thing.
The Carrick Hill Estate is a beautiful vista of terraces, sweeping lawns, tall hedges, and intimate gardens sprinkled with sculptures and shady trees with great views over the city and to the sea. All this is wrapped around the magnificent homestead and is truly a wonderful piece of living history in South Australia.
Play & Go tip for enjoying Carrick Hill Story Book Trail:
You can take strollers along the trail – I would recommend one with bigger wheels rather than one with little wheels as some of the dirt tracks may be a little hard to manoeuvre.
What: Carrick Hill ♥ Story Book Trail
When: Wednesday to Sundays and Public Holidays 10 am to 4:30 pm (Hayward’s Cafe 10.00am to 4.00pm).
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday. Closed Anzac Day until 12.00 noon.
Carrick Hill is CLOSED for the Winter break between 1st July and 1st August for preventative conservation and restoration work.
Where: 46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield ♥ Phone 08 8433 1700 | Map
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