North West & Hills District
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.