Orange Blossom Festival is happening on 13 & 14 September!

#OBF2014 is only 5 DAYS AWAY!

It’s that time of the year again when Castle Hill Main Street becomes the venue for an enchanted garden, food trucks and fun activities for the whole family!

Read more about all the activities on Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14:

OBF 2014 Banner

In the event of extreme weather this event may be cancelled.  Please check back to this webpage for event and weather status updates.


2014 Orange Blossom Festival Pop Up Park – Come into our Garden…there will be flowers, secret gateways and you may even see a white rabbit or two.

This year The Hills Shire Council will once again turn Old Northern Road, Castle Hill into a Pop Up Park-Garden for the Orange Blossom Festival.



Saturday 13 September  – Enchanted Garden

9am onwards – Rock Climbing Wall, Face Painting, Balloon Artist, Pop Up Library, Yard Games, Acoustic Entertainment and roving entertainment

                           Come and relax on the grass, grab a coffee, try your hand at giant Checkers & Jenga. How do you look in the mirrors?

Saturday also brings you the first heat of The Silver Saddle Competition in preparation for the Sydney Country Music Festival in early November.

Make sure that you come and check out the great local country music talent who are competing for a chance to appear at the country music festival.




Food Trucks and Luminous Entertainment

6pm – 9pm – It’s a feast when the Sydney Food Trucks roll into town – enjoy gourmet food, ‘luminous’ roving and acoustic entertainment.

                  Join:  Cantina Movil, Tsuru, The Veggie Patch, Bite Size Delights, Eat Art Truck, Street Sliders and Urban Pasta for a feast of fantastic foods.

This is a night not to be missed!

Cantina Movil Truck Eat Art Truck

Tsuru Sydney Food Truck Urban Pasta

Urban Pasta Truck Luke O'Shea

                 Special guest artist: Australian Country Music Singer Luke O’Shea will be performing.

                  Something very big (times 3) will be ‘hopping’ into the festival – with the VIVID art installation “Intrude”

Sunday 14 September

Market Time

10am – 3pm – Enjoy browsing through The Designer Markets, (Sunday only) relax in the park and enjoy the acoustic entertainment..

                   There will be activities for the kids and plenty of great stalls to browse through on your way to get a coffee and then sit relax in the spring sunshine.


 For further details please see the flyer below.

  OBF 2014 Flyer (1.22MB)

Please note: there will be road closures in place from Saturday 13 September from 3am until 7pm Sunday 14 September.

Old Northern Road will be closed to through traffic between Showground Road and Crane Road, Castle Hill. Diversions will be in place.


For details on other events held in September, please visit The Hills Shire Council’s Events Calendar

  or download the OBF 2014 Calendar (9.96MB)

For any  information about Orange Blossom Festival 2014, contact

Council’s Civic Events Team on +61 2 9843 0532 or email:



Sydney’s Cow and Moon named world’s best gelato makers

Phoebe Tilelli

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World's best gelato ... Cow and the Moon in Enmore.

Punters may line up around the block for a taste of Gelato Messina, but another Australian gelateria has been hailed for producing the world’s best.

Sydney’s Cow and the Moon trumped ice-cream artisans from all over the world on Sunday to take out the Gelato World Tour title in Rimini, Italy.

The family-run gelato and coffee bar, based in Enmore in Sydney’s inner-west, won for their mouth-watering almond affogato flavour, a re-creation of the classic affogato.

Cow and Moon gelato Enmore Sydney

Gelato at the Cow and Moon

It combines caramelised almonds sourced from Italy with single origin coffee on a Madagascan vanilla base.

Owners Wendy and John Crowl held a special night at their gelato bar for regular patrons to help decide which blend of coffee to use.

When asked about his winning combination, John explained: “it’s about trying to understand the flavour, working on the salt, sweet and sour. You have to marry the flavours so that they blend well together.”

John and Sam Cowl with their winning affogato flavoured gelato.

John and Sam Cowl with their winning gelato. Photo: Twitter/@GelatoWorldTour

After placing second in the Oceania category last year, Cow and the Moon went on to beat 23 other finalists from around the world in a combination of technical judging and public votes. Two other Australian teams competed, Gelato Messina and Frangipani Gelato.

Second and third places went to two Italian teams. Francesco Mastroianni of Il Cantagalli was ranked No. 2 and Alessandro Lancierini of Gelateria Fiore, No. 3.

Cronulla’s Diana Kontoprias from Frangipani Gelato received a special award for her twist on the pavlova. Her gelato interpretation featured a meringue-flavoured base, passionfruit puree and meringue pieces folded throughout.

Donato Toce and Simone Panetta represented Gelato Messina, which has stores in both Sydney and Melbourne, with their flavour Cremino. A salted caramel gelato with house made gianduia fudge, fresh meringue and crushed amaretti biscuits folded throughout. It won them first place in the Oceania round.

Held by SIGEP and Carpigiani Gelato University, the Gelato World Tour Oceania round was hosted in Melbourne in October. The top three artisans were chosen out of 16 Australian and New Zealand competitors to travel to the finals in Italy. There the competitors faced scrutiny from the technical jury, a media jury, plus public tastings.

With AAP


Watch Lady Gaga Join Adam Lambert Onstage in Homage to the Queen

Are you a Queen fan? Watch this surprise performance of Lady Gaga during the Queen + Adam Lambert show on 27th August 2014 at the Allphones Arena…

“All we hear is…”

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Adam Lambert MSG 2014 P

Lady Gaga joined Adam Lambert and Queen, the band that inspired her stage name, for a rocking rendition of the classic hit, “Another One Bites The Dust,” onstage in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday.

She joined the group decked out in a giant afro wig. Following her surprise appearance, the singer tweeted, “I just played with Queen I’m the happiest girl alive,” then Instagrammed several pictures of herself along with guitarist Brian May and Lambert.

Gaga also revealed on social media that May and Lambert had been to her artRAVE ball. “I’m so PROUD of Adam Lambert singing with them,” she wrote. “Made me cry during Dope when I saw them all sitting there. … I thought about Freddie.”

Owing the ultimate homage to “Tonight I felt alive in a way I have not before,” she continued. “I returned to the Radio GaGa mothership to pay homage to my leaders. It was emotional and wild.”

Watch a video of the performance below:

Walsh & Sullivan First National Real Estate Sales Team gets fresh property market insights from Dr. Andrew Wilson

Walsh & Sullivan Sales Team Economic Briefing 2014

The Walsh & Sullivan First National Real Estate Sales Team recently attended an exclusive economic briefing conducted by Dr. Andrew Wilson on 1st July 2014 at The Baulkham Hills Bowling Club.

Dr. Andrew Wilson is Australia’s leading housing market expert and is one of the nation’s most respected real estate analysts.

Organized by Phil Holloway, Walsh & Sullivan’s principal, the briefing was conducted to equip the Sales team with up-to-date property market intelligence that would give them a firmer grasp of where the real estate market is heading to within the next 6 – 12 months.

“I just have to keep the momentum going for the team and help them sustain the great work they are doing for the residents and future residents of The Hills,” Mr. Holloway said.

Having knowledge such as this and a commitment to the above and beyond the call of a normal agency contributes to Walsh & Sullivan Sales Team achieving the No. 1 Sales Team status in NSW for 2014.

To talk to one of our residential sales consultants, please do not hesitate to call us at 9639 2000.


The Hills’ school holiday guide

Here is a school holiday guide to help you keep your children entertained this school holiday.

Rio at the RSL: Frank Urizar, Event Cinemas Castle Hill’s general manager, said he looked forward to bringing Rio 2-inspired games to Castle Hill RSL. ‘‘With heaps of activities and giveaways to entertain the kids, we hope to see you there [on July 8],’’ he said.

There’s plenty to do in The Hills area these school holidays. Here are some of our picks.

Bella Vista Farm

■ July 9, 10.30am-2pm: Kids Fun Day featuring activities such as creating a farmhouse collage, using bark, leaves and flowers from the farm; decorating tree cones for Christmas in July; old-fashioned games. Cost: $5 a person or $10 a family. Bring a rug and packed lunch. Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks on sale.

Details: Bella Vista Farm, Elizabeth Macarthur Drive, Bella Vista. Bookings: 0408 027 516.

Castle Hill Library

■ July 2, 1.30pm-3pm: Learn the beautiful art of paper folding with Japanese artist Midori Furze. For school years 3-6. Cost: $15 includes materials.

■ July 8, 10.30am-noon: Award-winning children’s illustrator Sarah Davis tells the tongue-twisting, funny tale of Toucan Can; talks about how she made her wonderful illustrations; and then teaches kids to make a Crazy Bird Collage to take home. For kids in years K-2. Cost: $15.

■ July 8, 1pm-3pm: Make an accordian book that tells a story in pictures with children’s illustrator Sarah Davis. For kids in school years 3-6. Cost: $15.

Details: Pennant Street, Castle Hill, 97614510. Bookings essential:

Castle Hill RSL

■ July 8, 11am-1pm: The RSL, in conjunction with Event Cinemas Castle Hill, is hosting a Rio 2 Kids Day to celebrate the release of animated adventure comedy Rio 2 on June 30. Activities include crafts (make a paper plate maraca and a clever mind-reading game) and a Rio 2 colouring-in competition. There will also be prizes and giveaways.

Rio 2 follows Blu, Jewel and their three kids as they venture into the wilds of the Amazon for a family reunion. Out of his element in a land he doesn’t know, Blu must face his most fearsome adversary — his father-in-law — while evading Nigel’s fiendish plans for revenge.

Details: 77 Castle St, Castle Hill,

Castle Towers

■ July 1-5, 11am and 1pm: Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see The Wizard of Oz. Join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Dorothy at Centre Court (middle level), followed by Wizard of Oz Scarecrow hat making/decorating activity.

■ July 8-12, 11am-2pm: Craft Village at Centre Court.

■ July 8-12, 11am-2pm: Kids can create their own healthy food snacks to take home, outside JB Hi-Fi (lower level).


Cumberland State Forest

■ July 2-September 29, 10.30am: Forest Fairies and Elves, where kids can come dressed as their favourite fairy or elf and join a forester for a mystical forest walk.

■ July 3-September 25, 10.30am: A forest ranger will teach kids about how wood can be used for everyday things. Kids will then make a timber toy without nails. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.

■ July 4-October 1, 10.30am: A forest ranger will teach kids about the animals that live in our forests. Kids will then make and decorate an animal to take home. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.

■ July 8-September 30, 10.30am: Kids will learn amazing facts about timber and its many uses in everyday life on a ranger-led walk, then decorate their very own gum tree cookie magnet to use at home. For ages 3-10. Adults must accompany kids under 6.

Details: 95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills. Bookings: 1300 655 687,

Dural Library

■ July 9, 10.30am-11.30am: Learn how to do finger knitting. Just bring a ball of wool in your favourite colour. For ages 5-8.

Details: Pellitt Lane, Dural. Free but book:

Dural Riding Stables

■ June 30-July 2, July 7-8, 9am-3.30pm: Learn how to brush, groom, saddle, bridle, clean tack. For beginners to advanced riders, 5 years and up. Cost: $110 per day.

Details: 644 Old Northern Road, Dural. Bookings: Ruth, 0412 467 137.

Fagan Park, Galston

■ July 2 and 10, 11am and 1pm: A story, garden-themed treasure hunt and some do-it-yourself fun. For primary school-aged children.

■ July 8, 10am-11.30am: Discover the magic of Carrs Bush on this special bush discovery walk, followed by a craft activity. For ages 5-9 (walk not pram-friendly).

■ July 13, 10am-12.30pm: Kids learn about composting and make a worm farm.

Details: Eco Garden Gazebo, Fagan Park, Arcadia Road, Galston. Free but book: or call 9847 4856.

Fitness First

Fitness First invites youth aged 14-18 to work out free at any of its centres these school holidays, as part of the FFIT Holidays (Fitness First Initiative for Teens) program. Choose from small group training, shockwave, pro cycling, zumba and body balance.

Includes a 45-minute induction on club protocols and how to use the equipment safely. Must be 16-plus to use weights and strength equipment. Membership not required.


Galston Aquatic Centre

■ June 30-July 4 and July 7-11, 8.30am-noon: Intensive five-day swimming program. For ages 2 to adult. Cost: $125 for five days (15-minute private lessons).

Details: Galston Park, 412 Galston Road, Galston. Bookings essential: 9651 2393 or email

Happy Art Studio

■ July 7-8, 9am-noon: Drawing, cartoon, pastels, watercolour and card-making sessions. Cost: $85 (for two days, includes materials).

Details: 67 Glanmire Road, Baulkham Hills. Bookings: Tina, 0412 601 323 or email

Hills Shire Music Festival

■ July 1, 3, 8, 10: Workshops in guitar, keyboards, drums and singing. All materials included. Offered as half day workshop (9am-noon or 1pm-4pm) or full day workshop, 9am-4pm. For ages 5-12.

Details: 26/22 Hudson Ave, Castle Hill, 9899 3177,

Hornsby Council libraries

Hornsby Council library branches, including the Galston branch, are running plenty of school holiday activities, such as stories, songs and crafts. Cost: $2 (kids aged 18 months and over). Kids under seven must be accompanied by an adult.


Hornsby Library

■ July 10, 10.30am-1pm: Free. Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2014 with children’s stories, craft, morning tea and a presentation on the contribution of Aboriginal people to the armed forces.

Details: 28-44 George Street, Hornsby, 9847 6813,

NSW Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation school holiday camp packages include all activities, accommodation, meals and 24-hour supervision. Supervised transport is also available to and from most camps.

There are 11 sites across NSW. Many camps are day-only. Others provide the full camp experience including high ropes, canoeing, rock-climbing and sing-alongs around the campfire at night.

Details: June 28-July 11 for ages 7 to 16,, 13 13 02.

Powerhouse Discovery Centre

■ July 1-4, July 8-11: Make a paper bird puppet. 10am-4pm. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 per child.

■ July 1-4, July 8-11: Make a mini constellation viewer out of templates and a cardboard tube to take home. 10am-4pm. For ages 3 and up. Cost: $2 per child.

■ July 2, 10: The charismagic Jonas Jost is back with his bag of magic tricks. All ages. 11am. Free with general admission.

■ July 11: Learn about tornados, clouds and flying objects with the Fizzics Education show. All ages. 11am. Free with general admission.

Details: 172 Showground Road, Castle Hill, 9762 1300,

Riverside Oaks Golf Resort

■ July 7, 8, 8am-12.30pm: Junior golf clinic, includes coaching, games, on-course play, lunch, drinks, a gift. All levels, ages 6-14. Coached by PGA professionals David Scott and Chris Fox. Cost: $69 a clinic or $119 for both.

Details: O’Briens Road, Cattai. Bookings: 4560 3220,


Sport4Kids holiday clinics are offered to kids aged 5-13 in:

■ June 30: multi-sports;

■ July 1, 8: netball, AFL;

■ July 2, 9: Oztag, soccer;

■ July 3, 10: teeball, ultimate frisbee;

■ July 4, 11: athletics (track and field);

■ July 7: multi-sports.

Cost: $50 a session.

Details: Greenway Park, Shepherds Lane, Cherrybrook. Bookings: 0422 808 152,,

Sydney Hills Gymnastics

■ June30-July 4, July 7-11, 14: Gymnastics holiday fun. For ages 5-12. Full day $57 (8.45-3.30pm), half day $37 (8.45am-12.30pm), or any 5 days $260/$160. Siblings: full day $50/half $32, or any 5 days $225/$135. Discounts for club members.

■ June30-July 4, July 7-11, 14, noon-2pm: Tumbling clinic, Ages 8-15. Cost: $30 per child per day, or 5-lesson package $130.

Details: Unit 3, 4 Gladstone Road, Castle Hill. Bookings: 9659 9010,

Sydney Ice Arena

Ice skating, fun activities on the ice, Monday to Friday. Cost: $16 includes entry and hire skates. Group lessons available for $3 extra.

Details: 11 Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills, 9659 5557,

Vinegar Hill Memorial Library

■ July 7, 2pm-3pm: Celebrate NAIDOC week with Aboriginal Dreaming stories, songs and paint your own wooden boomerang to take home. Ages 6-12. Cost: $5.

Details: Rouse Hill Town Centre, White Hart Drive, Rouse Hill. Bookings:

■ July 9, 10am-1pm: Hills Community Aid, Family Fun Day and Open Day, join us to share in the fun.  Jumping Castle, Fire Engine, arts, crafts and more. Cupcake decorating class: 10am – 11am, $5 a child. Bookings: 9639 8620.


The Rouse Hill Billy Cart Derby is on Sunday, July 20, 10am to 3.30pm at Rouse Hill Town Centre. It will coincide with a family festival.

FULL STORY: Click here to read more.

Entry: $5 a team (pre-register for unlimited races, or it’s $5 a race if the team just shows up).

Details, sponsorship: Kerrie, or 0404 493 488. Visit for more information.