These days, the importance of getting fresh seasonal produce is always stressed not just for obvious reasons of excellent taste but for the best prices one can get. In short if you want the best value for your money, head on to the Markets every sewcond Saturday of the month at the Rouse Hill Town Centre, off Windsor Rd (this is just a five minute drive from us!) and you will be amazed at the quality of produce that abounds- green leafy vegetables, fruits in season usually freshly harvest a few minutes from the numerous farms and orchards dotting the Hawksbury region.
The markets start from 8 am to 1 pm so you have to be in early so you don't get diappointed.
PArking is very convenient with Rouse Hill Town Centre's modern parking system which shows exactly how many parking spaces left per parking lot around the area. For each block, each space overhead has a green light indicating the space is available and red light for occupied space obviously!
Aside from the fresh food, you can also grab lots of bites to eat so the choices are really endless- plus don't forget there's a great cup of coffee or tea offered by various cafes. bake shops, etc..so anything is there really! Morning tea is a breeze with Devonshire teas (scones with jam & cream & choice of English tea or brewed coffee).
Don't take my word for it, just remember the second Saturday (except for December) of each month and go!
What to buy: Fresh vegies and fruits in seasons plus heaps of preserved goods, jams, marmalades, pies, cheeses, deli, etc. We love the home made vintage cheeses and even the big buckets of honey at around $7.50 is a bargain!
So just browse and you won't be sorry! If anything, there's always the nearby supermarkets of Woolies and Coles plus numverous boutiques, stores and many specialty shops at the Centre to keep you busy.
What to pay: Be surprised- from less than a dollar for a kilo of carrots (depending on the season of course) or lemons (freshly harvested), etc.
Sometimes if you are lucky, some growers give their produce for FREE like the pumpkins from one over harvested farm!
This is a huge shopping mall with a wide variety of shops, specialty clothing stores, department stores,at least three supermarkets, fruit and meat markets, plus boutiques from moderately priced to breaking the bank sort of shopping so prepare yourself. It can be crowded especially during weekends and peak hours during the week but try to go after 10 am weekdays and you might get lucky to get parking. The latter is still free so that is a bonus as most shopping centres in the greater Sydney area up to western and nw Sydney are charging parking fees these days, with only under three hours free.
Cinemas, restaurants of all sorts, fast food, etc abound so you will only be limited by your pockets or bank balanced, I should say!
If you ever get tired, there are plenty of cosy leather lounges all over the mall to rest your weary bodies!
What to buy: Clothes, for all ages, as the latest fashion is always represented here by lots of well-known designers , even for shoes and handbags. If you want good value for money there are BIG W, KMART and Reject shop. Asian goods and foodstuffs are also available here.
What to pay: Expect to pay from $10 for sale items and sky's the limit for the trendy and brand name clothes, shoes and accessories!
Greenwood Plaza is a shopping centre. For some reason VT have not included this as a type of shopping experience.
What to buy: With over 100 retail stores, Greenwood Plaza offers an outstanding selection of fine fashion and accessories for men and women as well as delicious fresh food, stunning giftware and a full range of services.
What to pay: This shopping centre is aimed at the middle to upper class so the products and prices are reflected accordingly.