Lochiel Park was once a neglected corner of the city - lost in time - in a forgotten corner of Campbelltown. What was once vacant riverside land, filled with bamboo and wild fennel and dotted with run-down old buildings, has been transformed into a pleasant community space with wetlands, walking trails, and a green housing estate.
The adjacent residential area looks like an idyllic small urban village - based on best practice environmental principles. Lochiel Park was awarded the 'Green Flag Award' in 2019 and 2020, recognising its unique status as a well-managed and quality green space along with its high standards of environmental management, biodiversity, heritage, and community involvement.
There's a playground with some big brand new equipment for the kids to enjoy with nature play elements thrown in for good measure. It sits by a large, grassed space perfect for kicking a ball around. There's sheltered picnic tables, BBQs, and toilets nearby.
There's plenty of trails and boardwalks around the park to provide green vistas and secluded forest areas for you to enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of local flora and fauna. The extensive trail signage will lead you on a number of walking loops. There's a suitable walk for all ages and abilities, including the four-kilometre 'Active Family Loop'.
One of the main features of the site is Lochend. Formerly one of the run-down buildings, it's been restored to what may be even more than its former state. Built in 1842, as the somewhat stately homestead of Charles James Fox Campbell, records suggest it was occupied until 1957. It fell victim to age and vandalism until 1998 when an archaeological dig was conducted and funding granted to begin restoration work. There's a community hall for hire on the property but there's no other public access at this time.
You can access the park from either side of the Torrens River. The main carpark is next to Lochend at the end of Hill Street in Campbelltown. You can also cross the river from the end of Windsor Grove in Windsor Gardens - just across the river from the southern wetland.