Where: Hamilton Terrace, Paradise
Thorndon Park playground has just been voted Australia’s Best Playground (Winner of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award for best play space 2023)
The new playground at Thorndon Park is looking amazing! A hen (water play sculpture), wren (climbing structure) and crane (swing) now call the park home and don’t forget the biggest bird, a heron (slide structure), which takes centre stage.
The park’s other facilities are also first class, including walking paths, BBQs, toilets, rotunda, pavilion, ovals, exercise equipment, picnic shelters and the carpark.
Thorndon Park Reserve is set in the beautiful grounds of the historic Thorndon Park Reservoir. On weekends a kiosk opens for snacks, plus a small but interesting heritage museum run by the local Rotary club.
There are plenty of walking and bike/scooter riding options around the playground, the reservoir and surrounding parklands. Other highlights of our visits are flying kites up on the top oval and using the free orienteering map/markers throughout the Reserve. There is plenty of space for ball sports, picnics or anything else you fancy – but dogs aren’t allowed in the Reserve at any time.