The area to the north west of Sydney between Sydney and the Hawkesbury River has for many years been prime agricultural land. It was here that the first convict farms beyond Sydney and Parramatta were established to feed the starving colony of New South Wales in the early 19th century. It is only in recent years that this pleasantly undulating country appropriately known these days as the Hills District has become part of the Sydney metropolitan area and is today among the fastest growing, most popular regions in the Sydney basin.
In spite of the development, the district has retained much of its rural, easygoing charm and offers a wide variety of leisure activities including team sports, bushwalking, horseriding and the discovery of the area s convict past and diverse natural history.
How To Get There
By road: James Ruse Drive via Parramatta Road gives access to the Hills District from Sydney s inner West. From Parramatta, travel north along Church Street. Pennant Hills Road passes through the north-eastern section of the Hills District towards the Upper North Shore. Windsor Road takes the traveller in a north westerly direction towards the Upper Hawkesbury Region. Alternatively, cross the Harbour Bridge and continue along the Warringah Freeway until it becomes Epping Road. Continue along Epping Road into Beecroft Road or take the M2 Motorway at North Ryde.
By train: Sydney s north western suburbs are serviced by two railway lines. The Central Coast line passes through the Epping/Eastwood/Pennant Hills area on its way to Hornsby via Strathfield. Hawkesbury River station at Brooklyn is the only stop in the Hawkesbury River area on the Central Coast line. The Western line branches at Blacktown for a pleasant semi-rural journey through Sydney's north west to Richmond and Windsor on the Hawkesbury.