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by Meagan Sewell (subscribe)
Freelance writer living in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Published November 13th 2011
Clonlea Park
Clonlea Park entrance

Clonlea Park is located on the banks of the North Para River at Willaston. The park is also located close to the town centre of Gawler. Just hidden away off Murray Road, Clonlea Park is Gawler and Willaston's peaceful and natural escape from all surrounding suburbs. The large recreation reserve is the perfect area to bring the family and friends to for a relaxing day out, Clonlea Park is always nicely kept, open grasslands and big river red gums are sprawled across the reserve.
Clonlea Park
Large grass areas with River Red Gums

Clonlea Park is sitting on quite a bit of history, the area was once the original home to some of Gawler's first settlers. Close to the playground is part of a structure that has been left from these earlier times, which used to function as a horse stable. The structure backing onto a hill area adds some character to the now modern day park. Apart from the old structure at Clonlea Park the area has no other resemblance to these past times, the reserve now serves multiple recreational facilities and activities to the public.
Clonlea Park
BBQ area and historic wall which was thought to be an old horse stable, in background

Visitors can enjoy a range of activities on site, two tennis courts are available to have a hit, the nets are always up for people to use. There is a large oval area for sport, various walking trails, bike trails and a good sized playground for children. As well as these recreational activities there are public toilets and a shaded area next to the tennis courts, BBQ facilities and various picnic areas, tables and chairs.
Clonlea Park
Picnic areas and Clonlea Park Playground

Clonlea Park
Clonlea Park tennis courts

Clonlea Park is very well set out with plenty of space and room to move so you can enjoy a relaxed day out, with the bonus of its location being close to the city and surrounding Northern suburbs. The reserve also allows you to obtain parking easily, parking spaces are located close to the entrance and near the tennis courts, there is a track leading down to the playground area and more parking by the river. Parking also accommodates for larger vehicles and coaches. When visiting Clonlea Park you will notice the reserve has native vegetation and gardens at the entrance and other flowering trees and plants across the area. Dogs are welcome on grounds but must be on a leash at all times. The park is a great opportunity to give your loveable pooch a walk, some walking trails are located along the Para River, as well as the bitumen bike tracks.
Clonlea Park
Bike trails throughout the reserve

If you wish to enjoy a peaceful relaxing day during your next free weekend but do not wish to travel far from your local, than Clonea Park is a fantastic reserve to visit. Tucked away in the heart of town between Willaston and Gawler, recreational activities and facilities are all awaiting; pack a picnic lunch, the bikes, scooters and your tennis rackets. Clonlea Park makes for a nice natural haven, close to everything else you need.
Clonlea Park
Native garden at entrance

Clonlea Park
Native and spacious landscape
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Why? Get in some quality time with family and friends with plenty of activities in a natural setting
When: Every day from sunrise to sunset
Where: 2/18 Murray Rd, Willaston South Australia 5118
Cost: Free entry
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