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With a build-up of warmer, longer days, spring is a great season to get the kids into the outdoors. From golf clinics to nature trails, we’ve rounded up some walking activities to keep them active and entertained, in and out of the school holidays.

Go for a hole in one

Fresh air and exercise; a digital detox; the chance to make new friends. Playing golf has many benefits and the city-based North Adelaide Golf Course is a top place to introduce kids to the game.

During the spring school holidays, children aged seven to seventeen who are keen to give the game a go can book into the My Golf program. The program is split into Rookies (Tuesdays 1 and 8 October 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm), and Stars on Thursday 3 October 2019 (1:00 pm to 3:00pm).

When school returns for Term Four, the My Golf Coaching Program has options for kids in the same age range which include:

  • Rookie classes (x 10) for first-timers – Thursdays from 17 October 2019;
  • Star classes (x 10) to refine skills – Saturdays from 19 October 2019.

For younger kids, four to nine, there’s a My Golf SNAG (Starting New at Golf) program running in the holidays on the Par 3 Course on Thursday 10 October 2019 (9:30 am to 10:30 am). In Term Four, My Golf – SNAG classes (x 5) run Sundays from 27 October 2019.

For class costs and to book, visit northadelaidegolf.com.au

If your kids are a little older and more experienced, the North and South Courses open daily from 6:00 am through spring for casual games, closing at 5:30 pm in September, 7:00 pm in October and 7:30 pm in November.

Be a trailblazer

Grab the kids, put the pooch on a lead and set off on a family stroll along one of Council’s self-guided nature walks through the Adelaide Park Lands. The Grasslands and Chequered Copper Butterfly Trail is open from 28 September 2019 and the Bunyip Trail is open year round (times vary - see below*) - but be aware of safety as water levels rise with heavy rain and can flood the trail. 

Be prepared before you set out: BYO water, wear sunscreen, dress for the elements (long pants/shirts, a hat) and put on your walking shoes to comfortably enjoy these unpaved adventure trails. Remember to respect these beautiful environments and the wildlife they support by staying out of any waterways you discover along the way.

Shining a spotlight on the biodiversity value of Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Park 16), this path showcases a protected area of remnant grasses and flowering plants that once extended throughout the South Park Lands – where you might spot the rare Chequered Copper Butterfly (Lucia limbaria).

After not being seen on the Adelaide Plains in over 50 years, the Chequered Copper Butterfly was discovered in this section of the park in 2011. Why here? Well, to exist, this butterfly needs the Rainbow Ant (Iridomyrmex rufoniger) and the Native Sorrell plant (Oxalis perennans) – and both can be found here. The caterpillar eats the Native Sorrel, and once full, the ants take the caterpillar into their nest underground, where it exudes a sugary substance that provides food for the ants. Another wonder of nature!

To make the most of your trail experience, be sure to check out the interpretive trail markers which will be on display until mid-November. These can be accompanied by an activity booklet – available in hard copy for collection from the Customer Centre (25 Pirie St, Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5 pm), SA Museum or cafes nearby in Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (The Stables, Commissary, Velo) – or download the booklet here.

Chequered Copper Butterfly


The trail takes its name from the children’s tale, The Bunyip of Berkley’s Creek, and kids can do activities relating to the book as they travel along. The activity booklet is free and a great way to introduce kids to the varied flora and fauna, from butterflies to birds, still thriving within this native River Red Gum Woodland ecosystem.

*The Bunyip Trail is officially open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, October to March, and closes at 5:30 pm between April and September.

Download your Bunyip Trail Activity Booklet and discover more about these trails and others exploring biodiversity sites in the Park Lands.

Bunyip trail sign close up


Discover more about these trails and other ways to understand and experience biodiversity sites in the Park Lands.

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Skye Murtagh

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