(11)Dural Antiques.... F.7.... (12)Dural Galleries.... F.8.... (13)"The Pines" Historic Home and Visitor Information Centre.... F.7.... (14)Golden Ridge Animal Farm.... F.7.... (25)Swane's Nursery.... F.7.... (26) Fagan Park.... F.6.... (27)Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery.... E.7.... (28)House of Herbs and Roses.... F.8.... (29)Dural Village Caravan Park.... E.8.... (30)Flower Power.... E.8.... (31)Hills Lodge Boutique Hotel....
(32)Dural Putt Putt in the Gardens.... F.7.... (33)Castle Hill Tavern.... E.8.... (34)The Hills Centre.... E.8.... (35)Baulkham Hills Shire Council Chambers.... E.8.... (35)Castle Hill RSL Club.... P.21Bonsai Koreshoff Nursery.... F.8.... (37)Cumberland State Forest Nursery/Walks.... F.9.... (38)Mt. Wilberforce Lookout.... F.9.... (39)Bidjigal Reserve.... E.9.... (40)Roxborough Park Rose Gardens.... E.9.... (41)Valentine Sports Park.... D.9....
D.7.... (43)Rouse Hill Regional Park.... C.7Porters Gallery.... E.6.... (44)Norwest Business Park.... D.8Crowne Plaza Norwest.... D.8.... (45)English Reflections Bed & Breakfast.... C.6.... (46)Bingletree Retreat.... C.6.... (47)Mitchell Park.... C.5 For more information about any of these interesting, fun, free activities and other great things to see and do in the Baulkham Hills Shire contact the friendly team at the Sydney Hills Visitor Information Centre.
Ah, the Hills District. Much like the seven hills of Ancient Rome, those who call these majestic slopes home are known to venture to distant lands (the CBD), battle monsters (the M2) and rock a mean gladiator sandal (Sportsgirl, Castle Towers, $69. 99). On the mysterious ‘other side of the bridge’ and with more shrubbery chit-chat than a Monty Python sketch, the Hills is Sydney's leafy 'burb, double-digit kilometres from the city and home to a kick-ass café or two.
You’ve heard, “So… you’re from Parramatta?” more times than you care to recall when describing your ‘burb. Your gratitude journal is filled to the brim thanks to The Baron and you’ll happily scoff a Baron Benny (smoked ham, brioche and a 63-degree egg) any day of the week. Sitting in traffic on Pennant Hills Road is something you do regularly.
Except the bike is on fire and you’re on fire and everything is on fire because you’re in hell. Your family have started comparing your love life to the M2: never finished. Carlingford Court Shopping Centre low-key scares you. Talk of single-storey dwellings from across the bridge are told as fables imploring children to behave: “Glebe apartments very rarely have guest rooms you know”.
Bonus points if you frequented ‘The Docks’. Double bonus points if you remember/pine for Timezone. Bella Vista and Rouse Hill will always be rolling fields of display homes as far as you’re concerned. You’re pretty sure you’ve met this mum at Cherrybrook shops. The 610 is your second, much seedier, home; and the reason for your debt-inducing Dettol addiction.
Yes, Youeni have ventured to Surry Hills—does it still count if it has ‘Hills’ in the name?—but their Life Extending Bowl is still the business. Your heart sinks a little knowing people’s perception of the ‘other side of the bridge’ barely even reaches your postcode. Someone once mentioned the words, ‘Bible belt’ but you’re still not entirely sure what it means.
You just about wept with happiness the day Crooked Tailor rolled into town with their polenta truffle chips and gin and tonic marshmallows. Years of birthday candle wishes and eyelash hoarding have paid off. A quick pop to the shops results in seeing every person you know i. e. school teachers, netball coaches, a fleeting love interest from the Castle Hill RSL and that one chick you see everywhere whose face looks super familiar.
You’ve received a couple lacklustre pats on the back for your suburbs’ burgeoning train line (to which you’ll still have the drive). Hillside Hotel has seen your rattier, tipsier side a few too many times. Its employees even made a speech at your 21st. You barely blink an eye at a driving time of 60 minutes.
There’s a rumour that every house in West Pennant Hills (your own personal OC) has a tennis court. You’re not yet convinced otherwise. Love the Hills? Here's everywhere you should have eaten. Image credit: Claudia Schmueli .
Castle Hill Library Libraries are great! And while we imagine that they would be anti noisy children, they actually love having kids around. The simple act of exploring and borrowing a library item is fun for kids. You can even time it with one of the reading sessions held for children.
Just don’t forget the returning part! There are libraries located at Rouse Hill, Castle Hill, Pennant Hills, Carlingford, Dural , Galston and Baulkham Hills. Reopened in January 2015, this is a great spot to cool off for free! They even have lifeguards. You can check their website to see if it’s open and they manage a water quality program to ensure the water’s safe.
For more information see here. Cumberland State Forest There are some beautiful bush walks in our area suitable for young children through to older ones. Read our story on kid friendly bush walks in the Hills here. Crestwood Reserve Baulkham Hills We have some great playgrounds in the Hills and they are all FREE! We compiled a list of what we consider to be the best in the Hills here.
e. most don’t have toilets) but we love them all the same. And then there is our full Hills District Mums Playground Handbook here. Quite a few even have bbqs, so you can pack a picnic and have sausage sizzle lunch or early dinner! Home Hub Castle Hill There are a few great play areas at our local shopping centres.
Ok, so technically this isn’t free as you often have to purchase an adult meal, but it does make for a cheaper night out. See our full list of places in or near the Hills that offer kids eat free deals here. Nurragingy Reserve Photo credit: Libby Grant Unfortunately there are no water playgrounds in the Hills as such, but there are 6 fairly close by.