Swimming into the wild

December 20, 2016

If you love swimming in the Hawkesbury river right on our doorstep, try these secluded swimming spots, perfect for a day trip from Vermont… Discovery, adventure and getting out in nature – there’s nothing like diving into a natural, secluded swimming hole, say Rachel and Andy Lewis, who have a passion for pools and run... Read More >

Build a backyard haven

December 19, 2016

Get the most out of outdoor spaces We should treat our outdoor spaces the same as our indoor spaces in terms of creating different spaces and functional dynamics, says Matt Leacy.  “The same way that you have a kitchen area, a casual lounge area and a playroom indoors, you can create equivalent areas outdoors that... Read More >

Hawkesbury mayor looks to the future

December 13, 2016

Planning opportunities and a strong future for the Hawkesbury region are at the forefront for recently elected Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett. “My aim is to secure and develop a strong and viable future for the Hawkesbury,” she says. “One of the new Council’s first tasks will be to consider the results of the... Read More >

Values of up to $2m at Blighton

December 6, 2016

Ten prestigious blocks have now been released within Blighton precinct Vermont estate, according to Keith Johnson, Managing Director of Johnson Property Group. “Blighton is well underway, with civil works, construction and landscaping complete,” says Keith. “The estate is maturing and we are pleased to see sales within the newly released Blighton precinct selling up to... Read More >

Bennetts live the resort life at Bona Vista

November 29, 2016

With a waterfall cascading from the roof, a pool and giant timber deck, Danielle and Mark Bennett are loving their holiday-style home at Bona Vista! The closeness of family and friends, the spacious blocks and sense of community drew Danielle and Mark to build at Vermont three years ago, they say. “I had lived in... Read More >

The joy of growing your own

November 8, 2016

You can get it all There is not much that isn’t available in spring! Local farms would be picking fresh herbs, Asian greens, broccoli, spring onions, tomatoes, beetroot, kale and spinach. Citrus fruits are still abundant and early nectarines, peaches, melons, grapes and strawberries add plenty of variety to fruit plates. My home veggie garden... Read More >

Teen queen Brittnee goes back to school

November 1, 2016

Miss Teen Galaxy 2016 finalist Brittnee Sheath says she’s hanging up her evening gown for a while to focus her attention on school. Brittnee, 17, goes to Windsor High School and says that as she’ll be studying for her HSC next year, she would like to put her energy into that. “I’ve loved competing in Miss... Read More >

Hills Shire Times: Pitt town continues to attract families seeking new homes and a quieter lifestyle

October 28, 2016

Land sales in historic Pitt Town continue to attract a premium as families seek new homes and a quieter lifestyle in housing developments close to the Hawkesbury River, writes Katrina Creer. It is one of NSW’s oldest suburbs, but historic Pitt Town has undergone a huge transformation over the past decade. New housing estates have... Read More >

Sprouting success in the garden

October 25, 2016

Russell Brown – Gardening Guru Spring has sprung and the garden awaits your attention! Here are Russell’s top tips for managing your outdoor space as the weather warms up and things start to sprout and grow… Top tips Fertilise everything! This will promote new luscious growth, fruiting and flowering and kick-start deciduous trees and shrubs.... Read More >

Waterskiers take to the river

October 18, 2016

It’s that time of year again, when keen ski racers come from all around the world to compete in the annual Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic in the midst of the picturesque scenery of the Hawkesbury River, says Edwina Best, secretary of the Bridge to Bridge committee. Held on the weekend of November 26-27,... Read More >