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Belair National Park is one of our city's favourite parks, and the adventure playground in the park is one of the main attractions for families with children.
The park is about 13km south of Adelaide, and has plenty of things to do for people of all ages - tennis courts, sports grounds, mountain bike and walking trails, free barbeques and picnic shelters. You can find out more about Belair National Park here.
But the adventure playground is a fantastic magnet for kids. A huge wooden fort big enough for lots of children is one of the more unusual things - it is a something similar to what you can find at the St Kilda Adventure Playground.
A playground in the suburbs has play equipment which combines several things into one structure, but the multi-purpose play equipment at Belair is rather larger than in most playgrounds, with one climbing frame linking to another in a long chain.
If the play equipment loses its appeal after a while, there are plenty of natural attractions to keep children active for hours. A huge tree with low hanging branches was full of children happily climbing its limbs as I walked by.
Other kids preferred to play hide and seek in a large hollowed out old gum tree.
Belair National Park in Adelaide's foothills has plenty of amenities to make it worth spending the day there. Car parking is conveniently close to the adventure playground, while clean and modern shelters let you get out of the sun for a while to enjoy a meal.
If you would rather not cook, on weekends a food truck sells hot and cold drinks, and food such as hot dogs, chips and donuts. Of course ice cream is available too for well behaved youngsters. Just remember that on weekdays you need to bring your own food, or you will have to leave the park to obtain some.
The toilets are also clean and modern, and suitable for disabled people. Dogs are permitted in the park, but must be kept on lead at all times.
Bringing a vehicle into Belair National Park will cost a few dollars, as will hiring facilities such as tennis courts or ovals. But the price is modest compared to the enjoyment it will bring for you and the children.