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Bella Vista
Greater Western SydneyNew South Wales
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Bella Vista Farm
Population 7,837 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 2153
Elevation 77 m (253 ft)
Location 33 km (21 mi) north west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) The Hills Shire
State electorate(s) Baulkham Hills
Federal Division(s) Mitchell
Suburbs around Bella Vista:
Stanhope Gardens Kellyville Norwest
Glenwood Bella Vista Norwest
Kings Langley Seven Hills Baulkham Hills

Bella Vista is located 33 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and is part of The Hills Shire. It is a suburb in the Hills District of Greater Western Sydney and is in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bella Vista’s and Norwest Business Park is home to several Fortune 500 companies, a number of shopping centres, high-rise buildings, and industrial and recreational spaces.

History

In 1799 Joseph Foveaux was granted 980 acres which, in addition to other purchases, he sold to John Macarthur in 1801. John Macarthur enlarged this through additional purchases until it comprised around 2,000 acres. John and Elizabeth Macarthur farmed sheep on this property in addition to their properties at Camden and Parramatta. For much of the time that the Macarthur's owned this farm John was overseas and it fell to Elizabeth to manage the various Macarthur properties and flocks. During this time reference is made by her to "my Seven Hills Farm". Although claims are made by some that the Seven Hills Farm was used exclusively by the Macarthurs for the breeding of their merino flocks, this is clearly not the case as the documentary evidence of the Macarthur papers shows that their Merino rams were paddocked at "Elizabeth Farm" at Parramatta. The Seven Hills farm was isolated and stock there were always in danger from theft and aboriginal attack. Two of Macarthur's stockmen were killed on the farm by natives in 1805. In fact the sheep at the Macarthur's Seven Hills farm had their genesis in the 600 sheep which were purchased from Foveaux at the same time as the property. What can justifiably be claimed about the site is that it was one of the first major Australian sheep breeding farms and that the results later achieved at Camden with fine merino sheep only followed Elizabeth's efforts at Seven Hills. Part of this land was later acquired by the Pearce family and became known as Bella Vista. All the buildings on the site today date from this period of its history with no extant buildings from the Macarthur period. In the 1890s, Edward Henry Pearce (1839–1912) of Bella Vista was declared the "largest and most successful orange grower in the colony." Bella Vista was sold by the Pearces in 1950.

Until the mid-1990s, the area was primarily used for small-scale agriculture. Since then, significant changes have become apparent as it incorporates a residential area and a busy business district. However, the homestead and old farm buildings have been preserved and this portion of the former Pearce family property is now owned by The Hills Shire Council. The Friends of Bella Vista Farm Park has been formed and they are working actively to achieve the continued restoration of all buildings on this unique site.

Demographics

According to the 2016 census, there were 7,837 residents in Bella Vista. 51.2% of residents were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth who weren’t born in Australia were, India 7.6%, China 5.9%, Sri Lanka 4.3%, England 2.3% and the Philippines 2.1%. 49.0% of residents spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 8.6%, Hindi 4.5%, Tamil 4.5%, Cantonese 4.4% and Punjabi 2.6%. The most common responses for religious affiliation were Catholic 24.8%, No Religion 18.0%, Hinduism 12.6%, Anglican 9.1% and Pentecostal 5.8%.

Transport

A major factor in the recent growth of Bella Vista has been its prime location near the end of the Sydney M2 motorway. The motorway (opened in 1997) means that in very good traffic conditions it takes just over half an hour to get from Bella Vista to the CBD. This also puts Bella Vista close to two major north–south transport routes through Sydney, the Cumberland Highway and the Westlink M7.

Until the completion of the Sydney Metro buses were the only form of public transport available to Bella Vista residents. The suburb is serviced by private bus companies Hillsbus and Busways. Relatively frequent buses connect Bella Vista with the nearby hubs of Parramatta (bus numbers 662, 663, 664 and 665), Castle Hill (bus numbers 730, 660 and 662), Blacktown (bus number 730) and Seven Hills (bus numbers 714 and 715). There are also peak services available directly to North Sydney (602X) and the CBD (bus numbers 607X, 613X, and 614X). Many routes use the North-West T-way.

Two railway stations now service the area. Bella Vista railway station is located on the corner of Lexington Drive and Old Windsor Road, whilst Norwest railway station is located in the suburb of Norwest near Hillsong Church across the road from the Norwest Market town shopping centre. The $7.2 billion North West Rail Link is now the main public transport line linking residents of north-western Sydney with Epping, Chatswood, North Sydney and the Sydney CBD. It has also improved access to Castle Hill, Norwest Business Park and Rouse Hill.

Education

Bella Vista is close to many educational institutions including:

  • Bella Vista Public School
  • Baulkham Hills High School
  • Crestwood High School
  • Crestwood Public School
  • Gilroy Catholic College
  • Glenwood High School
  • Hillsong Church operates the Hillsong International Leadership College
  • Matthew Pearce Public School
  • Model Farms High School
  • St Michael's Primary School

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