If you really want a sense of the real Australian story when you visit Sydney, then you will surely want to visit Hornsby. The council got its name from a convict who later became a constable. His name was Henry Home and is also noted for helping to apprehend the bushrangers MacNamarra and Dalton. Because of that apprehension he was granted a parcel of land and he called it Hornsby place.
Hornsby council has always been a very commercial centre, even as it was when the town first started more than 100 years ago. Along the Old Pacific Highway, on the western side you will find tradition high end shopping, and along one section you can still see several of the antique lamp posts which residents have preserved. On the east side of the Highway you will find the police station, court house and the historic council chamber. Hornsby has a beautiful park with a swimming pool on the west side. There is a very nice shopping center in this council too.
Hornsby is not too far from Sydney, its only about 26 km and is a pleasant train ride. You can also drive there and its about 25km from Sydney. The Sydney Northern Line and the North Shore line have frequent train service to the council, and this council is also a train stop for passengers going to Newcastle, the Central coast or northerly directions, so if you are heading north Hornsby is a nice stop and a great place to savor a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants in the area. Visiting Hornsby makes a great day trip from Sydney too!