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O'Malley Playground

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published September 25th 2015
A Surprising Playground in the Embassies
My daughter and I love to explore new areas and find new and interesting playgrounds for her to play in. O'Malley in Woden is one of Canberra's most expensive suburbs with twenty five national Embassies located there. Whilst driving around exploring the area, we discovered a new playground on Dalman Crescent in a newly built area of this prestigious suburb.

O'Malley playground, Canberra, Woden, Canberra, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
O'Malley playground - Dalman Crescent.


The playground has a little cubby house for pretend play...

O'Malley playground, Canberra, Woden, Canberra, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
A cute cubby


As well as swings, bouncy toys, spinning toys and a large, colourful playground with long slide.

O'Malley playground, Canberra, Woden, Canberra, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
...and a seat for a rest!


We found that this playground is good for toddlers with the equipment to play on around the outside, however the actual playground is more suited to older children. To get up to the slide there is a ramp to climb up to and then pull themselves up, or a rope ladder with large gaps in between. My daughter is aged four, and found the last gap up to the platform too difficult to climb on her own, without an extra push to the top.



O'Malley playground, Canberra, Woden, Canberra, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
Her solution was just to climb back up the way she came!


This new playground is situated next to Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, used for walks up to the mount and to view a disused quarry. Due the location of the Nature Reserve next to the playground, be careful where you walk as there is a lot of proof that kangaroos graze the grass in the evenings.



The drive in and out of the suburb is an interesting one. Just look for the flags as you drive around to find the different Embassies in this unique suburb.

O'Malley playground, Canberra, Woden, Canberra, Mt Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve
Kuwait Embassy.


There are other playgrounds in O'Malley to discover, however if you want to explore the suburb then this new playground is located on the other side of the hill in an area that you wouldn't even know was there.

The only drawback of this playground (apart from the little kangaroo surprises on the grass) is the lack of shade.

During the hottest days of Summer it may only be suitable for late or early play....where you may get to see the kangaroos for yourselves!


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Why? A new playground to play on in an interesting suburb of Canberra
Where: Dalman Crescent, O'Malley, ACT
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