[ADVERT]Thorndon Park is a popular picnic spot with something to offer families of all ages. Nestled above Gorge Road, Paradise, and the site of South Australia's first water reservoir, this park has excellent facilities and is expertly maintained; despite plenty of landscaping there remains a satisfyingly ramshackle feel to the native vegetation, making the park a great escape to nature while still remaining within suburbia.
Wide, paved paths lead from the main gates providing pram and wheelchair access to the picnic area, and there are many tables and free barbecues scattered about under the pine and fig trees. A giant chessboard is at one end, and a rotunda (available for hire) is at the other.
Beyond the picnic tables a shaded, modern playground provides plenty of amusement for the littlies and includes a liberty disabled swing, and the park's many open lawn areas are just perfect for a spot of cricket or footy.
On weekends the Rotary Club of Morialta operates a kiosk and heritage museum, located in the stone buildings of the old pumping station that once occupied the site. Public toilet facilities are also accessible at the rear of these buildings. The dam itself is surrounded by a paved path that circles its entire perimeter, complemented by secondary nature trails that diverge now and again taking walkers alongside a series of ornamental lakes and native shrubbery.
Kids will also love the sculptured waterway taking water from the upper dam to the lowerójust perfect for racing home-made boats.
Comunity events such as the Moonlight Markets and Campbelltown Christmas Carols are held in the park, often centered on the pavilion built to accommodate these types of events. A large carpark provides plenty of parking for park users, but be sure to leave before sunset when the gates are closed.
Thorndon Park is a modern, accessible, and well-kept place to play, picnic, or just poke about. It's large enough for big kids to explore, yet small enough for parents to keep track of smaller children; with something for everyone, this park is the 'hamburger with the lot' of picnic locations.
Love this place - as my little sister is disabled and wheelchair bound we often go here to use the Liberty Swing. She absolutely loves it (it brings the biggest smile to her face when we tell her we are going there!); it's great that they have this swing which you can put the wheelchair on, so that kids like her don't miss out on the fun things!