On the other side of the river from the town centre of historic Windsor you will find an amazing park with views over the Hawkesbury River. Macquarie Park has been a picnic destination for locals for well over 100 years. When you first enter through the impressive entrance to Macquarie Park you could be forgiven for thinking that you are entering a grand property and residence. However as you drive further into the park you will see a large playground area where loads of children run free.
The playground caters for all ages and abilities. It contains both your typical playground equipment plus a fantastic climbing dome and those twisty twirly things that make kids fall over as soon as they dismount. There is a small pathway around the playground suitable for little ones on their trikes and scooters. For those on bikes you are best to head down to the river where there is a dirt bike path.
The playground is surrounded by beautiful lush lawns and picnic areas. There are a few covered shelters with one housing a gas BBQ. There are also huge trees such as Jacarandas which provide lovely picnic spots when you are after a wee bit of seclusion away from the playground areas. The park also contains a toilet block and loads of parking.
The impressive residence that I mentioned before is called Macquarie Park House and it is home to a seafood restaurant. It wasn't opened when I visited and I can't help but feel that it would make more sense for it to be a casual eatery or kiosk to serve the hordes of families that make the most of this beautiful park on weekends and school holidays.
During the summer months you can swim in the Hawkesbury River as there is a lovely sandy beach at the far end of the park. This spot is also popular with fisherman all year round as it is with canoeists and kayakers.
A word of warning - the playground is not fenced particularly well and it is located right next to the driveway, so keep an eye on your little ones. Also the river runs right along the park so make sure your kids don't go wandering off.
So next time you are visiting historic Windsor I suggest you cross the river via the Macquarie Bridge and find the little slice of paradise that is Macquarie Park.