Robin Hood Park is well hidden from the road ( one of our top 30 hidden gem parks and playgrounds in and around Parramatta). There is only a wide concrete path inviting you down for a visit. There is no park name sign. Just a bin and a standard local council ‘what you can and can’t do in parks’ sign – but it is facing away from the street.
Walking down the path, you are greeted by a bush park with lots of trees and a colour playground near. There is a rock face wall around one side and Toongabbie Creek over on the other, with access to the Redbank Track.
The playground has a path around it for riding on and a bark ground. There are lots of trees to explore near the playground and natural shade in the afternoon.
The play equipment consists of:
- climbing play gym with two slides, tunnel, bridge, climbing sides, abacus and shop
- two swings, one with toddler seat
Nearby to the playground is a bubbler, covered picnic table and park benches.
Redbank Track Bushwalk
The Redbank Track travels along Toongabbie Creek, and runs through Robin Hood Park. The walk goes from Hammers Road in Northmead, around to Redbank Road, near Ultimate Sydney – the indoor trampoline play centre. And is 3.5km in length and joins up with the Governor Phillip walk.
We have just walked from Robin Hood Park to Old Windsor Road and then back to the playground. This took us about 25mins one way with LOTS of playing along the way. We have also just discovered that if you continue under the Windsor Road bridge a bit further, you will get to Alice Watkins Reserve.
The entrance to the Redbank Track at Robin Hood Park is opposite the playground in the right corner (when you have the playground to your back and are looking at the creek). From here the track is wide and mostly flat, travelling between the creek and houses. In this section, you could easily have a pram until over half way along to Old Windsor Road. The path then narrows and gets a bit more rocky. There are also a few little wooden bridges to cross.
Along the way you will see other entry/ exit points for the walk from Sherwood Street and Forest Close. There is a lot of things to see and collect along the way, like pine cones and cicada shells, and plenty of nature play to be had. Keep in mind that the creek is never far away but there is usually bush in between.
We stopped for some lunch near the bridge on Old Windsor Road and then headed back to the playground for another play and to collect sticks.
Looking forward to heading under the bridge next time and exploring further along. For ideas on other kid friendly bushwalks, see our list with 14 others in the local area.
Finding Robin Hood Park
There is no park sign marking the entrance to Robin Hood Park and it is easy to miss. The path down to the park is located between houses 15 and 17 Hood Street in Northmead. There is street parking or you could catch a bus along Hammers Road (606).