All About The Train Park West Hobart (aka Caldew Park)

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When we moved back to Hobart with our kids, there were very few parks I remembered and sought out. The “Train Park West Hobart” was right at the top of that list.

An iconic park when I was growing up, I was happy to find it still existed. And while the old traction engine is now gone, this park is definitely still at the top of my list for parks to visit in central Hobart with lots of cute areas and things to do for kids, particularly of the preschooler variety.

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Below, you will find more information about where to find the train park Hobart and our full review along with many photos so you can make the decision if it’s worth visiting with your family.

Caldew Park Hobart Location

Officially called Caldew Park (train park is simply it’s colloquial name), this park is in West Hobart on the corners of Hill Street and Warwick Street under two kilometres from the centre of Hobart. It’s easy to find and we haven’t had any problems parking on the surrounding streets.

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Train Park West Hobart Review

The Train Park first rose to fame among preschoolers thanks to its traction engine built into a wooden play structure. In 2003, the park was upgraded. The engine went but the train theme remained with new play structures and train theming built in.

Play Areas

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For a smaller park, there are lots of different play areas here that aren’t obvious at first glance.

First of all, there is a train play area perfect for toddlers with places to climb and hide and pretend you are driving a train. Next door are some swing sets.

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In the centre of the park, is a tricycle track, again with a train theme thanks to tracks being painted on them.

The main play area has slides, climbing frames and more for slightly older kids.

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The kids will also love some bigger slides built into the hill. My 4 year old was initially scared to try the big one but then loved it.

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Finally, along the top area, there is also a path with painted Australian animals and various small play equipment.

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Fun Factor

The fun factor is high here! The different play areas and attractions make it easy for kids to play for a long time without being bored. There’s lots of explore and many hiding places and areas to run.

It’s best suited to preschoolers and younger school kids.

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There are some great facilities here with undercover tables, free electric BBQs and a cute looking toilet. It’s a great place for a picnic. The park is fully fenced.

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Final Words

I love visiting this park with my kids. It’s tons of fun, fully fenced with lots of different areas to play. Even my older kids (8 and 10) are happy here for awhile.

If you can snag a BBQ, it’s also a great place to have lunch, relax and enjoy the day with a group.

Looking for more fun things to do in Hobart? Find them here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon grew up in Tasmania, moved away and then came back with her family twenty years later. She loves re-discovering her home state and sharing it with you here.