Victoria Square, Kadina. Is this Yorke Peninsula’s best playground?
by Katrina Gogel
If you find yourself visiting the top of the Yorke Peninsula anytime soon be sure to make a pit stop at the Copper Coast town of Kadina, and visit the wonderful Victoria Square.
A green oasis in the heart of town, Victoria Square celebrates the history of the town with a war memorial and historic rotunda, and boasts a fabulous playground, grand old steam train, and the brand-new Walk in the Trees attraction.
After a long drive, it’s the perfect place to take a break and stretch the legs!
Walk in the Trees
Walk in the Trees is an elevated adventure playground that allows children to play amongst the treetops in a safe, yet exciting setting. Recently opened in December 2018, this wonderful addition complements the existing playground as well as the Apex Express train centrepiece.
It’s an impressive and exciting sight. My two boys bolted towards the gigantic structure the moment I stopped the car.
Standing at approximately nine meters tall, Walk in the Trees features two towers – one with a huge climbing net and the other with a steep, twisty slide. An enclosed swinging bridge in the middle connects the two towers together.
And while it looks like epic fun, unfortunately the climbing net proved too high and difficult for my youngsters. Master three bowed out after only thirty seconds of climbing (which I predicted would be the case as he’s quite young) and Master six managed to scale half way up before declaring it too scary.
Master six did however manage to find an easier way to reach the top, by climbing UP the slide. Not one to normally condone the climbing of slippery dips, I allowed him to tentatively explore the swinging bridge and towers in the hope it might encourage him to give the climbing net another go… but to no avail.
Walk in the Trees is a wonderful attraction to Kadina, though its grand scale is not for the faint hearted and is more suited to older children and adults.
“All Aboard!” the Apex Express train
If your kids (or you!) love trains, be sure to hop aboard the Apex Express.
The Apex Express has long been the centrepiece to Victoria Square, after the old steam locomotive was withdrawn from service in 1967 and later plinthed in the Square. With an access ramp as well as stairs, climbing aboard is easy.
Little ones are sure to have fun running around in the old coal tender, and will enjoy sitting at the helm pretending to be a train driver.
The fully enclosed and shaded playground in Victoria Square offers a variety of play equipment for everyone.
With a sandy base, plus many ramps and easy-climb stairs, toddlers in particular will enjoy playing here.
Some of the equipment on offer includes:
- Slides (I counted at least seven)
- Fireman poles
- Climbing rungs
- Climbing dome
- Monkey bars
- Noughts and Crosses panel
An “Access for All” ramp section is a wonderful addition, making this playground wheelchair accessible.
Just outside of the fenced play area, and close by the steam train and toilets is a fantastic round structure with five swings. This piece of equipment would make for great fun with a group of friends!
Things we liked about Victoria Square, Kadina
- Families will enjoy exploring the beautiful grounds
- Lots of green grass to run around on, and shady trees to relax under
- Its central location! Go for a wander to the nearby shops or cafes after having a play
- Plenty of car parking on offer
- Toilets (recently upgraded with disabled access and baby changing facilities)
- Multiple BBQ shelters
- Picnic tables and park benches
- Rubbish bins
Things to Consider
- The playground is the only fenced area in Victoria Square
- Walk in the Trees is not suitable for young children, or children scared of heights
- The playground and Walk in the Trees are a good distance apart
Things to See and Do on Yorke Peninsula’s Copper Coast
- Call in to The Farm Shed Museum & Tourism Centre in Kadina
- Have fun at the Copper Coast Indoor Play Centre in Kadina
- Visit the FREE Splashtown at Moonta Bay (more information here)
- Hop on board the Moonta Mines Tourist Railway – its informative and lots of fun
- Swim at one of the kid-friendly beaches in Wallaroo, Moonta Bay or Port Hughes
Graves Street, Kadina (approx. 148 kilometres from Adelaide)
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Copper Coast Council website.
What: Victoria Square, Kadina
Where: Graves Street, Kadina
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Image Source: All photos by Katrina Gogel
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