NOTE – Carrick Hill Gardens are open weekends only 10am – 4:30pm. Carrick Hill House is currently closed for major renovations but the Gardens are Open and very much worth a visit!
If you haven’t been for a wander around the stunning grounds of Carrick Hill DEFINITELY put it on your to do list!
Located in Springfield, about a 10 minute drive from the city, Carrick Hill is Australia’s most intact twentieth-century heritage house museum and garden. It’s approximately 40 hectares of land which includes approximately 26 hectares of native bushland. It is gorgeous and you can literally spend a whole day here with the kids wandering the many gardens, having a picnic, exploring the Story Book Trail (see below) and grabbing a coffee and cake from the cafe.
Oh and by the way, it’s FREE to explore the Gardens and Grounds!
The Carrick Hill Story Book Trail was designed to enable children to explore and discover the natural world, this short walk through Carrick Hill’s parkland uses classic children’s tales to encourage the imagination.
The first stage of the Children’s Story Book Trail mainly focuses on British classic tales that reflect Sir Edward and Lady Hayward’s era. It is thanks to this couple’s gift to the people of South Australia in 1986 that children are able to enjoy the house and gardens today. Along a sandy track that weaves past ponds and through groves of trees, children encounter the following features:
- Boardwalk & Frog on a Log
- Wind in the Willows
- The Hobbit
- Three Billy Goats Gruff
- Quidditch Tree
- The Secret Garden
- The Jungle Book and Animalia
- The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
- The Magic Faraway Tree
- Charlotte’s Web…”
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Where? Carrick Hill – 46 Carrick Hill Drive Springfield
Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday.
Please Note: Carrick Hill will CLOSE to the public every JULY for preventative conservation and restoration work. From July 2019-mid 2020 the Carrick Hill House will be closed for major renovations, but the gardens remain open on weekends.
More details: http://www.carrickhill.sa.gov.au/