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Kardi Yarta Adventure Playground

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by Laura Turner (subscribe)
Laura and her partner Sarah are two creative foodies out to discover enticing flavours and food ideas. When they aren't tucking into their latest delicious find, they're writing, photographing and designing at www.sarahlauradesign.com
Published September 24th 2014
An adventure playground for kids of all abilities
'Kardi Yarta', or 'Emu Country' in the Kaurna language, is an outdoor adventure playground which was opened in November 2013. It's located in Outer Harbor, northern Lefevre Peninsula, on the corner of Victoria Road and Pelican Point Road, and is very popular with families on the weekend. It's in a great location, just 5 minutes from the beach for those wanting to make a full day of it. It's also much closer than St Kilda, and not as busy. So you can be guaranteed a car park and plenty of great play options for the kids.

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Emu art installation at Kardi Yarta or 'Emu Country' in Kaurna language


The playground was built as part of a $5 million project by Defence SA and Renewal SA to improve parks on the peninsula. The design was inspired by the Aboriginal Dreamtime and its aim was to embrace and communicate Aboriginal dreaming stories significant to the Peninsula.

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Climbing ropes at Kardi Yarta


Input was sought from students at nearby North Haven Primary School, who worked together to draw and write about their favourite equipment to include. They desired to make the whole playground accessible for people in wheelchairs. Wide paths link each area of the playground and are certainly certainly a key feature, making it an inclusive place for people of all abilities.

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Wide paths link the entire playground making it wheelchair accessible throughout


The flying fox was designed specially so that it can be used by kids with disabilities. No matter who you bring, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

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Special flying fox for children of all abilities


There are a few points of difference with this playground. Firstly the space - there is so much room for kids and parents alike to explore; play through learning outcomes are high from both the equipment, sporting facilities and adventure trail options; the equipment includes the ever so popular flying fox, climbing ropes, swings, and slides for kids of all ages, as well as plenty of places to set up a picnic and stay the day.

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Lots of BBQ and picnic areas are scattered throughout the playground for everyone to enjoy



The popular play equipment is scattered amongst trees and open grassy areas. Decorative elements in stone and wood provide a very natural atmosphere to the play space which is an excellent area for kids to explore.

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What the kids wanted, they got!


A series of art installations border the eastern side of the playground encouraging kids to explore and learn about how the Kardi are connected to the land and the Kaurna people. Kardi footprints lead intrepid explorers to a specific area where kids can learn how to play traditional games played by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids.

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Story wall art installation - These walls are carefully positioned to line up with significant features of the Kaurna landscape


'Kardi Yarta' was named after the large population of emus which lived in the area before it was developed. We acknowledge the Kaurna people who are the traditional owners of Adelaide Plains and respect their spiritual relationship with their country.

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Play equipment is lots of fun for the kids to explore!


Play Equipment includes:
Tread Chimes
Lion Roarer
Flying Fox
Net Mountain
Quad Swing
Big Swing
Big Foot Slide
Basketball Tower
Double Rocker
Solo Drum
Jumbo Flexi Sway
Spiral Spinner
Rockers
Switch Swing Donut
Embankment Slide
Spinner Bowl
Rubber Eggs

Convenient car park and toilet facilities adjacent to the playground


Other Convenient Features:
Car park
Bus stop within 10 minute walk
Integrated bike path and bike racks
- Artwork and interpretive signage
- Toilets
- Picnic/BBQ Areas
- 'Emu' rest shelters
- Wheelchair friendly
- Grassed areas for games
- Basketball court
- Amphitheatre for community events

View a map showing location of the playground.
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Why? An adventure playground for kids of all abilities
When: 7 Days
Where: Corner of Victoria Road and Pelican Point Road, Outer Harbor
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Do you list dog friendly businesses, cafes etc as we like to take our cavoodle with us and grandchildren on days out, also public toilets are important to include.
Thank you
by rsfre (score: 0|3) 1510 days ago
It is a long way away, but certainly looks worth a visit if we are in the area.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4055) 1513 days ago
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