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Published August 25th 2017
A brand new nature playground coming soon at Morialta
Brand new playground at Morialta!
For over a hundred years Morialta Conservation Park has been a haven for Adelaide families who come to picnic and see the waterfalls. Keen hikers hike the beautiful trails scattered throughout the gorge and it's a mecca for local rock climbers.
National Parks South Australia is spending almost a million dollars on a brand-new playground featuring four themed nature play zones to explore, right in the heart of one of Adelaide's favorite picnic grounds on Stradbroke Road. The playground is designed and built by Climbing Tree, based on designs submitted by Linden Park Primary School in a Minecraft based design competition.
Kids can explore the Birds Nest area and the collection of "birds' nests" at different heights. At 'Frog Island' they'll discover an Aboriginal fire pit, animal carvings and cross a creek on stepping stones. Other zones include Great Snake and Eagles Perch. There are giant climbing boulders and the giant slide looks like it's going to be a hit.
Morialta's new playground taking shape.
More BBQ's are being added, along with extra picnic tables and chairs to add to the already existing picnic shelters. There are toilets nearby already. Sixth Creek flows clear and free nearby, providing more opportunities for rock hopping and real nature play in the gentle creek bed. This is going to be the perfect place to bring large groups with children for picnics through spring and summer.
The walk along Sixth Creek to the park trailhead and then the first falls is an easy wheelchair accessible hike. Some days I've seen a dozen koalas high in the trees within an hour walking to the falls and back.
SIxth Creek, Morialta.
It was due for completion in August 2017 but it looks like some-time in late spring now. The playground at Cobbler Creek was a huge step forward in engaging families with National Parks in South Australia. We can't wait for this one to open.