Kids can do cellar doors and eateries, but you got to be fair on the little squirts and give them some playtime.

Playgrounds seem to release endorphins that create pure happiness in kids so why not do the following: cellar door, playground, cellar door, picnic, cellar door, playground? Fair trade, right? Well, I’ve become a subject matter expert on playgrounds since the birth of my two little ones so here are my top playgrounds you should consider when coming to the Clare Valley.


Apex Park - Clare

This one caters for young and older kids with a playground, covered shelter with BBQ, plenty of picnic tables and a skate park (bring your bike). It’s also located along the Hutt River, not exactly gushing with water at the best of times, but is a big open grassed area with well-established trees, perfect for a picnic and a bit of nature play


Burra Playground

This is an awesome playground with an adjacent lake and a linear park along the Burra Creek. There are toilets, picnic tables and even a little fountain which runs water into the lake. It’s right in the middle of town surrounded by heritage buildings which makes it truly special. The wildlife will also love you too with lots of ducks to keep the kids entertained. Grab a Cornish pasty and soak in the atmosphere of this lovely park and town.


Richardson Park – Sevenhill

I personally love this park. Great for young and old, located in between Sevenhill Cellars and the Sevenhill Hotel with the Riesling Trail just next door, Richardson Park has great equipment but also a nature play theme to it. There are picnic tables, shelter and the best flying fox going around. I may have been on it a few times.


Melrose Park – Clare

Clare has its share of good parks but there’s not many with a model railway as part of it! Operating on weekends, the Clare Valley Model Engineers have a railway with over 1 km of track that features several bridges and a tunnel in the 10-hectare park. The park includes a large lake, playground a BMX bike track and walking paths. Much more than a playground (which is also good by the way), the park also connects to the nearby Gleeson Wetlands which is like a giant nature play area as well. 


This article was written by a local dad, Andrew Christiansen.