Are you travelling with your family to Adelaide? You'll find a whole host of fun activities that will give your little ones the time of their life. Here are some things that you can get up to in the big city:
Head to Goolwa Animal Farm
Family owned and operated, this farm is an ideal place to pack up your loved ones and get a real-life farm experience. If you live in a city and haven't spent much time in the country, this is a great opportunity for your kids to make furry friends and see what it's like to work and live in a rural area.
Some of the animals you'll encounter include emus, goats, chickens, lambs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Seize the unique chance to get in the enclosure with these friendly animals, feed them and pet them. A few of the animals here are survivors, having had a rocky start to life, but with the help of the farmers, are now thriving and healthy.
There is a tractor driven train with wide open windows that will take you around the paddocks – see who can spot the most kangaroos! And you can go on a pony ride with Pixie, the gentle and amiable white horse.
When you want a break from the animals, check out the playground. With materials such as blocks and chalk, your kids can let their imagination lead the way, creating castles and caves.
The location itself is stunning, rustic, peaceful and charming. You'll be positively immersed in a welcoming, picturesque and homey atmosphere.
To get to the farm, hire a car in the city and drive to Goolwa via the Alexandrina Road and National Highway M1. The journey takes about one hour and 20 minutes, and is a gorgeous scenic drive.
Visit some of the best playgrounds in the city
When you're holidaying with your family, sometimes you just need a place where you can have some down time while your kids expel some of that boundless energy. A park is a perfect place to do just this. There are some lovely green spaces in Adelaide, where your kids can play, you can relax in the sun, and later you can re-convene for a picnic lunch.
Glade Crescent Reserve and Playground is a fabulous place to visit. Just a short drive out of the city, it has everything you could possibly want from a park, with a flying fox, slides, a sand pit complete with dinosaur bones, balance beams, climbing blocks as well as a lovely grassy area, picnic tales and an amphitheatre. The birds nest swings are particularly popular. With a foam edge and netting centre, a small group of kids can get in at once, swinging till their heart's content.
The playground is on the top of the hill, while the reserve slopes down, creating a valley with a creek and lush foliage. It's sizeable and very picturesque – the perfect location to totally chill out with the people you love. Did you bring your dog on holiday? They're also welcome at this park, although you'll have to keep them away from the playground. If you have older kids who are keen on skating, the skate park is sure to excite them.
Recently the park and reserve have had an $800,000 upgrade, and the work really shows. It's located in Hallett Cove, just a short 30 minute drive out of the city.
Other fabulous parks in Adelaide include The Saint Kilda Adventure Playground and the Onkaparinga Adventure Playground, which are great places for exploration and really live up to their name. Be sure to also check out Bindarra Reserve and Hazelwood Park Playground.