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Pod Playground - National Arboretum Canberra

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published May 4th 2015
When we first moved to Canberra with our daughter, aged 3, I asked other mothers at the local park what they thought the best park in Canberra was and they all said "The Pod Playground of course!".

When you drive along the Tuggeranong Parkway on the outskirts of the city, you look up to see beautiful green hills with new trees and a modern architectural building at the top. This is the Arboretum - home to an array of interesting walks, displays and the locally famous Pod Playground.

Although the playground is the exciting lure for the kids, it is interesting to note that this set of hills originally used to be a pine forest before it was destroyed in bushfires in 2001 and 2003. When they designed the Arboretum they chose to plant out the hills with threatened and endangered species of trees from around the world that could handle Canberra's tough climate.

View from the top of the Arboretum
Telstra Tower as seen from the top of the Arboretum

Sculptures and surprises at the Arboretum
Sculptures and surprises at the Arboretum

Miss Three was beside herself when we started exploring the Toddler area has a sand pit, climbing ladder, pods to hide in, interactive music "pods" and small slippery dip.
For all ages there are the swings and the net swing, that a few kids can sit on or a tired Daddy.

Pod Playground Toddler area
Toddler slides and sand pit at the Pod Playground

Pod Playground Toddler area
Small slippery dip in Pod Playground Toddler area

Pod Playground swings and play area
Swings and play area

Further along you walk down in into the "hardcore" playground area for the adventure and thrill lovers. It is most suited to older children and unsuspecting parents that get taken along for the ride. There are a few interconnecting "Pods" that you climb up ladders to, and then you crawl through net tubes up to the next pod for a little play inside, before climbing up to the next one, until you get to the very top.
If your brave little one starts to get abit scared by this stage, it will be Mummy or Daddy who will need to climb through the net tunnels with them, as once you start it is very hard to turn back with several kids behind you on their way up.

Pod Playground, older children area
Older children play area

Pod Playground net tunnels
Climbing higher and higher up the net tunnels

There is a small covered slide at the bottom which is great for the young ones, but the corkscrew slippery dip from the very top pod is almost vertical, dark and tricky to manoeuvre if you are with your child so only go that far if you dare!

Pod Playground corkscrew slippery dip
Pod Playground corkscrew slippery dip

Undoubtedly this really is "the Best playground in Canberra" visually it is beautiful for the adults (you notice a lot of adults running their hands over the sculptured wood in admiration) and for the kids it is completely different to any other park they have been to.
Once you are done, head inside for a hot chocolate and muffin with a view the end to a perfect family outing.

Pod Playground
The best playground in Canberra?
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Where: Forest Drive, Canberra City ACT 2601
Your Comment
What a wonderful jungle gym for kids.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11699) 1053 days ago
I know! It keeps them entertained for hours, and such a pretty spot for us to be too!
by Sue W (score: 2|899) 1053 days ago
I don't have kids but I am thinking that vertical corkscrew slippery dip would have my heat racing!! Looks like an interesting play ground.
by aeonie (score: 1|41) 1051 days ago
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