National Arboretum Canberra

Pod Playground

Photo of the Pod Playground

Designed to challenge and excite, Pod Playground encourages children to climb, explore and have fun. Pod Playground is a unique and adventurous playground featuring giant acorn cubbies, nest swings and banksia pods, surrounded by spectacular views.

The Village Centre with cafe and gift shop are close by.

Pod Playground delights a variety of age groups. The giant acorn cubbies on stilts, connected by net tunnels and ending in a spiral slippery slide, suit older children (late primary and up), as does the large climbing net frame.

For younger children, Pod includes a single ladder leading into a single giant acorn cubbie with a normal-sized slide.

The middle area of Pod Playground caters for children with a range of ages, with two large nest swings and two toddler swings.

At the café end of the playground there is a wonderful area for toddlers with giant banksia cones, sand, and musical instruments.

The musical bridge appeals to all ages.

Read more about Pod in the article No, No, You Go First by Gweneth Leigh, ASLA. This article first appeared in the Landscape Architecture Magazine January 2015.

See Pod Playground in this ABC video filmed as part of ‘Nature Play’ for Catalyst 2 October 2014 at:  

See some fabulous photos of Pod Playground taken by the ABC’s 666 Canberra Local Radio’s Jim Trail for ‘Game on at the National Arboretum Canberra’s new Pod Playground’ 20 June 2013 at:    

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