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Published July 11th 2018
Try this family walk in pleasant surroundings up north
This is a great easy walk for families, especially those who may not have a car and want to enjoy an outing somewhere in the northern suburbs. The Playford Council have put in a lot of infrastructures in recent years for families to enjoy and there is plenty of space up in the northern suburbs to explore.
The Smith Creek Trail walk starts at Smithfield Station, so this is a good choice if you are coming from another area by train and would like to see a different part of Adelaide. Alight the train at Smithfield and look for the bitumen path beside the railway track heading north. It has a black fence beside the track. Follow this and you will see the signs along the way showing points of interest.
Alternately if you have a car you can start from the other end. This is the start from Stebonheath Park. The trail does have indicator markers to follow so you won't get lost. Image by Kat May.
This walk is great for kids to get outdoors to walk or use their scooter or bike and also for parents with a baby stroller. The trail goes through suburbia and then follows Smith Creek and into parkland. This walk is 3 kilometres return. And if you take a break at the playground and picnic area before returning, it makes an easy walk for over 5-year-olds. School-age kids can easily walk three kilometres.
Just follow the paved path on this easy suburban walking trail. Image by Kat May.
The sealed path passes by some housing in Andrews Farm, then some wetlands and along the Smith Creek to finally arrive at Steboneath Park.
Here you will find marvellous facilities which you can read more about on the link. Stop for a while, enjoy your lunch or a snack and burn off some energy on the play equipment. There are lots of activities with at this playground and mucking about in the creek for kids to do. There are toilets, BBQs and picnic tables with shelters.
Kids will enjoy following the route on this fun trail which has a few surprises along the way. Image by Kat May.
Steboneath Park is at the end of the Smith Creek Trail. Image by Kat May
On the way back, you can detour to stop off at the Playford Alive Shopping Centre on Curtis Road. If you want lunch or afternoon tea, you can take a break at the delightful Enchanted Cafe in the shopping centre. There is also a Woolworths supermarket here. You will see the shops in the distance to your north while on the walk. But this detour will make the walk a little longer.
I recommend the Smith Creek Trail as a great walk for families because there are things of interest to see along the way and the reward of a fun playground at the end. The walk is also away from busy traffic and you can breathe the fresh air. Most of the walk is in parklands once you leave the housing. Dogs would also enjoy this walk and there is a dog park near the Stebonheath Park end.