Kardi Yarta Adventure Playground

Kardi Yarta Adventure Playground

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Posted 2014-09-25 by Wandering Foodiesfollow
'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.



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.



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.



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.



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.


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.



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.



'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.



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



  • 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

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    #near_adelaide
    #north_haven
    #outdoor
    #outer_harbor
    #picnic_spots
    #playgrounds
    #western_suburbs
    %wnadelaide
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