Macarthur Playground is located in Tuggeranong, 19km's south of the CBD. This leafy park is a hidden surprise, tucked away behind a colourful childcare centre and surrounded by beautiful tall gum trees.
My daughter and I have a game that we like to play called "Find a Good Park". After moving to Canberra we would drive to somewhere that we didn't know, turn on the GPS in the car and then ask it to find us the closest playgrounds as a "point of interest".
We decided to play this again in the suburb of Macarthur and after a number of missed turns (this park really doesn't want to be found!) we saw a glimmer of this colourful park behind the trees.
As we got closer, we realised we had hit the jackpot in the "Find a Good Park" game. The net swing was the biggest one that we had ever seen. Although a little nervous, my daughter Miss Four climbed in and instead of just going back and forth, this swing moves around in big circles. Great for younger kids and I imagine would be very popular with older children to see how far it could swing.
Once you have finished having a play in the park, a short distance away is a brand new skateboard ramp. It is very slippery if your kids want to attempt to climb it, so perfect for fast skaters or scooters. There is also a basketball court, so bring your basketball or tennis ball for a game of handball on this new court.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Macarthur Park. Apart from the new play equipment and space to run around, we also enjoyed the variety of birds flying overhead. Flocks of rosella' s descended on the park, settling in the gum trees above us. We also spotted two galahs having a sleep and a few cockatoos squawked in. For my bird loving daughter, this was a highlight.
Our "Find a Good Park" game found.... a very good park!
There are a number of shady benches around the playground, perfect for a rest before playing again!