The Hills District is great for families. Not only does it offer a great selection of public, private and independent schools, but residents can also enjoy all the conveniences of city living in a picturesque location.
Nestled between the Hawksbury River and the rolling hills of the Blue Mountains, the region offers a diverse range of National Parks, farmland, rivers, mountains, valleys, rural and cosmopolitan areas, providing an ideal family-friendly environment.
As Hills Shire Mayor, Yvonne Keane, stated in a recent media release, “We have rich open spaces, low crime, excellent schools and access to jobs and these attributes make The Hills an attractive place for couples to raise their children”.
The area is home to a vibrant community with a strong focus on family, evidenced by the range of community projects launched in recent months including:
- the Tree Frog and Lansdowne Road Reserve Playgrounds in North Kellyville
- the Junior learn-to-ride bike track at Twickenham Avenue Reserve
- the shared pedestrian and cycle bridge between Castle Hill and Rouse Hill as part of a larger cycleway network, and
- Livvi’s Place in Bernie Mullane Reserve, which was developed in consultation with the local community to provide a series of interactive spaces for children to play and learn.
There’s also plenty of things in the local area to keep the kids occupied, such as:
- The Little Gym (Bella Vista) – Offers classes, camps and parties filled with movement, music, learning and laughter for children from 4 months to 12 years.
- Flip Out (Castle Hill) – Australia’s first and largest trampoline playground, featuring extra-large trampolines, ball games and other events.
- Jigsaw Dance Studios (Kellyville/Castle Hill) – Offers classes for both boys and girls in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop (Funk), Acrobatics, Stretch/Flex/Relax, Gymnastics, Singing and Drama.
- Hills Sports Stadium (Castle Hill) – The home of the Hills Hornets Basketball Association, this multipurpose venue is used for a variety of sporting events of local, state, national and international standard.
- Castle Hill Indoor Sports Centre (Castle Hill) – Home to the ‘Kids Play Land’ play area as well as ‘Inflatable World’ which is the biggest indoor inflatable playground in Australia, the centre also offers a range of both junior and senior sporting competitions including cricket, soccer and netball competitions.
- Museums Discovery Centre (Castle Hill) – Home to the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Observatory, the museum features a diverse collection spanning fields including history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration, as well as a range of temporary exhibitions and events.
- The Edge Rock Climbing Centre (Castle Hill) – With over 120 climbs, the centre caters to everyone from 5 year olds to 85 year olds and features a high ropes challenge course, indoor cave, vertical logs challenge, bouldering, lead climbing and abseiling and rapelling tower.
- Peak Pursuits (Castle Hill) – This indoor recreational sports centre features a high ropes course, various vertical activities, the ‘leap of faith’, fun walls and much more.
- Kids Playland USA (Castle Hill) – An indoor play centre for children up to 5 years of age featruring a wide range of play equipment including games and toys, ball pits, cars, riders, climbing tumbles, jumping castles and more.
- Young Artists (Castle Hill) – Visual Arts School offering art classes for preschoolers, kindergarteners and teens that caters to all abilities
- Lollipops Playland and Café (Castle Hill) – Childrens indoor play centre and party venue featuring airplay with foam ball cannons, a tea cup ride, inflatable jumping castles, super high walk-bridge, speed slide, bouncy slide, ball pits, play-believe areas, ride-on cars and a dedicated toddler area.
- Sydney Hills Gymnastics (Castle Hill) – Offers a range of gymnastic programs such as Recreational, KinderGym, Gym Fun, Gym Skills and TeenGym for both boys and girls aged from 18 months to 18 years.
With a full calendar of family-friendly events, festivals, workshops and other initiatives running throughout the year in the Sydney Hills District, you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to raise children.