Thomas H Halton Park (also known at Croudace Bay Park) is a huge area of parkland, nestled right on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie. Located on Macquarie Drive at Croudace Bay, the park incorporates a playground area, a skate park for older kids, an off-leash dog exercise area and paths for walking or bike riding.
The playground equipment has a variety of features that make it suitable for pre-school aged children, through to older school kids. The young folk will enjoy two red slides. These can be accessed by climbing up a ladder, or a couple of big steps from a lower platform. A small tunnel section is included for crawling through and hiding in!
There is also a fireman’s pole for sliding down, and a corkscrew climber to navigate on the way back up.
Older kids might like to try the flying fox feature, hang on the monkey bars, or climb up the parallel bars (these are tricky!)
Most of the equipment is best suited to kids aged over three years, although there are spring riders and a couple of baby swings for younger children (in addition to two regular swings).
Near the playground equipment, there is an interesting wooden play area comprised of lots of wooden platforms at different levels. This is a great area for imaginative play – it could be a fort, pirate ship or even a construction site!
Adjacent to these play areas is a big clump of palm trees which is perfect for a game of hide and seek.
When the kids have had enough fun at the playground, you can go for a bike ride or scoot. The park is a perfect place for learning to ride a bike – there are lots of long, flat paths and it’s usually pretty quiet. There is a fun wooden bridge to ride over, too!
There are so many beautiful trees to enjoy in the park, and lots of birds to spot. When we visited, the boys found a great climbing tree right down by the lake. We spent almost as long here as at the playground!
You can also while away some time throwing pebbles into the lake.
The park boasts some great picnic opportunities, with wide open grassed spaces and plenty of sheltered picnic tables and BBQ facilities.
There are a couple of amenities blocks (one near the playground and one near the boat ramp) and plenty of taps. We only managed to spot one bubbler, near the boat ramp. Unfortunately, there isn’t one at the playground itself, so best to take a drink bottle.
It is worth noting that the park is also an off-leash dog exercise area. Although this technically only applies before 10am and after 4:30pm, we did see some off-leash dogs in the parkland when we visited outside those hours – so best to keep an eye on the kids.
Good to Know
Address: Macquarie Drive, Croudace Bay NSW.
Ideal Age: Preschoolers, Young school-age kids
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes (but not close to the playground, so bring a drink bottle)
Picnic Facilities: Lots of sheltered picnic tables
Café Nearby: No
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Alex moved to Newcastle with her family in 1998 and has called Newcastle home ever since. Alex is a mum to two busy boys who keep her on her toes. She has worn a few different hats over the years but is currently working part-time as a practice manager for an engineering consultancy. Alex loves travel, indoor plants and exploring rockpools at the beach with the kids.