Top Places to Walk & Play Around Adelaide in Spring 2017

We love Spring things to do in Adelaide

Springtime in the Sunshine!

Have you been dreaming of Springtime…? Dream no longer – it is here! Spring is full of exciting things to see – from the tiniest bud on a tree, to beautiful blossoms, flowers and and birds. There is so much to appreciate outdoors at this time of year. So grab the kids and head to your nearest park, playground or find a nature walk and go on an adventure that’s sure to clear the winter cobwebs away.

Nature Walks and Trails

Amy Gillet Bikeway

Situated in the Adelaide Hills from Woodside to Mount Torrens, this is a beautiful trail to walk or ride in the middle of the countryside. Read more here

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Carrick Hill

This is one of our favourite destinations with something for everyone to appreciate – scenic views, beautiful gardens to meander and the delightful Storybook Trail, complete with cubby houses to play in – a great adventure for the kids. Read more here

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Hallett Cove Conservation Park

Explore the boardwalks and trails of the Hallett Cove Conservation Park and take in the spectacular views of Gulf St Vincent. Read more here.

Waterfall Gully

Waterfall Gully was closed after severe weather events in September 2016 but was repaired and re-opened in October 2016.

Editors note: {September 2017} Track recovery works are still in progress at Waterfall Gully and some tracks may be closed temporarily. It is hoped that works will be completed by October 2017. See the National Parks SA website here for updates.

Only ten minutes from the city, Waterfall Gully is home to a wide range of fauna and flora and is normally the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the beautiful waterfall before taking a walk. Utopia is a lovely restaurant and has reopened following last years floods. Read our review here



Bridgewater Mill Reserve & Heysen Trail

Play in the creek and then follow the Heysen Trail past the train line. Read more here

Morialta Conservation Park

Morialta Conservation Park is great for young families – the walk to the First Falls is pretty flat and ok to do with a pram. Explore the creeks and look out for plenty of wildlife – we love to do some koala spotting and counting how many we see.  Read about it here

Editors note: {September 2017} Following last year’s flooding events, the following trails have reopened: Second Falls to Third Falls; Centre Track to Third Falls; Third Falls to Third Falls

The new nature playground is now open! Read our review here


Victoria Park Loop

We are so lucky to have beautiful open spaces and parks right on the edge of the city. The Victoria Park Loop is a great place for families to take a walk, ride bikes away from the dangers of the road, or to simply walk the dog in open space away from the traffic. It’s part of the The Park Lands Trail which features 27km of pathways designed for use by walkers, runners and cyclists, as well as being wheelchair and pram accessible.  Read about it here

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Waite Arboretum

A wonderful spot with over 30 hectares to have a rambling walk and is open free to the public. You’ll find over 800 species of plants with every tree labelled. There’s plenty to explore here, including the fabulous labyrinth. Read more here

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Port Elliot – Horseshoe Bay Cliff Walk

The cliff top walk from the beach in Horseshoe Bay has stunning views over the ocean, big rocks and trees to climb. Read more here

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Granite Island Recreation & Nature Park – Victor Harbor

The island is a must visit destination if spending time at one of our most popular coastal towns, Victor Harbor.  It’s an ideal spot for taking the kids out for an active day of discovery and exploration, with the walking trails easy to follow and stairs to climb should you wish to reach the higher points. Read more here

Favourite Parks & Gardens

Botanic Park | Adelaide

The perfect spot for a family reunion, picnic lunch or just a place to let the kids use their imagination, climb trees and dangle over the giant roots of the majestic Fig Trees. Read more here 

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Adelaide Botanic Garden

A wonderful garden in the city of Adelaide to walk around; have a picnic catch up with friends as it’s nice and central; and let the kids run around and explore. Read more here

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Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens

Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is beautiful in every season. In spring, be sure to head to Magnolia Gully and the South East Asian Gully to see the Magnolias and Camellias at the peak of their flowering season. Remember to take a picnic lunch. Read our review here

Editors Note {September 2017} During last year’s storms, many walking paths were affected. Many paths have been repaired but there are some sign-posted paths to indicate that some have not yet been fully repaired.

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Here are some of Adelaide’s newest or newly refurbished playgrounds.

Lower North Adelaide Playspace – Read more here

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Jervois Street Reserve at South PlymptonRead more here

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Grant Place ReserveRead more here 

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Glenelg Foreshore Playspace – Read more here


The Adelaide Zoo has an amazing Nature’s Playground – Read more here

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Goolwa Nature Playground – Read more here

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See our list of Top Adelaide Playgrounds here.

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Get Involved in Nature

Bushcare Day at Morialta Conservation Park | 17 September 2017 read more here

Nature Play Festival | 30 September – 15 October 2017 | Read more here

Cubby Town by the Creek | 8 October 2017 | Read more here

Spring Fest | 14 October 2017 | Read more here

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Read about 25 nature play activities to do with children before they turn 1. Click here to read

30 Things To Do Before You’re 10 – by a 10 Year Old. Click here to read

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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