A garden, orchard, nursery and hobby farm district set in the western rural quarter of the Hornsby Shire in Sydney’s north-west where horse and rider often demand the right of way, Dural is not only a green oasis to counter-balance the hustle and bustle of Australia’s largest city.
It is just the place to rid yourself of the office blues with a couple of hours on a riding trail or browsing the art and craft galleries which characterise the area.
It is also just a short, scenic drive from Koala Park at West Pennant Hills and the nearby Cumberland State Forest, a bushland oasis which features a sensory trail and several walking trails.
Dural is a relaxed, convenient base to explore the cradle of the nation. A network of highways and freeways bring the harbour and city within comfortable driving distance, while the historic Hawkesbury River towns of Richmond and Windsor are just a few kilometres from Dural.
You can also strike south-west across country to Parramatta and beyond to the Blue Mountains, while a foray to the east takes in Sydney’s peerless national park, Ku-ring-gai Chase and its waterways.