When was the last time you headed down to the park at Croudace Bay? This park is a favourite for our family. We’ve used it for birthday parties, learning to ride a bike, practicing skateboarding and roller skating, hanging out with our mates or just going for a lovely walk. There are so many things to do in this area we wanted to share them all with you. Croudace Bay Park is officially called Thomas H Halton Park. Croudace Bay is nestled between the suburbs of Eleebana and Valentine. As you drive along Macquarie Drive there’s a turning into a large free car park that comfortably caters for all visitors.
Croudace Bay Park
Thomas H Halton park covers 2.4km of the shoreline along our beautiful Lake Macquarie. The main path starts in Valentine and runs through the entire park from one end to the other finishing at the suburb of Eleebana. There are a few different paths inside the park, however, the main path is perfect for riding a bike or roller skating because of its generous width. The looping path allows you to have an adventure with the kids while getting some valuable exercise at the same time. If you enter from the car park to your left-hand side, you’ll also see the local skate park.
The skate park has a three-foot mini ramp and street section. It’s only a small skate park however it caters for many local kids. It’s known to be very friendly with older children encouraging and assisting the younger ones to learn to skate. If you have an experienced skater in your family, parents can park alongside the skate park and watch the kids from the comfort of their car.
On the right-hand side of the car park, you’ll find the park and playground which is perfect for the younger kids. It has four swings, two of them with seats for the toddlers. There are monkey bars, a small in-built flying fox, a fireman’s pole, and a couple of slippery dips. For younger children, there are also two rocking horses to play on. While the kids play you can relax by sitting at one of the picnic tables situated around the play equipment. Conveniently the toilets are also located close by for that last-minute dash when nature calls!
As you walk towards the lake away from the playground you’ll discover an area that has steps leading up to a flat top. This is a perfect place where kids can use their imagination to play. Are they in a castle? On top of a mountain? On a pirate ship? Surrounding the fort are clumps of trees where hide n seek is a must-do activity for the kids. There’s ample shaded spots where you can sit and watch them play and enjoy a cuppa.
Picnic area and BBQs
At Croudace Bay Park you’ll find undercover picnic tables and seating plus free gas BBQs. These picnic tables have a prime position overlooking the lake so you can enjoy the view. The kids will enjoy skimming pebbles on the water while you cook the snags. Keep an eye out for the flying fish that jump out of the water or even an octopus or crab that has come close to shore. If you have a climber in your family your kids will enjoy some of the trees located alongside the lake. They have great branches for adventuring.
This park is an off-leash dog walking park before 10 am and after 4:30 pm. There is a dog walking club that meets up in the mornings and there are always lots of dogs enjoying the freedom of a walk without a leash. Look up their Facebook group ‘Croudace Bay Dog Park’ and get your four-legged friend involved.
Enjoying Croudace Bay Park
With lots of open spaces covered in grass and plenty of room for all, this is a great place to spend a few hours enjoying life. Grab your picnic basket, bats and balls, scooters and bikes, and your friends and family. Enjoy a few hours down at Thomas H Halton Park Lake Macquarie, We know you won’t be disappointed.
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