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by Meagan Sewell (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Published June 7th 2012
The Carisbrooke Reserve is located in Salisbury about a half hours drive North of central Adelaide. It is separated by the Little Para River that cuts through other surrounding Salisbury parklands. Boundary Park is across from Carisbrooke Reserve with both, Harry Bowey and Jenkins Reserve's slightly further up stream. The main attraction around these parklands would be the Carisbrooke Park with large open spaces of grasslands, playgrounds and other park facilities of interest to the general public.
Carisbrooke Park
Gum trees along the Little Para River

There are two entries into Carisbrooke Reserve with plenty of parking space. Both entrances are off Main North Road, the first leading into a shaded car park and the second into Boundary Park where you can then walk across a footbridge into Carisbrooke Park. The area is quite scenic, native gum trees border the Little Para River with the greenery of the grasslands and other native surroundings.
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Native scenery along the walking trails

At the reserve you can take some time out to stroll down one of the many Little Para Trails, there are well over 5kms of trails to stroll, ride or walk along with your dogs. Along each trail you are tucked away from the busy highways and the noise, instead listen to the birdlife and get a plentiful mixture of sun and shade. Doggie 'doo-doo' disposal bags are also freely available at the start and during the trails. Your furry friends are most welcome so long as they remain on a leash. If you see yourself at Carisbrooke Park between the hours of 6.30PM and 8.00AM however, you may let your pet off the leash so long as they are still supervised.
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Walking trails at Carisbrooke Park

Carisbrooke Reserve has three main shaded playground areas that offer a variety of play equipment for children to enjoy with multiple swings, slides and climbing equipment. Large cloth shades cover the playground areas protecting people from the sun, close to the playground are other shaded areas including a large undercover entertainment area. You can also locate yourself under one of the large trees for a picnic, the reserve could be a fun outing during summer with multiple sun protection areas. Close by the playground are the public toilets undercover area and a two joined BBQ unit for visitors convenience.
Carisbrooke Park
Shaded playground, good for use during warmer seasons

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Young childrens swing with hollow tree feature in background

This reserve is the perfect spot for a hit of cricket or to get out and kick the footy with friends. It seems to be a popular spot for recreational and outdoor activity due to its open landscape and the convenience of its location. At Carisbrooke Park, you have no problems with space or shade, there are plenty of both, picnic spots and stretched out grasslands for everyone to be able to move freely. There is an undercover kitchen/canteen and entertainment area available on site, however there is a small fee involved if you will be requiring these facilities, for more information, please visit here.
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Canteen and undercover enertainment area

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BBQ area for visitor use

Relaxing at Carisbrooke Reserve or enjoying the recreational side will please anyone. With the company of family, friends or if your entertaining a certain age group you will be able to enjoy a couple of hours at the reserve. Pack a picnic lunch, go for a stroll, take a seat and sip on a coffee in the shade, bring all your sporting needs or just have fun on the large playground. There is something at Carisbrooke Reserve for everyone.
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Carisbrooke Reserve open spaces for recreational activity

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Why? Everyone needs a place they can escape to with the family
When: Anytime
Where: Main North Road, Salisbury Park SA 5109
Cost: Absolutely free, unless you require the use of the kitchen/canteen
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