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Grab your pirate hat, Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay is ready!

It’s been almost a year in the making. Delayed by COVID, rainy weather and just about everything you can think of. But ‘Yo ho ho! , the long awaited pirate ship is ready to set sail across Croudace Bay. Thomas H Halton Park has transformed from a run-down basic swing set to a magical play area. This weekend, the 26th of February, the gates will open up to the kids of Lake Macquarie. It’s finally ready to explore.


Getting to Croudace Bay

Thomas H Halton Park is situated between Valentine and Eleebana on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie. You’ll find a designated parking area at either end of the park, and both are busy on weekends. With open spaces and wide paths, scooters, bikes and soccer balls are a must.

You’ll find new toilets at both ends of the park, one of which is located next to the playground itself. There are lots of bubblers for the kids to use around the playground, and plenty of grassed areas for a picnic. The playground is fully fenced, and hosts 2 BBQ areas within the grounds, that are perfect for parties or gatherings.

A short distance away from the playground is a brand new skate park and a multi-sports wall. Plus if you’re up for it, a gym station!


A natural wonderland

Nestled amongst the established trees, this playground hosts an abundance of shady seating for parents and families. You’ll find lots of wood features and natural shapes for the kids to climb and explore. Underneath the swings and slides is a spongy cushioned landing, and in other areas soft woodchips. Large sandstone blocks have been used to define areas and give parents somewhere to sit close by. Kids will love following them around and climbing the rocky surfaces. 


Kids will love exploring!

Climbing is part of the playground experience and the nets and swings here will be a winner with the kids. They’ll find a dual swing, nest swing, merry-go-round, and net roundabouts, plus an awesome net bridge.

With lots of space and areas for kids to just enjoy nature, this playground blends into the environment really well.


Watch out for the pirates

Let me tell you first hand that the pirate ship will not disappoint. It’s massive. 

There is so much to explore from top deck to the tunnel slide, and everything in the hull below. Our kids will spend hours discovering every inch of this amazing ship! I’m sure all the pirates and captain’s right around Lake Macquarie will love taking over this vessel. 


Fun for the little ones

The water play station is going to be a hit with the little kids. There are 3 pumps and water tracks for multiple groups of kids to enjoy at the same time. I think that’s a great design lesson from the one at Speers Point Park. It’s lovely and shady, and nice and easy for the kids to use. Bench seats are adjacent for parents to watch on.


At the other end of the park is another area for our little ones. With musical stations, and places to climb and explore. 

Thomas H Halton Park at Croudace Bay is a wonderful natural playground with plenty of nature based play. We love how it blends in with the established trees, creates natural shade, and a peaceful setting. Well that is until Saturday. 

Looking for more playgrounds around Lake Mac: Lake Macquarie Playgrounds

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