Sydney/Hills District

Hills and Hawkesbury is the largely residential area to the north west of the city centre and north of Macquarie Park. It includes the Hills District area around Castle Hill and Baulkham Hills and the semi-rural areas around Dural and Galston.

Understand

The Hills District has been gradually metamorphosing from a more-or-less rural area to a part of suburban Sydney over the past 30 years, so you will encounter elements of both lifestyles here. Travelers may be more interested in the rural qualities and, especially, the nearby National and Regional Parks. However, it can be very convenient indeed to have access to the 'creature comforts' of civilization that are right next door in a modern city of more than 4 million people. Once the main vegetable growing region for Sydney, The Hills District continues to be the centre for plant nurseries, both large and small. You can still find vegetables and flowers for sale alongside the road in many places. Lots of people drive out to the northwest on weekends, visiting antique shops and art galleries and checking out the local markets. Increasing numbers of private schools, alternative centres, churches, etc. have re-located here. Traffic is therefore steadily increasing, but most of the area still has a rural feel, especially at its outer edges. In short, you can enjoy the bush and still have wireless internet and a good cappuccino!

Official Tourist Information

Get in

Outer areas such as the Hills District are less well serviced, with no train service at all. The most convenient railway station is located at Pennant Hills, however, in general, it's much more convenient to have your own car for travelling around the area.

By car

The area is connected to Sydney City by the Gore Hill Freeway, Lane Cove Tunnel and M2 Motorway. Travel outside of peak hour if possible, as the roads get congested during the commute hours into Sydney.

By bus

Hillsbus services the area. There are several buses from the city centre (610 610x 612 612x 619 etc etc) which run frequently at 1 every 10 minutes in peak periods, but less so otherwise. It runs connecting buses to stations at Parramatta, Seven Hills, Pennant Hills. It also runs services directly to the Sydney City.

The transport infoline will calculate the end-to-end trip details for you.

See

History

West of Parramatta out to the Nepean and Hawkesbury was the site of some of Sydney's most important colonial development. The earliest colonialists built their first roads and railways here, away from the barren ground of Sydney Town to the fertile plains to the west. Those free settlers and ticket-of-leave convicts made their fortunes here, building estates and mansions to emulate the landed gentry of England - a place that they still considered themselves very much a part of. This is where the convicts of the Irish rebellion tried to overthrow the government and were slaughtered. This is where the Aboriginal people saw their hunting grounds taken from them, and mounted some resistance with their spears against the British guns.

However, much of what was here is lost underneath the Sydney suburban sprawl. Some of Australia's most significant history is open to be visited. Convict built roads can be walked, and colonial mansions and properties remain. Much is under the shopping malls carparks - only found in history books.

Art Studios


Wildlife

Do

Parks and gardens

Sports

Leisure

Buy

Local produce

Shopping Centres

There are several large shopping centres in the area.

Antiques

Nurseries

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Go next

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