Katanning All Ages Playground is an astonishing playground in the south-west of Western Australia. In this post I will take you for a tour of the rides – but make sure you also check out the amazing slides in the previous post here.
[Never heard of Katanning? View directions and map here]
Everything in the playground is custom-made and designed by local craftspeople. No gaudy plastic: it’s steel all the way. And what they have done with that steel is little short of amazing.
[My thanks to Tracey for telling me in a comment that this merry-go-round is known as “The Satellite” to Katanning locals]
So how does it work? The merry-go-round is balanced on an angled post of hefty ~100mm steel. The merry-go-round itself is supported by two large bearings, so it spins very smoothly. You get it spinning by running “up hill” so it spins in the opposite direction. Get it moving and it spins for ages. You can also spin it by hand while standing on the ground.