Point Malcolm Reserve Playground | Semaphore Park | Review

Point Malcolm Reserve Playground in Semaphore Park

Review by Claire Davill

Upgraded in 2017, Point Malcolm Reserve is a huge space with multiple playground areas, basketball and tennis courts, picnic areas and there’s a wonderful beach just over the dunes.

Point Malcolm Reserve is located between Military Road and the beach at Semaphore Park, just south of Fort Glanville and the Adelaide Beachfront Caravan Park. There is some parking along Recreation Parade at the southern end of the reserve, and a huge car park at the northern end at the Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club. There are toilets accessible at the surf life saving club building.

The most prominent part of the playground are the huge climbing towers connected by a net bridge at the southern end. This is where you want to head with older kids, there are challenging rope climbs and a huge, very steep tube slide.


At this end of the reserve there are also swings with long chains for extra big swinging, and a great double flying fox for races. The flying fox doesn’t run too fast and there are good springs at the end so the kids don’t come to a sudden stop.

There’s very little shade here, but head past the tennis courts to find shaded playground equipment suitable for smaller kids. There’s plenty here – mini trampolines, an accessible merry go round, xylophones to play and lots of things to climb and slide on.

The play equipment here has a nautical theme with a mini crows nest and portholes in the equipment. There’s also a small water play area and a small sand pit. Two basket swings and toddler swings add to the fun.

There’s another big climbing frame here too – and lots of shaded places to sit or have a picnic. The basketball and tennis courts are nearby.

On the other side of the courts is a collection of exercise equipment with instructions. There are rings to hold onto and swing on here too!

When you’ve had enough of the playground, it’s a short walk past the sculpture poles and across the dunes to the beach. The pathway is at the northern end of the reserve near the surf life saving club, and there’s another path from Recreation Parade. The southern path also has a shower and taps for washing sand off your feet. If the tide is low, there will be a tidal pool and a sand bar to explore, and lots of seagulls and terns trying to catch fish caught in the tide pool


Military Road, Semaphore Park


Things to consider:

  • The playgrounds are not fenced. There are fences around most of the reserve, especially along Military Road and the sand dunes, but there are occasional open gates. All the playground equipment is far from the main road, but you’ll need to keep an eye on little ones.
  • Only some of the play equipment is shaded, so bring plenty of sunscreen and wide brimmed hats on sunny days.
  • Pack a picnic – there are lots of shady trees and picnic shelters to sit under, and several barbeques for use.
  • Base yourself near the northern end of the park if you want to avoid a long walk to the toilets.
  • Bring your beach gear and combine a visit to the playground with a beach visit.

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