Secrets of The Sydney Hills

Want to know a secret? These great experiences are close to home, just waiting to be discovered.

Mist on Wiseman’s Ferry

Wake up before dawn and head to Wiseman’s Ferry for the unforgettable experience of watching mist rise over the mighty Hawkesbury River. The head back to town and browse through the art gallery and shops.

Where: Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry.

History at Balcombe Heights Estate

Did you know this place was once used as a hospital during World War II? Take a stroll through this hidden gem and soak up the history of the former Masonic School for orphans (now community rooms), remember our fallen at the two war memorials and memorial avenue of trees, or simply enjoy the picnic areas, playgrounds and walking paths.

Where: Seven Hills Road, Baulkham Hills.

Bunya Pines at Bella Vista Farm Park

Established in the late 1700s, Bella Vista Farm’s homestead features a driveway lined with distinctive-looking Bunya Pines. The historic homestead can be viewed on monthly open days.

Where: Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista.

Everyone can play at Bernie Mullane Reserve

An award-winning all-abilities playground, featuring a liberty swing and accessible roundabout, is just one of the features of this urban oasis. An indoor sports and fitness centre with café, tennis courts, barbecues, netball courts and walking tracks make this an extremely family friendly park.

Where: Marella Ave, Kellyville

Free trees from the Community Nursery

Bidjiwong Community Nursery is a place where you can not only collect up to four free plants; you can volunteer to help with propagating native plants.

Where: Ted Horwood Reserve, Renown Rd, Baulkham Hills

Walk to a waterfall

Experience serenity at Hunts Creek. Start at the end of Norfolk Place and step into the bush. It’s just a short 100m walk to a tumbling waterfall.

Where: Norfolk Place, Carlingford

Afternoon sun at Hawkins Lookout

Watch the colours in the mountains change in the afternoon sun as you enjoy expansive views of the Hawkesbury River and beyond.

Where: Old Northern Road just before the descent into Wisemans Ferry.