Look no further than the Jubilee Playground on Saltfleet Street in Onkaparinga. As you pull up in the car park or arrive from the footpath, you can't help but notice the large wooden castle, complete with turrets and bridges, the only thing missing is a moat. The castle is just a small sample of the fun and activity of on offer in the adventure playground area that was built by the local community and maintained by the City of Onkaparinga Council.
There plenty of room for everyone at the Jubilee Adventure Playground. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
The adventure playground is a busy place, alive with laughter and chatter, as children climb, run, hide and explore in what has to be one of Adelaide's best playground areas. Your little ones can safely play in the fenced off play area, which is complete with a child proof gate. The huge wooden structure, suitable for kids of all ages, has multiple levels and a separate area for two to five year olds with smaller play equipment and games.
Young pirates will enjoy playing in the wooden ship docked at the side of the castle and budding fire fighters can start their career path in the bright red fire truck in the play area. Adventure is all around in the park with swings, slides, monkey bars, ladders and boardwalks inside the fenced area and closer to the picnic area.
The giraffe overlooks all the fun at the Jubilee Adventure Playground. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Overlooking the Onkaparinga River and the Port Noarlunga Sand Dunes, the playground area provides lots to see, with a variety of birds and ducks visiting the park, kayakers paddling along the river and a giant giraffe at the front of the playground towering over kids and adults, as it surveys the fun and games going on all around. With large grassed areas, there is plenty of room for little feet to run around and play games.
Tempting as it might be to climb to the top of the castle and sing "We are the Champions" or release your inner pirate, the grown-ups will have to be happy with the BBQ facilities and sheltered picnic areas that make this an ideal place for a family day out or a birthday party with a difference. Toilet facilities are on site, so there is no need to rush off. The family dog will have to stay home, as dogs aren't allowed in the playground area. The only thing this playground lacks is a coffee shop, but there are several nearby, so be sure to grab one on the way.
One of the more colourful shelters in the Adventure Playground area. photo: Hazel Cochrane