Emerald Hills is named after the rolling green hills within the Camden Valley. The district has been farmed since European settlement and was used prior to this as a travelling route for indigenous Australians.
Emerald Hills is located in the heart of South-West Sydney’s growth centre. Just a few minutes away from the newly opened Leppington station. Within Emerald Hills, you’ll find sprawling green streets, magnificent views, and a variety of food choices.
Start your adventure on a warm summer afternoon. Head over to Hill Top park which can be found on Prince Ridge road. With plenty of street parking available park your car and walk to the lookout to the left of Hill top Park. From this vantage point, you can see all the way out into the Blue Mountains over all the new housing estates. It is an incredible view and really puts the size of the new development into perspective
After enjoying the views down here, turn around and head up into Hill Top park, one of the highest parks within the Camden Council area offering even better views in all directions.
The Fig tree located within the middle of the park is estimated to be between over 100 years old and was said to have been planted by the original owners of Raby House, a grand mid-victorian mansion on a 3000 acres estate. The Fig was planted on the top of the ridge to make a visual connection to another pastoral homestead, Varroville in the Campbelltown region to the east of the tree. In the day this site lines were.used as a form of security system between the grand estates, with most having at least one direct view to neighbouring homestead.
After spending some time up in the park, head back down to the Emerald Hills Shopping village for a feed. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food offerings such as Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, or Lebanese BBQ chicken.
One of our favourite spots is 14 North 108 East, a Vietnamese restaurant which is a feast for all the senses. The menu serves breakfast lunch and dinner, as well as some other local delicacies such as Phin Coffee, Vietnamese Salads and stir-fries. If you’re in the mood, try the banquet menu to get a great selection brought straight to the table. 14 North 108 East has a fully stocked bar and uses Melbourne-based roastery, ST Ali, for their coffee.
What we really love about this place is the attention to detail that has been taken to the interiors of the space. The materials and objet d'art make for a wonderful dining experience
If Vietnamese isn’t what you’re in the mood for, there’s a great selection of other restaurants available such as Thai Emerald, and Amano Ristorante e Pizzeria – a contemporary Italian restaurant highlighting humble and simple foods.
Emerald Hills is a secret gem soon to be discovered so we recommend getting here as quick as you can!