Open Outdoor Spaces to Explore around Adelaide during COVID-19 Restrictions
We’ve always known we live in the lucky country here in Australia, but during times like the coronavirus pandemic affecting us all around the world, we should appreciate just how much open space we have to explore at a safe social distance from each other.
There are strict restrictions in place set by the Federal Government limiting the number of people who can gather in one place at one time, so it’s now more important than ever to find places to visit that are not too crowded and have enough open space to allow our kids to play outdoors. Getting some regular exercise will also help our mental health and overall wellness.
South Australia’s National Parks
SA parks are currently open for locals to visit, campgrounds and accommodation are all closed.
South Australia’s national parks are available for local people to visit their local park, as long as visitors follow all State and Federal Government COVID-19 guidelines. Cleland Wildlife Park will also remain open, along with the Adelaide Botanic and Wittunga Botanic Gardens (Mt Lofty Botanic Garden is closed).
However all campgrounds in SA parks have closed from Friday 27 March 2020, along with DEW-managed bookable accommodation. Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, Seal Bay, Naracoorte and Tantanoola Caves and Old Adelaide Gaol will be closed also in the interests of public health and safety.
If you arrive at any of these places and the car park is full and there are people everywhere, GO HOME.
You do not want to be walking at a park with narrow trails where you are constantly passing other people in close range. eg at places like Waterfall Gully or Morialta (to the second falls). If you see lots of cars parked there or can’t easily find a park you know there are too many people there. This is the same at the beach. We do not want to see the scene at Bondi Beach here. Any walk on the beach should only be done if you can stay a far distance from other people.
If you or a family member feel unwell, have been overseas or in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME.
Getting out into nature has never been so important and we have an abundance of natural parks and parklands around Adelaide and throughout South Australia. From gentle walks to hikes, there are trails to suit all ages and fitness levels.
Check out Walking SA’s 50 Great Walks and Hikes for Kids & Families in South Australia,
Watch the video below by the Department for Environment and Water:
Go for a bike ride
Bike riding is a fun activity to do as a family once you are all competent on two wheels! Go for a ride around your neighbourhood, along a bike path such as Linear Park along the River Torrens or try a BMX track, such as Kurrangga Park.
Visit a Botanic Garden
The outdoor spaces at Adelaide and Wittunga Botanic Gardens currently remain open (Mt Lofty is CLOSED).
Botanic Gardens SA believe that coming to a botanic garden and connecting with nature can have a calming effect in times of difficulty, and they hope the gardens will provide some respite for visitors in these unsettled times.
As a precautionary measure, they have suspended all education and public programs until the end of April 2020. This includes the Schools Education Program, masterclasses and workshops, Monster Theatres talks and tours, Botanica Lumina Program and the School Holiday Program.
South Australia is blessed with numerous pristine beaches to enjoy – go for a walk, take a frisbee or ball and spend some time breathing in the fresh sea air. If you feel like a drive why not take a day trip and head to one of our beautiful coastal regions, such as the Fleurieu Peninsula. Please remember the social distancing rules in place and restrictions on outdoor gatherings.
If you know of any other outdoor venues that are remaining open please let us know by commenting below or send us an email here.
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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