|The unofficial gateway to St Kilda|
|Just to think that I’ve only ever been here once|
|However it is not at the end of the jetty|
and a marina:
|There even seems to be a few yachts here|
As my dad once said, in Australia a town is not a town unless there is a pub (and he was referring to St Kilda when he said that).
|Unfortunately I don’t believe this is a live band venue|
They even have a tram that runs every half hour on Sundays and Public Holidays (though they are restored trams from the St Kilda Tramway Museum).
However, the major draw card for this part of Adelaide has to be the adventure playground (so it even has an amusement park – however this one is free). I came here not only as a kid, but also as an adult, though unfortunately the playground was been made ‘safer’ so that the parents of injured children are less likely to be able to sue to council. Despite that, many of the attractions still remain such as the maze:
|Though this is a lot different to the one I used to run around inside|
|Those slides get really hot|
Though they have since closed off the slide that spirals down the inside, which is a real shame because, once again, they seem to kill off all the really fun things.
They also have a pirate ship:
|At least they haven’t killed this|
However, the one piece of equipment that I can never forget is the medieval castle, which is just up the hill from the pirate ship to create a really cool combination.
|The rear of the castle|
|The front of the castle|
The castle has everything, including three slides, two flying foxes, lots of ladders to climb, and even secret tunnels underneath that allow you to escape in the event of a siege (there is even one that heads in the direction of the pirate ship, however since the ship has a massive hole in the hull I don’t think it is going anywhere).
However, if you are planning on coming down here for a swim in the ocean I do have a little bad news for you – the beach of non-existent. When the tide is in the water comes right up to the sea wall, and when it goes out, it goes a long way out and there is an awful lot of mud between the sea wall and the water, so, unlike Melbourne’s St Kilda, this one is not a place to escape to on a hot day for a swim at the beach.
|I don’t think anybody is going to be swimming here|
However, what they do have is a mangrove trail, however I’ve unfortunately never wandered through there, and when I came down here recently to visit the tram museum by the time we got around to visiting the mangrove swamp we were told that we only had 20 minutes to walk around the marina and then go for a wander through there.
Despite the lack of a beach, this place, if only for the adventure playground, has provided us (and many others) with hours of enjoyment through our lives.
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