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Where is Canberra's Best Playground?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published December 8th 2012
Sometimes all a playground needs is a swing set and some space to run around, but when you're making a special trip you want it to be worthwhile. There are some great playgrounds spread all around Canberra that offer things for kids of all ages. So we want to know which playgrounds are your favourites, and why your kids love them so much. We've rounded up a few favourites, but it's down to you to tell us Canberra's best.

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Fadden Pines District Park


Black Mountain Peninsula has a great playground, and they have something for everyone. The main piece of equipment is bright and colourful, but still fairly standard. There's a slide, seesaw, climbing frames, and a bridge. This playground stands out because of it's all abilities additions. There's a liberty swing, and even a picture board that means kids who have trouble communicating can still have as much fun. It could do with a bit more in the all abilities section, but it's a good start.

Up at Weston Park the playground is a little different, everything here revolves around the water. There are taps and streams that make for fun water play, and a boat in the centre with some extra games. It's not your usual playground, and it brings imagination into play. Weston Park also has the miniature trains just across from the playground, which adds a bit more excitement when you're there on the weekend.

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Weston Park


Kambah Park is currently undergoing a bit of an upgrade, but even while work goes on at it's new playground, there's plenty to enjoy. A small rock climbing wall adds something different to the play space, and there's also a large spider web climbing frame, two playgrounds, and a tall skinny slide. There's also a tiny u-pipe at the park, but it's best used by more experienced riders and skaters.

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Kambah District Park


Finally there's Lake Ginninderra Western Foreshore. The main playground isn't too big, and is your typical old style playground, but there are some new additions that are a little more fun. Closer to Yarra Beach you'll find a big flying fox and a large spider web climbing frame, but it's the equipment for older kids that is really interesting. Monkey bars without bars, a tornado spinning ride, and simulation trekking and snowboarding are all available on one of the newer pieces of equipment here. This is the type of playground that will entertain your whole brood.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and there are so many other great ones out there. Have we mentioned any of your favourites, or can you tell us about somewhere even better? Leave a comment and join in the discussion to help us find Canberra's best playgrounds.

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I think tidbinbilla is the best around my kids go nuts on the flying fox.
by milto (score: 0|8) 2143 days ago
The playground at Gordon is fantastic, it has a fly rope and a huge (scary) slide. Also Tidbinbilla is great for playground fun it caters to all ages.
by monst (score: 0|8) 2143 days ago
Yerrabi Pond
by suz23 (score: 0|5) 2143 days ago
Kamba Adventure Playground
by kimhe (score: 0|2) 2125 days ago
Commonwealth Park castle playground. But the John Knight Park snake playground near Lake Ginninderra is a childhood favourite too.
by Felicity Banks (score: 1|59) 2120 days ago

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