Monash Adventure Park – one of South Australia’s favourite family playgrounds.
by Katrina Gogel
A family day out in the Riverland must include a trip to Monash Adventure Park!
Developed by local Monash identity Grant Telfer in the 1960’s, the original adventure-style play equipment was a sight and an experience to behold. For some of the truly amazing memories of what the park used to be like there is a Facebook page dedicated to sharing the many images, videos and stories of the original and unique equipment that made this park a highlight for so many South Aussie’s in the 70’s and 80’s.
After a brief closure in the early 90’s, the refurbished park reopened to the public in 1996 and is still one of the most popular attractions in the Riverland. With crazy leaning towers, rope bridges, a wave bridge, slippery slides, flying fox, giant swings, mini basketball court, a large wooden maze PLUS plenty of traditional play equipment, there’s something fun for everyone!
See our photos and info below for a glimpse into Monash Adventure Park:
Entrance is free, though gold coin donations help contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of the park. Please leave a donation in the box as you walk past.
The bright leaning towers, with ladders to the lookouts at the top, and a rope bridge that leads to further play equipment. It will be the first thing your kids run towards!
Colourful structures and equipment that the rope bridge leads to. Its a fun, obstacle-style course!
The slippery dip and flying fox aren’t as big as they used to be, but still fast fun!
Adults will have just as much fun on the giant swing and rope swing!
Take a wander through the huge wooden maze, with its high walls, secret doorways and little playground hidden inside!
Lots of traditional play equipment is on offer throughout the park, which is suitable for toddlers through to older children and adults, and has a variety of surfaces underfoot (bark, soft rubber and sand). The perimeter of the adventure park is fenced, however there is no gate at the entrance.
A liberty swing is located in the middle of the park, and is accessed via a paved path.
Paddle Steamer Monash was built to be utilised as a kiosk serving snacks and drinks to visitors, but unfortunately wasn’t viable and is now closed. It’s still great to walk around and look at, however be watchful of little ones as there are unfenced sections of shallow water nearby.
A lovely creek meanders through the park, and our boys had just as much fun playing here than on the equipment!
Monash even has a mini basketball court!
There’s free electric barbecues and picnic facilities, and a large carpark at the entrance.
What we loved:
- Free entry and large carparking
- So much space!
- Lots of green grass to run around and picnic on
- Huge variety of play equipment – the kids won’t get bored here
- Fabulous place to burn some energy if you are on a road trip (like we were!)
- Electric BBQ’s
- Numerous picnic tables
- Bench seating
- Rubbish bins
- Large carpark
Things to consider:
- Gold coin donations are appreciated upon entry (or exit) to the park
- No dogs are allowed in the park
- No bikes are allowed in the park
- There are areas of unfenced, shallow water in the park, particularly around the PS Monash boat. Keep an eye on inquisitive children at all times
- The PS Monash paddle steamer used to be a kiosk, but is no longer open. Bring all drinks and snacks along with you
- There is no shade over the play equipment- bring hats and sunscreen
- The perimeter of the park is fenced, however there is no gate at the main entrance
Madison Avenue, Monash (approximately 230kms from Adelaide)
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Berri Barmera Council website
What: Monash Adventure Park
When: 10am – 5pm daily
Where: Madison Avenue, Monash
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.
Image Source: All photos by Katrina Gogel
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