New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published October 13th 2015
Playground & Platypus by the Murrumbidgee
Pine Island Playground is located at Pine Island Reserve in Tuggeranong, 20 minutes south of the CBD. The reserve is situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River so it is the ideal spot for swimming, BBQ's, family gatherings and the local playground. Although not a new playground, it has everything to keep the kids entertained while you fire up the BBQ or before a cool swim in the river.
The playground itself is handy while families gather together, however I wouldn't drive to the area just for the playground. It doesn't have any shade and the slide can get hot in Summer, so it is ideally suited to early or late in the day in Summer, or colder months.
At these times, it is a fun playground for the little ones with a swing bridge, small slide and a range of ways to get up to it. With fire pole, swings and a bouncy table, there is enough play equipment to keep the kids busy in this rural location.
After your time in the playground, why not go exploring the area. If you walk from the playground down towards this sign (above), there is a short path down to the river if you would like a paddle or to skim some stones. It is a little steep and uneven underfoot so probably best suited for older kids.
The area around the playground has a number of BBQ's to utilise and a huge expanse of area to set up a cricket game or play chasings. There are bushwalks off the reserve to explore and locals were seen with pool noodles under their arms walking down the tracks, so there are secret swimming spots to discover.
We chose to drive back a couple of hundred metres to the sandy Pine Island Beach to cool off after the playground. Pine Island Beach is a popular area for locals and visitors due to the generous amount of sand on the beach to relax on. We visited in early October so the water was cold, however the more you stood in it the more enjoyable it became. By Summer it will be refreshingly cool and an ideal spot for a swim.
After a play at Pine Island Reserve Playground, having a paddle or swim in the river afterwards is an ideal way to cool off. Why not bring the bucket and spade for the kids and have your picnic down on the "beach"...