Queanbeyan is located over the border in NSW, only 20 minutes from Canberra's CBD. It is an older city with historical buildings dating back to the 1800s, as it was a thriving city for over 75 years before the city of Canberra was built nearby. For families in Canberra, it is another area to explore for new playgrounds and picnic areas by the river. These are our families favourite Queanbeyan playgrounds that we have discovered - which ones are yours?
HOPE MARLAND PLAYGROUND This large playground is located in Queanbeyan West, on Maloney Street. When you park at the Letchworth Regional Park nearby you can only catch a glimpse of the top of the playground equipment, with the rest hidden below street level. There are different levels for the kids to explore, three slides to slip down, a lookout tower, hopscotch, red train to climb over, ramp to climb, swings and more. Our daughter, aged four, rated this playground as the best, with different levels to climb over and a good variety of equipment to try out. It has picnic tables, free BBQs and it is also located next to a local playing field to have a run around on afterwards. See Google map here for directions.
This colourful, pirate ship playground is located along the Queanbeyan River on Trinculo Place. This new playground is completely fenced with a pool gate, so an ideal playground for toddlers to run around safely. There are two slides, fireman's pole, small rock climbing wall, zip fly and plenty to keep the young ones entertained. Inside the pool fence there is a BBQ area and picnic tables so visitors can stay longer and have a picnic in this riverside location. This modern playground is located within walking distance to the next playground, see Google Map here.
SISTER CITY PARK This playground is located on Macquoid Street in East Queanbeyan and is in honour of Queanbeyan's relationship with sister city Hatta Mura in Japan. As you walk into the playground there are cherry blossoms painted on the signage and Japanese structures around the small park. With a red dragon taking pride of place in front of the slide, it makes for a fun experience balancing along its "back" on the moving balance beam. With twin slides, flower shaped drums, hammock to lie in and ropes to climb, this small park packs a lot into the one area. See Google maps here.
QUEANBEYAN PARK PLAYGROUND This playground is located next to Queanbeyan Park and behind Queanbeyan Park Tennis Club, on Campbell Street. The highlight of this playground is the red car the kids can climb over and the road markings on the pathways for kids to ride on with their scooters or bikes. This playground is another good toddler playground, with smaller equipment for little hands to climb and master. This playground can be a little hard to find. There is a small turnoff next to the tennis courts on Campbell Street and then park your car next to Queanbeyan Park and you will find it behind the tennis courts. See Google maps here.
RAY MORTON PARK PLAYGROUND This small playground doesn't take long to explore, however it has some interesting features for kids to discover. It is situated next to the riverside Ray Morton Park, which has a large snail sculpture to capture your child imagination and a hanging frog artwork to welcome you in. There is a speaker system for kids to call to each other from either end of the playground, a set of swings and a net swing - which is always a favourite to find. For musical kids, pick up the sticks and have a bash at the wooden xylophone also found at this playground. See Google maps here.
Across the road kids will also spot a bright yellow bee bouncy playground equipment, which is fun in itself, however it is positioned next to two small inground trampolines, much to the delight of the kids in the area. There is a BBQ area nearby to stay longer while the kids have a jump. If you would like to stop for a coffee or snack, the Riverbank of Queanbeyan café is next to the park, a beautiful riverside spot on a sunny day.
On the opposite side of the river to Ray Morton Park, the last park on this list, the Queanbeyan council is redeveloping the river foreshore of Queen Elizabeth Park to include a new playground and water play park. This is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.
Our family love exploring new parks and playgrounds, as do most families, and we enjoy exploring Queanbeyan finding new ones to try. Depending on your location in Canberra it isn't far to drive for a morning out and taking in a few playgrounds at once. If you want to park in one place and walk to three playgrounds in the one area, you can't go past the riverside with Marj Christian River Park, Sister Park and Ray Morton Park all in one area. If you park near the bridge on Trinculo Place you can walk to all three.
The kids will also enjoy the animals sculptures along the riverside walk and Ray Morton Park - sure to put a smile on your childs face and your own.