Parks & Playgrounds

The City of Unley’s parks and playgrounds are a relaxing meeting place for family and friends featuring play equipment, picnic tables, shelters and free push button electric BBQ’s.
A variety of recreation spaces means there is something for everyone - from active play and ball sports, to walking along picturesque linear reserves.
Download our parks and playground brochure or find a park using our search filter below.

Active Unley

Active Unley is Council’s new health and wellbeing initiative aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles while providing opportunities for the community to get outdoors and participate in physical activity.

Active Unley Logo

We'd love you to get involved:
  • Check off some of the items on our list of 21 Things to do in Unley
  • Follow the City of Unley Facebook page for regular tips and ideas
  • Upload your active images to Facebook and Instagram using #activeunley
  • Complete an Active Unley Passport and go into the draw to win a ‘FitBit’® Wireless Wristband
  • If you provide activities through your business or sporting group contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email We are always looking for partners to help us provide more active opportunities to the community.
  • 21 Things to do in Unley

    Need some inspiration? Here’s a list of 21 things to do in the City of Unley.


    See what’s growing in the edible orchards at Morrie Harrell Reserve, Ramage Street, Unley, and Fullarton Park, Fisher Street, Fullarton. 

    Slide, jump, roll and play on lots of fun equipment at the Katherine Street playground, Fullarton. Rocks, logs, sensory planting, and a sandpit provide an area where the kids can interact with nature.

    Ride the mini trains at SASMEE Park, Millswood Crescent, Millswood, operating on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month.

    Let’s go fly a kite! The open space areas at Ridge Park or Orphanage Park are perfect locations.

    Pick up some fresh produce from the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market, held every Sunday on Leader Street, Goodwood.

    Enjoy the change of seasons by sitting on a bench at Heywood Park and watching the world go by. Can you hear the kookaburras?

    Ride the Mike Turtor Bikeway from the Black Forest to the Wayville Showgrounds.

    Packed full of play equipment, the Princess Margaret Playground at Black Forest is a hidden gem. The kids will love it, trust us!

    Unley Road offers 1.5km’s of shopping activity. Why not start at one end in the morning, have lunch and then wander back down the other side in the afternoon.

    Head to the Unley Oval to see the local Sturt Football Club play. Practise your own footy skills on the oval after the game.

    We now have two outdoor ping pong tables! Check them out at the Unley Civic Centre, Oxford Terrace, Unley, and Fullarton Park Community Centre, Fullarton Road, Fullarton.

    Walk the Discover Historic Unley trail and pop in at the Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley, to discover more about your neighbourhood.

    See what you can find at Ridge Park, Myrtle Bank. Do you know how much water the dam can hold? Can you find the 250 year old ‘Eucalyptus microcarpa’ tree, or the giant lizards at the playground? 

    Visit one of Australia’s oldest hockey clubs, Forestville Hockey Club at Goodwood Oval.

    Man’s best friend needs some exercise too! Take your dog to one of our great parks. More details regarding off-leash times can be found on our Dog Exercise Area page.  

    Search for a good book at Unley Library and enjoy it at the Village Green, Rugby Street, Unley.

    The City of Unley has so many places for kids to explore. Orphanage Park is one great example, where you can build a cubby house, catch tadpoles and make some mud pies!

    Try out one of the many activities, workshops and programs held across our diverse Community Centres.

    Walk Windsor Street trail from Fern Avenue Reserve to Unley Road and observe the native plants along the way.

    Climb the stairs of grandstand at Goodwood Oval and enjoy the view.

    Open the lid to discover what’s inside the ‘Toy Boxes’, at Ridge Park, Village Green, Soutar Park and Forestville Reserve.  

  • Active Unley Monthly Activity Program


    Currently, no activities are listed. Please come back soon as we update this page often. Please phone 8372 5111 if you have an Active Unley enquiry.

  • Your Business or Group can Get Involved in Active Unley
    Are you a local business or community group?
    • Promote your business or community group by getting involved in the Active Unley monthly activity calendar
    • Council are partnering with businesses and community groups to assist you to host a free or low cost activity for City of Unley residents
    • Over 30 businesses and community groups have been partnered with so far, offering over 100 different activities since 2015
    • Council can provide a limited amount of funding and promotional support to enable you to host an activity (or activities) and promote your business
    • For more information, contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111 or email 

    We are always looking for partners to help us provide more active opportunities to the community!
  • Complete an Active Unley Passport and win!

    Record four different activities in your Active Unley Passport and go into the draw to win a FitBit’® Flex Wireless Wristband.

    How to Enter – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

    Step 1 - Collect an Active Unley passport from one of the venues listed below.

    Step 2 – Let us know how you have been active in the City of Unley, by recording four different activities that you’ve taken part in. It could be anything from walking your dog or playing a game of tennis! Read our ‘21 Things to do in Unley’ list for ideas.

    Step 3 - Send your completed passport back to Council before 5.00pm on the closing dates to go into the draw.  The closing dates are:
    • Friday 30 December 2016
    • Tuesday 28 February 2017
    • Friday 28 April 2017
    • Friday 30 June 2017

    NOTE – you do not require a stamp on your passport, simply record the activity and your contact details.

    Where to get your passport

    Active Unley Passports are available from:
    • Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    • Unley Library, 181 Unley Road, Unley
    • Goodwood Library, 101 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
    • Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
    • Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton
    • Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley
    • Phone 8372 5111 to request a passport be posted to you.
  • FitBit Competition - Terms & Conditions of Entry

    Active Unley Passport - WIN a ‘FitBit’® Promotion

    Terms and Conditions of Entry

    The promoter is the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley SA 5061
    How to enter:

    • Collect an Active Unley passport from City of Unley venues, including civic centre, libraries and community centres, and participating City of Unley partner venues or phone 8372 5111 to request a passport be posted to you.
      Record four different activities and send your completed passport back to Council before the closing dates to go into the draw to win.
      Entrants do not need to participate in four different activities in the space of one month, i.e. activities can be participated in during the competition open dates.
      Entries must include the entrant’s full name, phone number and address clearly legible in the space provided on the passport to be valid.


    • Entry is available to all South Australian residents.
      Entrants must be 12 years of age or older.  If you are under 18 years of age, you must have a parent or guardian approve your entry by writing this clearly on the completed passport.
      One entry per person for the duration of the competition.
      Employees of the City of Unley and their immediate families, and agencies associated with the promotion are ineligible to enter.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • Entry contact details will be provided to the City of Unley for future promotional and research purposes.
    • The City of Unley reserves the right to disqualify any person who tampers with the entry process.
    • No responsibility will be accepted for late, lost, misdirected entries or entries sent but not received by The City of Unley. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entry details remain the property of the City of Unley.
    • Valid entries will be retained and eligible for draw for the duration of the promotion.

    Prize Details:

    • One FitBit Wireless Wristband will be won in each draw, from November 2016 to June 2017. 
    • Prize is not redeemable for cash.
    • The City of Unley makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded.
    • The City of Unley will provide a receipt to the winner with the device, from the date of purchase for warranty, but is unable to assist with any warranty claims and accepts no responsibility for faulty devices.   

    Competition Timeline:

    • The promotion commences at 10:00am Tuesday 1 November 2016 and closes at 4:00pm Friday 30 June 2017.
    • Entries must be received by the City of Unley before the close of business (5.00pm) on the closing dates, as follows:
      • Friday 30 December 2016
      • Tuesday 28 February 2017
      • Friday 28 April 2017
      • Friday 30 June 2017
    • Entries received after the closure date/time will not be eligible.
    • A representative of the City of Unley will randomly draw the winning entries, which will occur on the following business day after entries close, or as early as practicable, at 10am at Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Rd, Unley. 
    • Winners will be notified via phone call and in writing within 14 days of the draw.
    • Unclaimed prizes will go into the dray for the following month.  The passport will also go back into the draw for the following month. Any unclaimed prizes for 30 June 2017 draw will be redrawn on Friday 14 July 2017, at 10.00am at Unley Civic Centre.
    • Details of how the prize should be collected will be provided. Winner will be given 30 days from the date of notification to collect or arrange the receipt of their prize.


    • Winners agree to upon request, participate in any promotional activities required by The City of Unley, including, but not limited to, publicity, photography and appearances.
    • The winner consents to the use of their name and photograph in The City of Unley promotional materials.

Booking a Park

You can book Council's parks (including open space areas, tennis courts, BBQs and shelters) for a variety of activities.

If you wish to book a park for fitness training or regular sports training visit our Fitness Training on Council Reserves section.

Make your booking for a park by completing the Event Permit Application Form. We encourage you to complete this application online and return it via email to

Please note:
  • All bookings are subject to availability; and
  • Booking a park does not exclude other people from using it.

Fitness Training on Council Reserves

Fitness Training

The use of public open space by commercial fitness trainers is permitted, provided trainers have approval from Council and adhere to the relevant policy below.

Before running a fitness training session on community land (which includes most parks and reserves in the City of Unley), trainers must complete a Fitness Training Activities Permit Form and pay the relevant fee.

Submitting this application form does not guarantee approval. You will be contacted following the assessment of your application.

For further information, please contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111. 

Training in Council Park FAQs
Fitness Training Activities Permit Form
Commercial Fitness Training on Community Land Policy
Fees and Charges 2016-17
Regular Sports Training

This permit application form should be completed for persons wanting to use Council reserves for regular sports training activities. This form should also be used for one-off bookings requiring floodlighting and or line marking.

Submitting this application form does not guarantee approval. You will be contacted in the near future following the assessment of your application.

For further information, please contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Planner on 8372 5111.

Regular Sports Training Activities Permit Form
Fees and Charges 2016-17

Bike Riding in Unley

The City of Unley has 45 kilometres of marked bike routes and a speed limit of 40kms per hour to promote safe bike riding.

Many community, shopping and recreational facilities are easily accessible by bike where bike rails are readily available. Unley bike routes are part of the Adelaide metropolitan bike lane network.

Magical Park

Watch out! Heywood Park has been invaded by dinosaurs, kittens and giant mushrooms!

 Onscreen view Magical Park creatures

Following fantastic community response, Magical Park has returned to Heywood Park. And it will be available for all the family to play until the end of December 2017.
Magical Park is an immersive reality game for children aged 6 to 11, aimed at encouraging families to get outdoors and use their local parks in new and exciting ways.

Games take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. They’re a great way to combine fun with exercise, as the kids will cover between 700m and 2km as they uncover the wonders of Magical Park.

While the kids have fun, parents will be pleased to know that their data privacy is respected and there is no in-game advertising.

There are two fun fantasy worlds to play in, Augmentia and Dino Land.

How to play:
  • Grab your iPhone, iPad or android device (check compatibility and internet requirements)
  • Download the free app - log on to the Google Play store or Apple App Store and search ‘Magical Park’. 
  • Head to our Magical Park location Heywood Park, Northgate Street, Unley Park and
  • Have fun discovering a digital fantasy land!


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