A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published April 13th 2014
Adventure playground, mangroves trail and museum a great day
I remember coming to this special playground as a kid and have since been back with my own children, niece and nephew many a time.
The St Kilda Adventure Playground is just that, pure adventure when you are a child. St Kilda is a seaside town north of Adelaide and an easy drive up Pt Wakefield Road just past Waterloo Corner. Look up information on the area provided by Salisbury City Council here. Check the location on the map or punch it in to your GPS and keep an eye out for the signs on the left of the highway as you head north.
This award winning playground is full of large swings, carousels, slippery dips, see saws, wooden castle, a flying fox and more. The giant slide is accessible via wooden steps and when at the top you have the choice of the long undulating slide down (see picture) or the cork screw for the more brave.
The flying fox exits at the top of the wooden castle and is a great ride down on a zip wire past two or three different types of swings.
If you are a mum, dad, auntie, uncle, grandma or granddad there are seats and tables available to set up morning tea or to have that cuppa while the kids run around. There is heaps of parking, a large green space close by for even more running around and the area is open to all.
On the way there or on the way home take the opportunity to visit the Mangrove trail which is a raised walkway through the mangrove area of St Kilda. St Kilda is a world renowned bird watching area and over 100 species of bird live and breed in the area. Learn about the wonders of the mangroves, the ecological value of the area and the native animals and birds and their habitat. The walk starts at an interpretation centre and there are public toilets at the entrance area.
For a small seaside town St Kilda in South Australia has a lot to offer in a day trip a very short drive north of the city. Pack a picnic and a thermos full of hot coffee or tea, bring a piece of cardboard if you remember for extra slippery dip fun, and depending on the weather bring a sun hat, umbrella or raincoat for the Mangrove trails so that your walk is not spoilt by a change in the weather. If you are travelling to St Kilda especially for the Mangrove trails it may be best to ring in advance to check that they are open. The boardwalks are not often, though sometimes, closed for maintenance so it's best to check before leaving home.