Located in the Hills District of Sydney, Rouse Hill is a historic suburb with some modern touches making for a perfect day out. The traditional custodians of the area are the Darug People of the Darug Country.
To start your day, head to the Rouse Hill Regional Park located on Worchester Road. With gates open from 8 am-5 pm (8 pm during daylight savings) the Regional Park is the largest green space within Rouse Hill. With BBQ facilities, private pavilions for hire walks to take, and even a maze to get lost in, the parklands become the perfect place to spend half a day exploring and relaxing.
Check out the Rouse Hill Estate Walk which can be found within the parklands. A short stroll, the walk gives you a view of the historic Rouse Hill Estate. The loop track takes you to the grounds of the old Rouse Hill House and Farm. Currently maintained by the Historic Houses Trust, the historic house and farm was built between 1813 to 1818 and has been owned by over six generations of family.
The site of the estate was also home to the first battle fought on Australian soil between government troops and rebel forces of European heritage, convicts. While walking, take note of the signage dotted throughout to give you a greater understanding of the site.
After the Rouse Hill Estate Walk, feel free to spend more time exploring the parklands or head on the second walking track, Second Ponds Creek Walk. If you are ready for a meal, jump back in the car and drive down Windsor Road to The Fiddler Hotel.
With a multitude of dining options and spaces to relax in, you will be sure to find a space perfect for an intimate dining experience tucked in the heritage building, or an outdoor table so the whole gang can spread out!
Previously known as ‘Royal Oak Inn’ when it was built in 1829, the interior of The Fiddler maintains this typical Irish Pub vibe through the décor and layout of the space. Be sure to have a walk around the interior of the building and take note of the clever and quirky furnishings that can be found throughout, such as the puzzles and board games on the roof and walls.
If you are after a more casual relaxed atmosphere, head out into one of the many outdoor locations such as The Beer Garden, The Veranda, or The Courtyard. With a selection of pub favourites and some specialty items, there is sure to be something on the menu for everyone, whether you are here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
After finishing up at The Fiddler, head on over to the Rouse Hill Town Centre. Unlike many other shopping centres in Australia, the Rouse Hill Town Centre is a real town centre, with streets centred around a town square and a mix of outdoor dining and shopping. Built with four main quadrants all housing a varying selection of shops, the town centre is a cool place to explore.
If you are feeling peckish after exploring and shopping your way through the Town Centre, be sure to check out one of the many eateries within the food terrace such as Kaito Japanese Kitchen or P’Nut Street Noodles.
The Rouse Hill Town Centre is located adjacent to the newly completed Metro Station connecting you all the way through to Chatswood. If the Metro is not convenient for you, there is plenty of street parking and car parks throughout the Town Centre and surrounding streets.