A natural wonderland: Mukanthi Nature Playspace

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Mukanthi Playspace nest spaces

This award-winning South Australian playspace creates a seamless flow with its natural setting and gives little adventurers room to explore and stretch their imaginations.

Mukanthi Nature Playspace is just 10kms from the Adelaide CBD at the Morialta Conservation Park, but you’d swear you’re a million miles away from the city.


The team that designed the playspace wanted it to feel like a part of the surrounding natural bushland, and they did a magnificent job. More of a series of adventure areas rather than a playground, Mukanthi allows kids independent exploration and a chance to unleash their wild side.

Through collaboration with Kaurna elders and an Indigenous artist the playspace integrates Indigenous cultural narratives so that everyone who visits gains a deeper understanding of Indigenous heritage. The playspace is divided into five different play areas, or nodes, that are spread around the reserve.

South Australia Playspace Kookaburra Nest


Mukanthi-Nature Playspace red belly black snake

Mukanthi Nature Playspace South Australia

The Ngungana Wardli – Kookaburra’s Nest play area has three raised platforms, a pole, slide, swings and balancing ropes. The Ilya Wardli – Red Bellied Black Snake is a popular area with a snake-shaped tunnel and balancing logs.

Yultu Karta – Frog Island is an exploration area, where kids often create shelters from fallen branches. One of the crowning glories of the playspace is the Wirltu Wardli – Eagle’s Nest, which includes a giant nest, slide and climbing structure. Kanyapurtu – Full of Rocks has three structures to climb on, with hidden stone carvings.

Mukanthi Nature Playspace tunnel

Mukanthi Playspace Slide

If the kids need a quiet break from playspace fun, they can explore the neighbouring national park for a chance to spot some native wildlife.

Mukanthi Nature Playspace

Getting there: Stradbroke Road, Woodforde, SA 5072

  • Toilets and parking
  • Picnic/BBQ areas
  • Grassed area
  • Neighbouring national park

(Images via Peter Semple Landscape Architecture and Explore Adelaide)

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