Rouse Hill Estate walk

Rouse Hill Regional Park

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Overview

Take a short stroll along Rouse Hill Estate walk for a glimpse into the history of the area. If you’ve got time, explore the house on a guided tour.

Where
Rouse Hill Regional Park
Distance
1km one-way
Time suggested
15 - 45min
Grade
Grade 5
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water

Rouse Hill Estate walk is a short walk that takes you near the grounds of the old Rouse Hill House and Farm. Even though this track doesn't have directional signage and is Grade 5, you'll still find it an easy stroll for the whole family.

The house was built between 1813 and 1818, and several generations descended from civil servant and grazier Richard Rouse, lived here until the 1980's; it’s now maintained by the Historic Houses Trust.

Get the kids to take a break from the adventure playground for a wander into history. If you have time, take a guided tour to explore the time-warped rooms of the house, the ancient garden, stables, outbuildings and historic machinery.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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/walking-tracks/rouse-hill-estate-walk/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 Rouse Hill Estate walk.

Track grading

Grade 5

Learn more about the grading system Features of this track
  • Time

    15 - 45min

  • Quality of markings

    No directional signage

  • Gradient

    Short steep hills

  • Distance

    1km one-way

  • Steps

    Occasional steps

  • Quality of path

    Formed track, some obstacles

  • Experience required

    No experience required

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. The track begins at the carpark and leads back towards the picnic area near the park entrance.

    Park entry points

    Parking

     Parking is available at the picnic area carpark

    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

    • There are rainwater tanks, but it is recommended that you boil this water before drinking.
    • Please take your rubbish with you when you leave the park.

    Toilets

    Toilet facilities are located near the entry to the carpark.

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    Bushwalking safety

    If you're keen to head out on a longer walk or a backpack camp, always be prepared. Read these bushwalking safety tips before you set off on a walking adventure in national parks.

    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).

    Permitted

    Pets

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

    Prohibited

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Nearby towns

    Parramatta (16 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 (0 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 (35 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 Estate walk 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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