If you’re looking for a place to settle with your family, Hornsby might be a great option for you. Its balanced mix of commercial and residential spaces provides you just about everything — there’s no need to cross other neighbourhood’s borders.
What we love about Hornsby
- Safe, family-friendly neighbourhood
- Close proximity to nature spots like mountains and forests
- Accessibility of amenities within the area
This guide will give you an overview of this charming Upper North Shore neighbourhood, so you can see for yourself what you might be in for.
Transportation at Hornsby
The Hornsby railway station provides locals access to a range of places: the nearby neighbourhoods, the centre, and even other cities. You’ll also have bus options both for short and long trips.
While you might not need to travel often, you know that you won’t have trouble doing so when necessary.
Schools at Hornsby
Hornsby is preferred by families largely because of its proximity to many good schools. There are public schools like the Hornsby North Public School and Hornsby South Public School. You can check out the full list of schools that are part of the Hornsby catchment area.
One sought after educational institution is Barker College, which caters to primary and secondary students and is famous for its excellent facilities.
There are also a whole host of classes that people of all ages can take at the Sydney Art School, whether for career or recreational purposes.
Shopping at Hornsby
Does it really have everything if it doesn’t have good shopping spots? Of course not!
Luckily for you, this neighbourhood has a number of big shopping malls that will cater to your retail and home needs.
Here are some of your best bets for shopping when you live in this neighbourhood:
Westfield is your one-stop location if you’re in a shopping mood. It has a plethora of stores, a food court with great options, and the cinema. It also has a Woolworths, making your grocery shopping extra convenient.
The Piazza Hornsby
For service stalls like salons, clinics, and shoe repairs, the Piazza is definitely your go-to. It also has specialty craft stores, and best of all, a massage parlor.
If you’re in for classic market-style shopping, you’ll want to pay regular visits to the Hornsby Mall. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the organic market stalls every Thursday, and homemade crafts and goods every first Saturday of the month held on Hornsby Mall grounds.
There are also events hosted at Hornsby Mall from time to time, where the community gathers for good music and a variety of other activities.
Nature at Hornsby
As we mentioned, this neighbourhood is about balance. While shopping is fun, it’s also good to take some time off and just unwind.
There are plenty of nature spots at Hornsby like the Lisgar Gardens, where you can take a moment and savour the beautiful sightings of camellias. There are also many areas in which you can go bushwalking.
Bikers can also challenge themselves by going on a 6-kilometre ride along the Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail. It’s a good way to have fun, exercise, and be challenged all at the same time.
Hornsby is a neighbourhood for those seeking to have easy access to everything they might need. It’s a low stress environment yet very enjoyable if you know where to look.
Our Area Profile of Hornsby provides more detailed information of the neighbourhood.
Originally published at Liveable.