Set amongst the bush, the playground at Fred Robertson Reserve 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. There’s usually already a teepee there that you can renovate and add to… or create your own to start a little village. 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 in December 2017. Pre-covid, they supplied picnic rugs for use in the park and would bring your order to you at the playground! Plus the food is yummy and they have a kids menu. New owners took over Bells Road Social cafe in July 2021 and the cafe is currently open for take away daily.
To make a visit to Fred Robertson Reserve just that bit more special, we added our Helping Hands Street Library there in May 2018. You will find it at the entrance to Fred Robertson Reserve from Bells Road Social cafe.
The playground at Fred Robertson Reserve is only small and best suited to young kids. There’s a softfall rubber ground and a concrete scooter/ bike 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
This usually naturally shady playground gotten even shadier in 2020 with the addition of a shade sail over the climbing play gym.
There’s 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 delicious food and drinks. The staff are lovely, a number of tables in the cafe have views out over the park and there’s 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!
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. I try to make sure about 50% of the books are for kids and you are welcome to donate or take books whenever you like.
Fred Robertson Reserve is along the Vineyard Creek Reserve bushwalk, which goes all the way up to Walter Brown Park, past the reservoir, where you’ll find the yummy Queen’s Cup Cafe. Or you can exit at Robert Street and walk to Telopea, where you’ll find Courtyard Dining and Espresso – so you can start and end your walk at a cafe!
There are also two small waterfalls to enjoy along Vineyard Creek after rain.
Plus, along the walk, you can take a little detour and visit William Wade Reserve, where you’ll find a fun boat themed playground for little ones. It’s about a 750m walk from Fred Robertson Reserve.
Finding Fred Robertson Reserve
The park is along Kissing Point Road, a short walk from Dundas station (which is currently closed due to the construction of the Parramatta Light Rail). The playground though is accessed from Bells Road, next to Bells Road Cafe and a little strip of shops. There’s street parking along Bells Road as well as the little lane and surrounding streets.
You can also get to Fred Robertson Reserve by bus along Kissing Point Road. And once the light rail opens in 2023, you will be able to catch it to Dundas station and walk down.