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Published January 26th 2016
Gungahlin is an area 13km's north of Canberra, which has a mix of established suburbs and brand new modern areas. Our family has visited the area a number of times over the last year visiting friends, househunting and exploring parts of Canberra that we hadn't been to before. Finding a playground to keep our daughter happy between stops has been a fun way to see the area and track down some tucked away playgrounds. These are the ones that we have enjoyed - what are your favourites? CRACE HILLTOP RESERVE PLAYGROUND
This reserve has scenic views in all directions and a colourful playground to enjoy. The playground is spongey underfoot and has a large climbing frame, mounds to climb, an unusual set of poles to slide down, a spinning platform, swings and spinning toys.
Our daughter enjoys this playground due to all the mounds to run over, spinning platform to sit on and finding different ways to slide down a set of poles. Another highlight of this playground is the birdlife, with galahs and rosellas using the playground equipment as perches in between fly overs.The entrance to the playground is on Samaria Street, Crace.
Crace Hilltop Reserve spinning platform and climbing frame
Also in the same suburb is the Crace Recreational Park located on Narden Street. For an extended article on Crace Recreational Park see here. FRANKLIN RECREATIONAL PARK This playground was a colourful surprise when we stumbled upon it in our exploration. It is brand new with a large climbing frame, toddler area, bike paths, enclosed small sports field, exercise equipment, net swings, skate bowl and even table tennis tables. This is a popular park with locals and families from further afield. The entrance to the playground is on Kilmeny Close in Franklin. For an extended article on Franklin Recreational Park, see here.
YERRABI PONDS This play area has been a popular family area for many years, with plenty of undercover BBQ areas, toddler playground, skate bowl, basketball court and the ever popular flying fox - the largest I have ever seen. It is a great place to feed the ducks and bring your kids bikes so they can enjoy the bike paths along the lake. The entrance to the playground is located on Wunderlich street in Gungahlin. For an extended article on Yerrabi Ponds Playground, see here.
This park and playground is located in the new suburb of Forde. It is named Heritage Park due to the historically significant remains of dwellings and machinery from the first settlement in Canberra from 1830. The playground is a colourful array of climbing equipment, toddler play areas, BBQs, bike paths and two impressive slides. With established gums above, this another park with an abundance of birdlife. The entrance to the playground is located on Francis Forde Boulevard, in Forde. For an extended article on Heritage Park Playground, see here.
WINTER PLAYGROUNDS On a cold winters day it can take awhile for the sun to dry off the playgrounds, so why not check out the indoor play area at Gungahlin Marketplace for toddlers or the playground in Gungahlin Bunnings.
With so many new suburbs being developed, new playgrounds are being built regularly. The suburb of Bonner has some scenic new parks, with one situated at the top of a steep hill on Bilin Bilin Street with an amazing view. Our daughter looked up the hill and declared it was too far to walk - however if your kids are feeling energetic, this would be another new one to explore with a spectacular view.
Gungahlin is an exciting area to discover new playgrounds and rediscover older playgrounds that you haven't been to for awhile. These are the playgrounds that our family rate highly - if you have your own favourite please add a comment to this article and share your discovery. You can never have too many playgrounds on rotation for weekends of free family fun!
The popular Franklin Recreational Park - fun for all ages