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Jungle in Willunga

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by Samantha Jeffree (subscribe)
I'm a mum, writer, art lover and book lover. I have lived in the southern suburbs of Adelaide all my life and love where I live! Follow me on Instagram @sammyjeffree
Published December 6th 2019
Buy some plants and go exploring
I have driven past the sign for Jungle in Willunga many times but have never actually stopped and visited.

When my friend invited me to visit the nursery, I was happy to go but unclear what exactly it was; the easiest way to describe it is fun.

Pulling up the gravel driveway with tropical plants to the left, I followed the road and parked in the car park and was immediately impressed with the range of plants available and I wasn't even inside yet.

We went to Jungle ,n Willunga with two three-year-olds and a one-year-old and honestly, we all had a nice time.

The lady working there was friendly and welcoming and explained that the nursery was in one direction and the 'jungle' part of the property was in the other direction. She gave the kids a clipboard with a printout showing the animals they can find on the property and kindly talked to my water obsessed son about the water feature on display.

Wandering through the nursery was relaxing and the plants were amazing. They were healthy and diverse and it was hard not to leave with a boot full of goodies.

If you visit, make sure you have a walk through the fairy garden; looking for little fairies and houses in the undergrowth and the trees is a very fun way to spend some time.

Leaving the nursery part, we followed the signs to the jungle section of the property, put our gold coin donations in the box at the entrance and went exploring. Along the way, we found all sorts of animals (large and small statues) including monkeys, zebras, a giraffe and sun bears. It was exciting and entertaining for the adults as well as the children and the shady, tropical plants surrounding us kept us cool and relaxed.

Jungle in Willunga, Nursery Willunga, Plant Shop Willunga
Jungle in Willunga, Nursery Willunga, Plant Shop Willunga

Following along the well-maintained paths, we came upon an area where children and adults alike can play on the hand-crocheted hammocks. For those not interested in climbing (or completely uncoordinated like me!), this is a nice spot to stop and relax and just take it all in.

The area was small enough to wander with young children without them getting too tired but intricate enough to keep them entertained as we wandered.

And to parents of toddlers, don't worry, there is a well-maintained toilet nearby.

Upon completion of the jungle, we headed back to the nursery, gave the lady back the clipboards and the children were given a butterfly sticker each.

As well as all this, the nursery is well stocked with a huge range of beautiful pots in different colours and styles as well as garden ornaments and even gumboots.

The staff were very kind and I don't doubt they would be more than happy to help you with any plant-related queries you might have.

Whether you're visiting the area or you're a local looking to be a tourist in your own backyard, head to Jungle In Willunga and go exploring. Be warned though, we were there for a couple of hours. I guess it's true what they say. Time really does fly when you're having fun!

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Why? To buy some beautiful plants and go adventuring.
When: Open 7 days from 10am to 4pm
Phone: 08 8556 2818
Where: 175 Main Road, Willunga SA 5172
Cost: Jungle part $2 per adult and $1 per child
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