The Walka Water Works Complex is a beautiful spot for a family picnic. There’s a playground, picnic tables, BBQs and plenty of space to kick a ball around or bowl a few overs of cricket. Bring a kayak and paddle out on the lake to see some of the 300 bird species up close or traverse the 12 kilometres of walking and cycling tracks.
The Walka waterworks was originally built as the water supply for Newcastle, Maitland and lower Hunter Valley. The pump house built in 1887 is an impressive ornate structure. Sadly, the museum and café within the pumphouse are no longer operating.
On Sundays, take a ride on the Walka trains. From 11 a.m. (weather permitting), the Walka Miniature Train operates and is a lovely family excursion. The cost is $3 per passenger regardless of age and closed footwear is required. As these are miniature trains, there are no seats. Instead, passengers straddle a centre bench. Parents will need to hold on to younger children.
The 2 kilometre train trip which takes approximately 20 minutes meanders right along the lake’s edge. Kids will love the experience; The train driver blowing his whistle to begin and end the journey, the breeze through their hair and birds scattering as the train rides by.
Address: 55 Scobies Lane Oakhampton Heights NSW
Hours: 7 Days a Week 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Daylight Saving 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: Yes
Picnic Facilities: Picnic tables and park benches
Café Nearby: No