Your Kids Will Love This Train & Plane-Filled Playground!
By: Kylie Purtell, ellaslist explorer
We're always on the lookout for awesome playgrounds that pack a playtime punch, and whaddayaknow, we've found another one! Ham Common Bicentenary Park is a must-stop spot if you're over the Hawkesbury Valley Way, Clarendon.
Why Is It A Great Option For Kids & Parents?
Clarendon Park, next to the Hawkesbury Visitor's Centre is a park that caters to kids of varying ages. The playground is fully enclosed and has sheltered seating areas where you can sit and have your lunch or snacks while the kids play. There is plenty of tree cover which provides lots of shade all year round.
Is There Something For Everyone?
One end of the playground is geared towards older kids with a climbing frame leading to a large slide, as well as a full-size swing set. The other end is geared towards the younger kids with a toddler & baby swing set, as well as a replica train & plane for the kids to play & hide in (Clarendon Park is across the road from the RAAF Base, Richmond, which gives young plane enthusiasts the chance to see the planes taking off & landing, as well as having the train line running on the opposite side of the playground, giving mini-trainspotters the chance to watch & wave to the passing trains).
There are plenty of trees, and also an area with bubblers of different sizes that makes for some excellent water-play during the warmer months. There are also concrete paths throughout the playground which are friendly for small bike riders & scooters.
What Kinds Of Facilities Are Around?
The playground is situated right next to the Hawkesbury Visitors Information Centre & Cafe. The Info centre has lots of information on the Hawkesbury region’s attractions & events and also has toilets inside for public use. The cafe next door sells coffee & cakes and is open early until 3pm. There is plenty of parking right next to the Visitor's Centre & Cafe, and Clarendon train station is approx 1km away with a walking/bike path to the playground & beyond.
The full length of the Clarendon Park area is approx 3km with a walking/bike track running the entire length of it. There is also free gym equipment along the last half of the track at the Richmond end. Just past the Visitor's Centre & cafe, there is a large picnic area featuring covered seating areas as well as a BBQ and more public toilets. The kids can ride their bikes and explore the surrounds.
What Was The Kid's Verdict?
The kids loved the entire Clarendon Park area as it offers lots of room for exploration and a variety of things to do, from playing in the playground to riding bikes, having picnics, finding bugs & best of all, playing with the crunchy leaves that fall from the trees year round.
The Highlight Of Our Play
Seeing the planes taking off & landing, playing with the leaves and exploring for bugs & other creepy crawlies, going on the big slide and of course, the swings!
The playground at Clarendon Park is good to visit year-round. It can be a little noisy due to its close proximity to the road, RAAF Base & train line, however, that is what gives the area it’s unique appeal and why kids love it. Where else can they see planes, trains & automobiles all while playing on the swings?