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Fortunately the helpful folk at Nature Play SA have come to the rescue with a range of organised nature play activities - educational and fun things to do outdoors. During March these activities are centred upon the Hallett Cove Conservation Park, a ruggedly spectacular coastal park south of Adelaide.
Hallett Cove was originally named after a man who stumbled across it while searching for lost sheep. Later it was used by smugglers before a copper mine was established in 1897. Today it is a world renown heritage place.
The Hallett Cove Conservation Park is one of Australia's premier geological and archaeological sites, containing many Aboriginal artefacts, and unusual geological formations formed over a very long time period. The Glacier Hike is one of the walking trails which meanders through the park, with many interpretive signs to explain the sights.
As you wander along the walking trails you may well spot native wildlife too - lizards, sea birds and flighty coastal birds will occasionally peer at passing people. It is fascinating to explore the park, but this month Nature Play SA has given us even more reasons to visit.
Explore, Discover & Create - March 8, 15, 22, 29 A marquee tent set up beneath Black Cliff will be the focus for exciting activities for kids and their families. Perform hands on geological experiments, develop their imagination with beach creations, and challenge their intellect as beach detectives. These are all free things to do.
Reef Ramble & Beachcombing for Families - March 8 Take a short free guided tour to explore the beach, but please remember that bookings are essential for this.
A walk through geological time - March 15 Learn about the geology at Hallett Cove Conservation Park with an tour along the walking trails accompanied by renowned geological expert Bob Majors. This is a free event but bookings are essential.
Everybody loves a stunning sunset , and the rugged hills at Hallett Cove look particularly attractive in the dying glow of the setting sun. Another free event, but you must book early as numbers are limited.
Guided Coastal Nature walk - March 29 Let an expert help you find the native wildlife and plants as you explore the coastal park. Perhaps you can help identify the little feathered friend in my photo? Another of the free things to do, no booking is required.
The Boatshed Cafe at the Start of the Walking Trails
For more information about any of these free events, follow the not-for-profit Nature Play SA on Facebook. They have many tips for fun activities for kids and toddlers, and nearly all are free. You can also find out how to book and take part on their website.
After you have exhausted the free things to do, why not give yourself and the kids a rewarding time at the Boatshed Cafe? They offer everything from comfort food breakfasts to wood fired oven pizzas, or you can settle for munching on one of their bakery treats. It's a popular place so the food must be good.