Galston Valley Railway Open Day. Sunday 9 May. From 9.30am to 3pm.

Run by the Hornsby Model Engineers’ Co-operative, Galston Valley Railway is an amazing and unique experience, particularly if you have a train fanatic in the family! It’s a miniature railway with a main line length of about 1km running through a picturesque bush setting, with a mix of steam and diesel trains. And it’s right here in the outer Hills, although you’d never know from simply driving past! Currently, it operates the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Read more about it here. At the moment, you do need to book tickets in advance but they are releasing some additional tickets on the day for this event. See the Facebook page for details.

Take mum out to a local Hills venue for Mother’s Day

Bella Vista Hotel is open for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner but bookings are essential. Click here. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, Sarino’s Restaurant has a 4 course Mother’s Day menu happening. Click here for more details.

Castle Hill RSL also has breakfast, lunch and dinner covered and a variety of options. From 8am. Click here for details.

Mother’s Day at The Australiana Pioneer Village – Sunday 9 May 10am to 4pm

Go on a bushwalk

We love going on a bushwalk with our family. Here’s a list of the best bushwalks for kids in the area.


  • Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Market – Saturday 8 May. 8am to 12pm. Castle Hill Showground.
  • The Growers’ Markets – Dural Country Club. Sunday 9 May. 9am to 2pm. Dural Country Club.

Other ideas

  • Bella Fridays Old School RNB. Bella Vista Hotel. Friday 7 May. From 8pm.
  • The Farm at Lynwood Country Club. Every Sunday 12pm – 3pm. Bring the kids along to see rabbits, goats and sheep! They’ll be entertained by the animal feedings and learn about life on the farm.

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