Address: Cnr Windsor Road and White Hart Drive
Rouse Hill NSW 2155.
At a Glance:
Opening Times: See centre's website
Kiosk or Cafe: Yes
Age Suitability: All ages
Description: This thriving shopping centre was built with families in mind. The centre is organised in four quarters, separated by two streets – Main Street, and Civic Way. The footpaths are wide offering plenty of space for a pram and traffic is minimal.
The centre has been built as a town centre, rather than a shopping centre and, as such, it has a community feel. It is a great place to catch up for a coffee, or a long lunch, and of course a stroll through the shops.
There are ample eateries, for all tastes and budgets, from a large, airy food court, through to cafes, coffee shops and restaurants.
Much of Rouse Hill Town Centre is open air, with retractable roofing providing protection from the elements.
The centre includes a number of play areas.
“The Backyard” is an outdoor space designed for children eight and under. It is fully fenced and covered by shade cloth. This colourful play area looks like a futuristic garden. The kids will love running up and down the hilly ground (which tires out little legs). The slippery dip is a perennial favourite with the kids, and the climbing equipment and balance bar will also keep them occupied. For the smaller tots there are a number of sensory boards at the back of the play area.
Climbing equipment in "The Backyard"
For Mums and Dads who need a coffee (or chocolate) fix “The Backyard” is overlooked by two cafes, Oliver Brown Chocolate Café and Blends & Bros (which includes a barbershop).
If “The Backyard” isn’t for you, there is a smaller outdoor play area at the back of the food court, and a quieter roof top terrace (up a set of stairs near the Town Square) called “The Secret Garden”.
If visiting on a hot day the Town Square has a fountain as well as interactive water jets (although they were not operating when the writer visited). These water features are surrounded by seating, so parents can keep as eye on their children while they play.
The fountain in Town Square
For those with very young children, Rouse Hill Town Centre has several parenting rooms. Each of these has a gated play area, a microwave and facilities for feeding.
Check the Rouse Hill Town Centre website before you visit for what’s on, as the centre often hosts markets and special events (e.g. Christmas Markets and Classic Car shows), and also runs a school holiday programme.
Ample parking is available in the centre’s carpark.