As Martin above said, the David Road (Oakhill/Castle Hill) area is by far the best suburb. Classy, newly built homes (such as closer to the primary school) or lovely, large family homes (such as further up, towards New Line Road). You have the local Oakhill shops within easy walking distance (which features a newsagency, grocery store, bakery, pool store, restaurant, preschool, etc.), several parks with playground equipment for the kids, bike paths, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc., two nearby primary schools (one literally a short walk away, the other a 5 minute maximum walk), as well as a highly sought after High School which achieves fantastic results in both academic and non-academic (such as sporting, community recognition, volunteering, fundraising, etc.).
In summary, the Oakhill area not only features everything a family could ever need (a wide selection of shops, schools, playgrounds, etc.) and an amazing sense of community, it also boasts a fantastic reputation, and is definitely a highly sought after area.
Surry Hills is home to many of Sydney’s most exciting contemporary art galleries, such as the sophisticated Michael Reid Sydney on Kippax Street, the Brett Whiteley Studio on Raper Street (the actual home and studio of the acclaimed Aussie artist), and the hip m2 Gallery, which is a lively space just a short stroll from Central Station, where visitors can check out the work of established and up-and-coming local artists.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Tel: +61-2-9651-4411. Free tourist information about the area. Map of Sydney/Hills District Outer areas such as the Hills District are less well serviced. 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.
Travel outside of peak hour if possible, as the roads get congested during the commute hours into Sydney. As of December 2017, the closest train stations to the area are Pennant Hills (T1) and Carlingford (T6), although generally speaking you are better off taking an express bus from the Sydney city or Parramatta.
Hillsbus services the area. Castle Hill (location of a future metro station) can be considered the main hub, with buses from the Sydney City centre (610 610x 612 612x 619 etc) which run frequently at around every 10 minutes in peak periods. There are also connections from Castle Hill Parramatta, Seven Hills, Pennant Hills and others.
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 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.
, 356 Annangrove Rd Rouse Hill, ☏ , fax: +61 2 4729 4193, ✉ . Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4pm. Muru Mittigar is an indigenous cultural education centre, featuring short tours and talks on such subjects as traditional use of plants, art designs and dance. Bookings essential. Walking trails leading to the can be entered at the very end of Quarry Road, Dural.