10 Belconnen parks and playgrounds to explore

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No matter the age of your little ones, there’s a Belconnen park (or 10) for your family.

Catering for the young and young at heart, these parks range from state-of-the-art swings and jungle gyms to natural play areas that encourage awareness of our bush landscape.

Strathnairn Nature Play Park

The perfect place to let imaginations run wild, Strathnairn Nature Play Park has been designed to let kids think outside the box and get hands-on with nature.

From climbing nets and tunnels to plenty of logs and non-water stepping stones, this playground encourages unstructured play. There are trees for shade, car parking nearby and a bubbler.

Kissel Close, Strathnairn | GoogleMap

Paddys Park

With a whopping 2.7 hectares of space, Paddys Park is one that Canberrans of all ages will love for many years to come.

A large playground is complemented by a range of informal play spaces as well as a multi-use sports court and fully enclosed cricket nets. And there are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and community connection with BBQ and picnic areas, an amphitheatre and a community event space.

Pro Hart Avenue, Strathnairn | Google Map

Hilltop Park  

Along the green link from Paddys Park is Hilltop Park. Overlooking the Brindabellas, this local neighbourhood playground is great for kids! With swings, rope walls, slides and more, it’s perfect for kids three years and up.

There are also picnic facilities if you’d like to make a morning of it!

Jill Landsberg Terrace, Strathnairn | Google Map

John Knight Memorial Park

An idyllic spot on the shores of Lake Ginninderra, John Knight Memorial Park is popular with Canberra families and it’s common to see several generations picnicking together under the trees.

The playground includes a treehouse, flying fox and play sculpture; and reptile-lovers are in for a treat with the Snake House’s large timber climbing unit featuring a wave board and nest spinner, a climbing net, shop counter with a snake theme and voice tubes for children to speak to each other across the play area. There are also plenty of water birds to watch.

Aikman Drive, Belconnen | Google Map

George Simpson Playground

Just a five-minute walk away from Café Mame in Melba, this playground features sensory play, a range of climbing challenges and a cute “Fort Flynn.”

Sanderson Close, Flynn | Google Map

Macquarie Shops Playground

This playground is in perfect proximity to both Ricardos Café (for either coffee or mouth-watering dessert) and the Jamison Shops (handy if you need to pick up groceries on the way home.)

1 Jamison Centre, Macquarie | Google Map

Florey Shops Playground

With a coffee van at the nearby shops, this enclosed playground is a cute option for little ones looking to burn off energy.

36 Kesteven Street, Florey | Google Map

Lawson Central Community Playground

This brand-new park in Lawson is fun for everyone, including newly-walking toddlers. It features an educational area for the threatened Golden Sun Moth which lives in the grasslands.

Wanderlight Avenue, Lawson | Google Map

Renny Place Neighbourhood Playground

With a slide, benches, sliding pole and a new style ‘nest’ swing and plenty of grass nearby, The Renny Place Playground offers hours of fun.

Just be aware there isn’t a shade sail, bins or toilets.

14 Gatehouse Place, Belconnen | GoogleMap

Umbagong District Park

An older-style playground with covered play areas, slides and enclosed towers, similar to those at John Knight Park, this playground sits within a wide grassy area in Latham.

Nevile Place, Latham | GoogleMap

Looking for even more Belconnen playgrounds? Check out the Playgrounds of Canberra website.

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