Nature Play SA Park of the Month – May 2017
Our beautiful South Australian parks provide countless opportunities for children and families to connect with nature and to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of playing, learning and being physically active through bushwalking, camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, cycling, surfing and exploring.
Nature Play SA’s Park of the Month showcases a different park each month and encourages children and families to experience a range of landscapes, flora and fauna while taking part in fun nature based activities.
Shepherds Hill Recreation Park is a park that endures hot dry summers, but fills with new life every other season from fungi, frogs, moss, wildflowers and flowing creeks. It’s the type of park for family picnics, short bush walks, bike riding, cloud watching and walking with bare feet.
Although it’s close to the busy Main South Road, a short walk in sees the traffic noise disappear and the sounds of nature increase. It has bike trails for beginners and advanced riders and shared use trails that range from easy to challenging. Dogs can also be walked on a lead. There are creeks and puddles to explore and towering River Red Gums to wander beneath to the sounds of Lorikeets, Rosellas and Kookaburras. There are lots of places for picnics and gentle trails for families as well as more challenging treks for those seeking adventure.
Nature Play SA worked with the Rangers to get their insider knowledge about where to go and what to do in the Park across all four seasons. The 40 things to do in Shepherds Hill Recreation Park brochure includes ideas such as:
- strolling along the River Red Gum Loop
- spotting tadpoles and hearing a chorus of frogs along creek lines
- going in search of animal tracks and traces
- spotting colourful fungi
- testing out your training wheels at the Kids Zone or getting some air at The Bowl
- and many more things to discover and places to explore
To help your family make the most of your visit you can download the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park Kids Pack from the Nature Play SA website.
Park of the Month is an initiative between Nature Play SA and the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Nature Play SA website.
What: Shepherds Hill Recreation Park
When: May 2017
Where: Ayliffes Road (cnr Main South Road) St Marys
Who: All Ages
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Image: Jason Tyndall, Nature Play SA
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