This amusement park is way too much fun just for the kids … this is fun for the whole tribe!
Greenhills Adventure Park was once a 13-hectare farm with 25 paddocks of pigs and dairy cows, just five kilometres from Victor Harbor's town centre and bounded by the Hindmarsh River. Two river plains and the steep bank dividing them provide the basis for many of the park's attractions.
The McKenzie family purchased the property in 1982, cleared the paddocks of fences, converted the old farmhouse into a restaurant, kitchen and craft shop and landscaped the rest with lawns, more than 600 native shrubs and trees, beautiful garden beds and almost countless activities. The lake holds seven million litres of water from the Hindmarsh River and families of ducks have make it their home, along with silver perch.
Greenhills is a wonderful place for human families too, with an emphasis on interactivity, offering lots of new things to try, all supervised and safe. Choosing what to do next is the only problem you will have at the park.
There is a par three nine-hole golf course, as well as mini golf and a clay BMX track. (Bikes and helmets are provided.) There are twin water slides and a water playground, which includes a safe area for pre-schoolers. The water playground has swings, small slides, flying foxes in various sizes, a sand pit and rocking worms.
Twenty Canadian-style canoes, complete with paddles and life jackets, provide a gentle cruise along the river to the ocean and back, which takes around two hours. There are also 20 aqua bikes providing fun on the lake. A 50-metre dry slide offers year-round excitement and there are four half-tennis courts for everyone to enjoy, volleyball, basketball and totem tennis. The paling maze is pretty tricky, but there are points where you can climb up to see just where you are.
Greenhills has the latest energy-conserving electric mini cars and a 300-metre bitumen track for petrol-powered go-karts, for those 10 years and over.
While in Europe, one of the park's directors saw a giant air bag and enlisted a local manufacturer to make a similar one for Greenhills. The huge trampoline-like activity, along with the jumping castle, provide an enormous amount of fun.
Indoor rock climbing is a fast-growing sport and Greenhills has a 12.5-metre wall suitable for all ages.
The wallaby enclosure is evidence of a successful relocation program of Dama wallabies from Granite Island. The McKenzies hope that one day they will be running wild around the park. Everyone loves visiting the children's farmyard it's like a nursery book come to life.
Budding Robin Hoods, young and old, can test their hand-eye co-ordination at the supervised archery range.
On weekends and during school holidays you can hop aboard the tractor-drawn train for a scenic 20-minute ride around the park.
There are 17 barbecues scattered through the park, some under the shelter of patios and sheds and some under shady gums.
A kiosk sells a range of food and drink or you can try the café (which is licensed) or The Balcony for lunch or tea.
Lockers, changing rooms and toilets are available and there are plenty of spots for observers to sit in the shade and watch others taking part in the many activities.