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Moana Park

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
Food and words.
Published August 15th 2011
Moana Park sits right on the beachfront, and makes it easy to enjoy both the sea and sand, and the playground on a day at the beach. It has good facilities, and plenty of space, and is a popular spot for families on the weekend, especially when the mercury starts to rise.

There large green lawn at Moana Park is perfect for playing ball games, and you'll often find a few kids using the space to kick a footy on the weekend. You could easily set up a friendly game of soccer, or just let the kids run around the space placing tag or cops and robbers. The park is also surrounded by a path, that great for bike riding. Just be aware that there is lots of foot traffic on the path so make sure there are no collisions.

In the mid 2000s the park was redeveloped and its playground was pulled down, this was replaced with a new playground closer to the beach front. While the new playground looks better, it unfortunately is a little bit strange. Without any traditional climbing frames, stairs, or platforms, it might be interesting to older children but is just lost on toddlers. There are no real slides, and nothing that unsteady younger children can really use. Thankfully there are still swings, but the playground is probably not something that every child will be able to enjoy.

The strange playground

The lush green grass at the park makes it a really lovely place to picnic. Especially with the sound of the waves crashing in the background. You can pull up a picnic blanket and enjoy some lunch on the grass, or you can use the undercover picnic tables. There are barbecues at the park as well, so that you can also enjoy a yummy cooked lunch. If you'd prefer to enjoy some fish and chips then the park is right across from Deep Blue Cafe, which can serve you up some tasty food.

The beach location means that you can enjoy other facilities while at the park, including public toilets and a pay phone. The park also sits right next to the Moana Surf Life Saving Club, where there is a bar inside the clubrooms and events are sometimes held. It is a great park for enjoying the outdoors, but it could have a playground that was better suited to all children.

For more parks and reserves in the area check out the Onkaparinga City Council Website.
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Why? Barbecue by the Beach
When: Anytime
Where: Nashwauk Cres, Moana
Cost: Free
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