From the Mayor's Desk - Explore The Hills This Winter

Published on 23 May 2017

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A message from Mayor of the Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane


Explore The Hills this winter

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you at home!

We have a wonderful Shire with plenty of great natural scenery, events and activities to keep you entertained and out exploring the great outdoors this winter.

Lace-up your joggers and experience one of the many scenic tracks, trails and parks available in the region. The national parks and forests are home to native wildlife, waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and remnants from our early colonial past.

We have oodles of beautiful recreational locations to relax and unwind with an abundance of cycleways and walking tracks to keep you fit, happy and healthy.

And best of all, our parks provide a great opportunity to roll out a blanket and enjoy a picnic with your nearest and dearest.

My pick for the month is Alfred Henry Whaling Memorial Reserve and Rose Garden in Baulkham Hills.

The seven hectare park boasts a premiere athletics facility, children’s playground, swimming pool complex and a beautiful garden with more than 100 species of roses. 

Or, if you love history, The Hills enjoys an abundance of significant buildings and sites which provide a unique glimpse into our colonial past.

Why not take a trip back in time with a tour at Bella Vista Farm, Roughley House and The Pines or Aberdoon House. Time your visit well and you could attend a theatrical interpretative experience that really gives you a feel for how it was. Enlightening and engaging!

You could follow every twist and turn of the Hawkesbury River during a scenic country drive along one of the oldest roads in Australia. Experience the days of the stockman at Tobruk Sydney as you follow the Great North Road - Australia’s only convict built road which remains in its original state.

Nothing stirs the imagination to life like a walk through The Museums Discovery Centre, where you will find hundreds of treasures on display. Or you could lose yourself in one of our local libraries.

Not only will you discover a great book to read, there are plenty of author meet and greets, storytime activities and clubs to meet and make new friends.

In fact we have co-founder and creative director of the Mamamia Women’s Network (MWN), Mia Freedman, visiting Vinegar Hill Memorial Library (Rouse Hill Library) on June 7 to promote her new book, Work Strife Balance.

To add to the line-up, we also have famed poet David Ades reading a selection of poems, followed by a Q&A session at Dural Library on June 20.

David is the author of Mapping the World, Afloat in Light and Only the Questions Are Eternal. Widely published and anthologised, his poems have won or been highly placed in several literary awards.

There is something for everybody to enjoy in The Hills this winter. I look forward to sharing some of these wonderful places and events with you in the coming weeks.

For further information on our events and activities, please make sure you check out The Hills Shire Council’s website,