Set amongst the bush, the playground at Fred Robertson Park looks right at home. Next to the playground is a large bush area that is a wonderful spot for building teepees, with lots of fallen branches to use and there are a few already there that you can renovate and add to. From here you can head along the kid-friendly Vineyard Creek bushwalk.
The reserve got even better when the great, family friendly Bells Road Social opened next to it. They even supply picnic rugs for use in the park and will bring your order to you at the playground! Plus the food is yummy and they have a kids menu. Keep in mind, they are CLOSED on Mondays.
And to make a visit to Fred Robertson Reserve just that bit more special, we added our street library there. You will find it at the entrance to Fred Robertson Reserve from Bells Road Social cafe.
Within the playground, there is a softfall ground and a small concrete scooter track around the outside of the play equipment.
The playground has:
- two swings, including a toddler seat
- climbing play gym, with slide, flag pole, rope climbing wall and shop
- mushroom stepping stones
There is also a covered picnic table and seating. And lots of bush to explore and play in. You may even find a teepee, or at least the remains of one which you can rebuild from. Plus some painted Parramatta Rocks lying around!
The Bells Road Social opened in December 2017 just on the other side of the small lane way next to the playground. They serve up some seriously delicious food. The staff are lovely, a lot of tables in the cafe have views out over the park and there is room for a pram or two. But the best bit for families is definitely that they will bring your order over to the playground. Plus, have picnic blankets available to use!
The street libraries are such an awesome way to share the joy of reading in our community. You can borrow or donate a book at anytime! The creation of the Helping Hands Street Library at Fred Robertson Reserve has been such a fabulous community effort. Thank you City of Parramatta Council for funding The Bower workshop where I made the street library and for installing it. And ParraParents is excited to partner with The Bells Road Social to help maintain the library.
Fred Robertson Reserve is along the Vineyard Creek Reserve bushwalk, which goes all the way up to Walter Brown Park. And along the walk, you can take a little detour and visit William Wade Reserve – it is about a 750m walk away.
Finding Fred Robertson Reserve
The park is along Kissing Point Road, near Dundas train station. The playground though is accessed from Bells Road, next to the little strip of shops, where there is street parking. You can also come by train from Dundas station or bus along Kissing Point Road.