Pod Playground at the National Arboretum Canberra offers a play experience that’s close to nature. In this beautifully crafted space that reflects the surrounding forests, giant wooden acorn cubbyhouses are reached by clambering up challenging ladders and tunnels and then exited by whizzing down the slides. There are also several ground-level banksia pods, some with musical instruments, and swings. Good luck extricating your kids from this playground!
This incredible all-abilities playground was devised by a group of community-minded public servants as a gift to Canberra on its centenary in 2013. Boundless showcases the benefits of inclusion and diversity, enabling children with a disability to explore, play and swing to their hearts content alongside their able-bodied peers. There are ramps, cubbies, swings, slides and a sandpit with diggers.
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Just 40 minutes’ drive south-west from Canberra at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, see koalas, emus, kangaroos, platypuses, reptiles, possums, echidnas and the endangered brush-tailed rock wallaby in a natural setting. This outdoor attraction features high-quality boardwalks and exhibits. From the Visitor Centre, road-test the Discovery Playground, ask about guided walks, activities and bush trails, and enjoy hands-on educational displays.
John Knight Memorial Park
An idyllic spot on the shores of Lake Ginninderra, John Knight Memorial Park is popular with Canberra families and it’s common to see several generations picnicking together under the trees. The playground includes a tree house, flying fox and play sculpture. Reptile-lovers are in for a treat with the Snake House’s large timber climbing unit featuring a wave board and nest spinner, a climbing net, a shop counter with a snake theme, and voice tubes for children to speak to one another across the play area. There are also plenty of waterbirds to watch.
Black Mountain Peninsula Playground
The beauty of Black Mountain Peninsula Playground is its lakeside location and play equipment for all ages and abilities, including a fort, climbing net and wheelchair-accessible swing. In addition to large shades and a soft-fall surface underfoot, the playground has picnic tables and barbecues that enable the kids to refuel while playing.
Kambah District Park
This is an adventure playground within Kambah District Park for all ages and abilities, with a tree house, junior and senior flying foxes, giant swings, a space net and a wheelchair-accessible liberty swing. It’s guaranteed to keep the kids engaged for hours, so bring a picnic hamper, fire up the barbecue and settle in.