GLOW at Sydney Zoo. Friday 10 May through to Saturday 1 June.

After two sell out years, GLOW at Sydney Zoo is back – BIGGER than ever before!

Immerse yourself in the largest GLOW yet, featuring new, never-before-seen installations, a reimagined and interactive light walk, and returning favourites like the iconic GLOW Lion Lantern, magical KIIS Eye Ferris Wheel, Glowy Golf, and the mind-blowing Vortex Tunnel. Explore the Aquarium after-dark and encounter hundreds of critters in the largest Reptile and Nocturnal house in the world. Plus food trucks, rides, GLOW bar and so much more. To find out more and buy tickets click here.


Celebrate Parramatta North

‘Celebrate Parramatta North’ is a week of family-friendly events and vibrant programming. Parramatta North is proud to host a week of programming to showcase Western Sydney as an emerging hub for innovation, arts and culture.
There will be a series of workshops, panels, talks, artistic performances and installations, all presented in partnership with key Western Sydney businesses and community groups, showcasing the breadth of innovation and possibility across the district and discover what the future holds for this place.

In addition to this week of always-on activity, free ticketed events are available from Thursday 23 May – Saturday 25 May 2024. Please refer to the ticketing links for each day to book your spot. Visit


Oakhill College P&F Gala Day. Saturday 25 May. From 9am.
There’s truly something for everyone – from thrilling rides and arcade games to a variety of vendor stalls offering books, cakes, and more. Delight in face painting, crafts, and team sports. Don’t miss the chance to bid on fantastic silent auction items or the opportunity to meet some adorable farm animals. Be sure to try some delicious treats at the café and participate in the major raffle.

This year, you could drive away in a 2024 Mazda CX-3 Sport automatic, complete with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, premium plates & all on-road costs included, valued at $32,900. Raffle tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased at

The draw will take place on Gala Day at approximately 2.50pm and you do not need to be present to win. For Ts & Cs visit Trybooking.
Oakhill College looks forward to welcoming you!
423 – 513 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill.


Streets Alive and Parade Day (part of Blacktown City Festival). Saturday 25 May. 9am to 4pm. Blacktown CBD.

Celebrate as a community at the Streets Alive and Parade Day in the Blacktown CBD. It’s the City’s biggest community festival of the year.

Music, colour, food, dance, and entertainment will take over the streets for everyone to enjoy in addition to free amusement rides, arts and crafts, and market stalls. See Bluey and her little sister Bingo during their live interactive experience at the Bowman Hall! Bookings are essential.

The street parade will travel through the CBD at 11 am, showcasing Blacktown’s multiculturalism, history, emergency services and local groups. Come along, show support, and engage with other members of our wonderful Blacktown City community. Find out more here.


National Sorry Day. Sunday 26 May. 10am to 2pm.

Join the City of Parramatta for a day of acknowledgement, reflection and healing as they gather to honour the Stolen Generations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and civic leaders will honour the legacy of the Stolen Generations at a gathering with Smoking and Welcome Ceremonies, workshops and performances.

Observe National Sorry Day by learning the stories of the Stolen Generation, acknowledge achievements of First Nations people, and the importance of acknowledging historical trauma.

Parramatta, being a city with a rich Indigenous history and culture, is an important location for observing this significant day.  For more information about their Warami program and events, including Stories Under the Stars and Burramatta NAIDOC, visit here.


Visit a local market

  • Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market. Saturday 25 May. 8am to 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • The Hills UPMarket. Sunday 26 May. 9am to 2pm. Castle Hill Showground.


Pick your own fruit

Throwing all the kids in the car and heading off fruit picking is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy! It’s a great way to show kids where their fruit comes from while also being out in the sunshine and fresh air. We’re lucky here in the Hills to have fabulous farms right on our doorstep so the journey isn’t too far – as we all know, with young kids there’s no such thing as enjoying a long, leisurely drive!

Here are our tips for places to visit this Autumn. Most places charge a price for for what you pick. Also, things change due to seasons and weather, so make sure you check the farm’s website or Facebook page for opening times before you set off. And don’t forget to take your own bags.


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