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INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Explorer’s Guide to Black Mountain Peninsula Playground.

Eucalyptus trees, parched grass, dusty floors, and blue skies as far as the eye can see…

That’s when you know you are in Australia.

Black Mountain Peninsula Playground has all that, and MORE, plus views of Telstra Tower beyond in this 22 hectare foreshore parkland.

It’s one of Canberra’s best nature playgrounds for kids.

Take a sneak peek below. 

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Nature Play at Black Mountain Peninsula Playground

There’s three play zones at Black Mountain playground.

Each one has different play equipment to:

  • help develop motor skills
  • test balance and coordination
  • challenge fitness
  • encourage rest

Black Mountain Canberra – Zone 1

The first one you come to – Zone 1 – under cream-coloured shade sails, is full of:

  • spinning poles
  • spinning seats
  • raised timber stands


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Rocker slides

The boys loved these two mirror-image standing slides.

The ones where you stand on a small platform like a skateboard, and rock from side to side, higher and higher.

The one intriguing factor are the “donut rings” equipment (seen at the rear of the picture at top).

Are they musical instruments, drums, or a sculptural addition?

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Black Mountain Playground – Zone 2

Next to zone one is a sandstone brick wall feature that separates the electric BBQS and concrete picnic tables from the play zone. Undercover picnic tables are available also.

Zone 2 has a rainbow coloured fort, with:

  • net-covered tunnel ladders
  • a spider web climbing frame
  • a bridge and
  • a slide.

There’s a modern see-saw in front.

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Black Mountain Peninsula Canberra – Zone 3 & Bike Paths 

Zone 3 has swings.

These are not undercover. 

There is also a wheelchair-accessible Liberty Swing at the park.

Bring your bikes and scooters – there’s a multi-purpose path leading you on a trek around the whole peninsula.

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Black Mountain Peninsula Swimming

BYO swimmers and towels as there’s a kid-friendly swimming area, paddling, and splashing opportunities in a shallow fenced enclosure at this park that sits along the north western side of Lake Burley Griffin.

There’s definitely lots of things to do in Canberra with kids at this nature park here.

Black Mountain Peninsula Boat Ramp

Black Mountain Peninsula, in the suburb of Acton, has a designated boat ramp on Lake Burley Griffin.
Enjoy water-based recreation including:
  • canoeing
  • rowing, and
  • sailing with non-motorised craft.

There’s a canoe entry point, and you can fish too.

The Black Mountain Peninsula boat ramp is accessed off Lady Denman Drive on the north side of West Lake.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP – Black Mountain Peninsula Park

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: Garry Owen Drive, off Lady Denman Drive, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia 2601
Telephone: 13 22 81
Website: Click here

Black Mountain Peninsula Opening Hours:

  • Daylight savings time: 7am – 10pm.
  • Eastern Standard Time: 7am – 8pm

Entry Fees: Free

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How to get to Black Mountain Peninsula Playground 

By Taxi/Uber: Black Mountain Peninsula is a LONG 30 minute walk from the closest bus stop, so we recommend taxi or uber for public transport

By Car: 9 minutes (5km) from the Canberra CBD via Clunies Ross St

Black Mountain Peninsula Parking

Free parking can be found in front of the Black Mountain Peninsula playground on Garryowen Drive.

Black Mountain Peninsula Map

Facilities at Black Mountain Park on the Peninsula

Nearest takeaway coffee: No cafes close by. BYO from a cafe on the way.
Toilets: Yes including baby change table
Disability access: Yes. Liberty swing also.
Shade: Yes, trees and shade sails
Enclosed: No, but far enough from the ring road that traffic risk is minimal
Ground cover: Rubber soft fall foam, concrete pathways, parched grass!
Food options: BYO picnic or BBQ
Picnic tables: Yes (see pic below) 
Black Mountain Peninsula BBQ area: Yes, electric BBQ’s on site. (see pic below) 
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: No dogs allowed

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Toadstool Rating – Black Mountain Canberra

The Australian landscape here is everything! 

BYO BBQ supplies, or healthy & delicious gourmet picnic food, and stay a while. 

You’d never know you were close to the city at this park play area!

It’s quiet, and reminds me of Australian playgrounds of my childhood in the 1970’s.
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Here’s the Big List of the Best Playgrounds in Canberra for kids!

Click the links in blue below for more Canberra activities for kids. 

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