Rouse Hill picnic area and playground

Rouse Hill Regional Park

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Overview

Dog-friendly Rouse Hill Regional Park is a great day out – enjoy a barbecue, walk or bike ride and let the kids explore the playground. It’s great for a birthday party.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Rouse Hill Regional Park
Accessibility
Easy
Price
Free
Please note
  • Please take your rubbish with you when you leave the park.
  • There are rainwater tanks, but it is recommended that you boil this water before drinking.

Rouse Hill picnic area and playground makes for a perfect family day out. When the kids have had enough of monkeying around on the swings, slides, maze, playhouses and rope bridge, they can ride their bikes or rollerblade around the paths, play ball games or relax at the picnic shelters while their lunch cooks on the barbecue.

Older children will enjoy the separate adventure playground and there is plenty of space for bikes and scooters. It’s a great spot for a birthday party — there’s room for everyone, with big picnic tables to fit in all your guests.

Plus, the park is dog-friendly, so you can bring your four-legged friends along to walk beside you.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/picnic-areas/rouse-hill-picnic-area-and-playground/local-alerts

General enquiries

Park info

  • in Rouse Hill Regional Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Rouse Hill Regional Park opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about the Rouse Hill picnic area and playground.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    On entering Rouse Hill Regional Park from the Worcester Road entrance, follow the road to its end at the carpark.

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at the Rouse Hill picnic area and playground carpark, including several designated disabled spots.

    Best times to visit

    Rouse Hill Regional Park is a great place to visit all year round. Head to the park for an early morning jog in spring, a weekend picnic in the winter sun or enjoy a day of bike riding in autumn.

    Weather, temperature and rainfall

    Summer temperature

    Average

    17°C and 28°C

    Highest recorded

    41.7°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    4°C and 19°C

    Lowest recorded

    –3.9°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    February

    Driest month

    July

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    250mm

    Facilities

    Toilets

    Toilet facilities are available at the oval.

    Picnic tables

    Barbecue facilities

    • Gas/electric barbecues (free)

    Carpark

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Mobile safety

    Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

    River and lake safety

    The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - easy

    This area is fully wheelchair accessible

    • Wheelchair accessible toilets are available at the oval

    Permitted

    Pets

    You can walk your dog at this location. See other regional parks in NSW that have dog walking areas.

    Dogs are permitted in this part of the park – you will need to keep them on a leash at all times and remember to pick up after them.

    Please note that dogs are not permitted in the pavilions.

    Prohibited

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Parramatta (40 km)

    Parramatta offers a fascinating insight into early colonial life in Australia. Don't miss a visit to Old Government House, now one of 11 Australian Convict Sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

    www.sydney.com

    Rouse Hill (30 km)

    Located north-west of the Sydney CBD in the Hills District, Rouse Hill is home to Rouse Hill Regional Park, where you can take your dog for a walk, enjoy a picnic with family and friends, and even hire an outdoor wedding venue.

    www.thehills.nsw.gov.au

    Sydney City Centre (41 km)

    No trip to Sydney is complete without spending some time in the city’s beautiful parks. Whether it’s in central areas like Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens or further out in Centennial Parklands, there’s plenty of green space to go out and enjoy.

    www.sydney.com

    Learn more

    Rouse Hill picnic area and playground is in Rouse Hill Regional Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Beautiful venue

    Fibrosa Pavillion, Rouse Hill Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    If you're looking for a memorable location for your wedding or special event, think about hiring the Crebra or Fibrosa Pavilions. These fabulous open pavilions sit strikingly in the landscape, allowing your guests to enjoy the surroundings while being sheltered from the elements. Every weekend Rouse Hill Regional Park is full of the sounds of families enjoying themselves riding bikes around the trails, clambering about the adventure playground, enjoying a kids' party at the barbecues and taking the dog for a walk. There's plenty of room to stretch your legs in the wide open spaces; once the paddocks of Rouse Hill House.

    • Fibrosa and Crebra Pavilions Fibrosa and Crebra Pavilions are great locations for a family celebration or birthday party. Perfect for small or large gatherings, there are picnic tables and barbecues surrounded by green space.
    • Rouse Hill picnic area and playground Dog-friendly Rouse Hill Regional Park is a great day out – enjoy a barbecue, walk or bike ride and let the kids explore the playground. It’s great for a birthday party.

    Woodland surrounds

    Ironbark Ridge, Rouse Hill Regional Park. Photo: John Yurasek

    Angophora species such as broad-leaved apple trees and eucalypt varieties like grey box and forest red gum are prevalent throughout Cumberland Plain woodland, supported by Rouse Hill Regional Park. Other endangered ecological communities found in the area include shale sandstone transition forest and Sydney coastal river-flat forest. Rouse Hill Regional Park is also a significant home to local endangered microbats, such as the fishing bat.

    • Second Ponds Creek walk Go for a bike ride or take your dog for a walk along the short Second Ponds Creek walk in Rouse Hill Regional Park. It’s a great way to start or finish to your picnic.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Brush tail possum. Photo: Ken Stepnell

      Common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

      One of the most widespread of Australian tree-dwelling marsupials, the common brushtail possum is found across most of NSW in woodlands, rainforests and urban areas. With strong claws, a prehensile tail and opposable digits, these native Australian animals are well-adapted for life amongst the trees.

    • Tawny frogmouth. Photo: Rosie Nicolai

      Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

      Found throughout Australia, the tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl due to its wide, powerful beak, large head and nocturnal hunting habits. The ‘oom oom oom’ call of this native bird can be heard echoing throughout a range of habitats including heath, woodlands and urban areas.

    • Superb fairy wren. Photo: Ingo Oeland

      Superb fairy wren (Malurus cyaneus)

      The striking blue and black plumage of the adult male superb fairy wren makes for colourful bird watching across south-eastern Australia. The sociable superb fairy wrens, or blue wrens, are Australian birds living in groups consisting of a dominant male, mouse-brown female ‘jenny wrens’ and several tawny-brown juveniles.

    Environments in this park

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