Castle Hill Heritage Park, located off Heritage Park Drive in Castle Hill, is a nationally significant site, being one of the earliest and potentially least known Government Farms dating back to 1801. The farm was the staging point for the first-ever convict rebellion on Australian soil in 1804. The park is vast, with 20 hectares of rolling landscaped hills, plenty of green space and remnant Blue Gum forest – the trees really are beautiful!
Castle Hill Heritage Park has always been a lovely place for families to picnic, play, walk and learn about nature. In 2018 the playground underwent a major upgrade and is now one of the area’s best parks because of the facilities, space and natural beauty. The equipment is great for young kids (nothing too scary) and it’s located right next to a block of toilets. There are bbqs as well and often there will be social groups and families gathering and making the most of a gorgeous sunny day. The park’s expansive grass and the amazing trees surrounding the area make is very picturesque.
The main walking track has educational signs that follow a timeline history of the land, from use by the Dharug people through to establishment of the convict farm, church glebe, lunatic asylum, orchards and small farm holdings.
Playground logistics: There’s plenty of parking, shade in places, picnic tables, barbeques and toilets! It isn’t fully fenced but is set away from the carpark and road. There are no refreshments so grab a coffee on the way.
Key playground features include:
- flying fox (cable ride)
- double bay swing set with baby seats and toddlers seats
- nature play timber balance beams and sandstone stepping stones
- ‘heritage’ water pump leading into channels and a carved sandstone block for toddler water play
- large nest swing
- stainless steel tube slide with shade sail
- 3 way spring rocker
- safety surfacing
Address: Heritage Park Drive, Castle Hill (note: make sure you input this address when using Google Maps as the park has numerous entrances. This is the entrance where the carpark is and is closest to the playground.
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