Puzzle Park Entrance Near Murray Bridge
Puzzle Park was an extremely popular Adelaide amusement park in the later years of the last century. On its better days it attracted 3,000 visitors.
3D Snakes and Ladders
While it would never compete with Disneyland or Gold Coast theme parks, its rides and other activities were loved by local children for years.
Climb the Ladders Then Slide Down
Despite being based near Murray Bridge, Puzzle Park drew large crowds to their varied attractions. But in the early years of the new century disaster struck. The public liability insurance crisis
changed our lives in many ways, and adventure parks were just some of the many casualties.
Rusting Slippery Dip
Part of the attraction of Puzzle Park was the high risk rides it offered - think of a massive ninety metre water slide, a flying fox, mechanical giraffe and horse, and Australia's largest maze with overhead walkways.
Part of the Puzzle Park Water Slide
Children and parents delighted in the range of activities, and the cost of non motorised rides was included in the admission charge.
The park opened in 1985 and operated until 2007, at which time insurance premiums were so excessive as to price the park out of operation. Since then the equipment has lain dormant, the scrub and nature slowly reclaiming what it once lost.
Puzzle Park Pool
A retirement village had been touted for the site a couple of years ago, but there was no sign of any building work yet. A different generation now explores puzzle park - the urban explorer or urbexer
Rocking Horse Ride
It is surprising how much of the original equipment remains. It's not hard to imagine the screams of children as they flew down the giant water slides, the music from the merry go round blaring, and the public address announcements about behaviour in the long empty pool.
Monster Maze with Overhead Walkways
The entrance probably looks much as it did while the fun park was at its peak, but that veneer of excitement and colour fades rapidly inside the disused grounds.
Table and Chairs
The shelter reminiscent of Derek Jolly's Futuro house in North Adelaide
will inevitably disappear, leaving only memories with those who still grow older.
Shelter Reminiscent of a Futuro House
Update 2014: Debbie Williams from Facebook group The Ghosts Within has filmed a video of Puzzle Park - watch it below.
Puzzle Park Merry Go Round