If you find yourself in the vicinity of Richmond, make your way down to the end of this historic country town and you will find Smith Park. With its own picturesque lagoon, grassy banks and established sheltering trees, Smith Park is a peaceful recreation area with more to offer than most parks of its size.
Located just over a kilometre from Richmond train station, the park is characterised by Pugh's Lagoon, one of many important sites within the Hawkesbury Region. Considered an ecologically important wetland, it is naturally home to a number of plant and bird species. A highlight of the park is the flock of ducks, swamp hens and swans that congregate there. They like to be fed by visitors and linger around the banks of the lagoon in between frequent dips in the fresh water.
Not surprisingly, Smith Park is now more developed than it was in Conder's day. The friendly bird life, shaded greens, barbecue facilities, toilets and ample parking space, make the spot ideal for families with children – there's more than enough room to toss a frisbee. And a number of picnic benches - some under gazebos - ensure that seating is available, no matter what the weather.
But more than just a picnic spot, Smith Park is perfect for anyone who just wants to get outside and enjoy a scenic location by the water. The charm of the spot that inspired Conder to paint remains to this day - the lagoon being especially beautiful during the late afternoon, when sunlight hits the water.
Sunlight and birds on the lagoon
Whether for an easy going family afternoon out, or a contemplative repose under a shady tree - perhaps with an easel of your own - Smith Park is worth a visit.
Lovely place, but the photos here are very blurry, I have some great ones if you would like copies. I spend a lot of time down there with my dog, it's a relaxing and beautiful place to be. Unfortunately these pics don't do it justice.