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Published May 8th 2013
Make sure you lunch here when next in the Blue Mountains
My visit to Carrington Park left me a little jealous of everyone living in the Blue Mountains: we don't have local parks like this one where I live. As well as possessing a quaint, picnic atmosphere it offers a great view of the Jamison Valley, Admittedly, a line of trees prevents it from being seen that well from the part itself, but just across the road, at Kiah Lookout, the sight is pretty good.
On the other side of Cliff Drive, you get a great view of Jamison Valley
If the scene above looks a bit familiar, it's probably because you've seen it before, just from a slightly different angle. Carrington Park is located close to a number of popular tourist attractions that people like me travel over an hour from Sydney to see, with one of the main ones being The Three Sisters.
Though it's overshadowed by such neighbours, the park is worth a visit itself and tour buses seem to stop across the road continuously to allow their passengers to take photos. I saw two in the short space of time I was at the park. There was also a bridal party using it when I passed by later, a sure sign of a picturesque, and relatively private, spot.
The view is one of the 29 stops for Trolley Tours buses
However, for all Carrington Park is located in the hub of a tourist area, there are still many people who actually live nearby and it's this population that the park is here to serve. Yet while they do manage to look more beautiful than those you'll find in your average park, the facilities on offer are pretty basic.
Around the park, you will find seats and picnic tables, usually sitting beneath towering trees that, when I visited, were just starting to colour themselves in autumnal reds, oranges and yellows. Mixed with the greens of the rest of the area, it was a very pretty atmosphere: I can honestly say I have never been so impressed by trees before.
The setting is beautiful
Apparently, one of the seats at Carrington Park - a wooden one hidden up near the trees at the apex of the triangular space - just showed up on New Year's Eve. I think there must be more to this story though, as the chair is bolted to the ground.
The wooden chair
As you would expect, there is play equipment here, but it's one of the only features of the park that I'll admit is pretty average. It includes a slide, a naughts and crosses game up on the platform and two rocking seats. I did think it was appropriate though that one of the seats was shaped like a wombat: very Australian and a nice fit for this area.
There is also a shelter here
Anyone heading to the Blue Mountains will hardly travel so far just to visit this park. However if you are planning to visit one of the nearby attractions, I recommend you make sure Carrington Park is the place you stop for lunch.
For now, it still largely a local park, but I hear it is increasingly used by backpackers staying in the area, who discover it while walking between the surrounding, more well-known attractions and make plans to come back and check it out later. Before the news spreads too far, you should do the same.
A warning though: the park's reminder that there are people who live in this area every day may make you want to add yourself to that list of locals who can come here any time, or at least cause you to return home a little disappointed with the area surrounding your own residence.