Local Secrets: Dural, NSW
Hello from sunny Dural! For those who don’t know it, Dural is a suburb located 36 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and is part of the Hills District. The Hills, as it is referred to by its residents, and specifically Dural, is known to non-residents as a fun, close day trip where you can get a taste of ‘the country.’ For those who reside in Dural, it is the perfect mix of bush, local charm and a few top-notch secret delights that are about to be shared.
Best Italian: Bel Fiore Wood-Fired Pizza
Pizza, pasta and desserts of your dreams; Bel Fiore has it all. Located in Round Corner Shopping Centre, Bel Fiore is a small, authentic Italian restaurant that does takeaway and dining in and attracts crowds in a constant flow. The food is impeccable, the service outstanding and the authenticity is, well, try the food and find out!
Best Park: Fagan Park
While Fagan Park is technically in Galston, it is a 10 minute drive from Dural and well worth the visit. The park covers 55 hectares with attractions for all ages including the Gardens of Many Nations, which covers 10 hectares and has 11 themed gardens, including Japanese, Dutch, Chinese and Mediterranean. Park Run operates on Saturday morning and there are also BBQs and playgrounds.
Best Pub: The Vicar
The Vicar is a newly refurbished establishment that has quickly become a Dural favourite. Throughout the week, The Vicar has a variety of dining options, including the Sports Bar, which is open every day, and Wakefield’s, which is The Vicar’s farm to table approach restaurant and is the more classic style of dining, open from Wed-Sun. The premises is expansive with contemporary furnishings, yet still retains a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Best Cafe: The Wolfe & Co.
The Wolfe & Co. is a vibrant and taste bud pleasing cafe in Round Corner, Dural. Wolfe & Co. sources local and fresh produce through Hawkesbury suppliers, however, they source their inspiration globally. Better yet, the team behind the cafe grow their own stuff too, as well as whip up sauces, preserves, jams, granola, muesli, yoghurt, sorbet and ice cream in-house. If you’re in Dural, we recommend splurging on breakfast – the menu is a winner!
Best Activity: Dural Golf Driving Range
The Dural Golf Driving Range is a classic and fun activity in the Dural area, which offers services for golfers of all skill levels. As well as playing golf, they also have an extensive store on the premises which has everything a golfer needs. Pop in for coaching sessions or for a fun game of putt-putt.
Best Pastry: Dolcettini Patisserie
Yes, we brought up pastry. Yes, we want some now too. At Dolcettini, everything you see is made there, from base mother sourdough to layered elements in each torte, to glazes, garnishes and even the condiments served with Dolcettini breads and pastries. Head chef, Francesco Gulisano, believes in hard work and good food; not a bad combo, if you ask us!
Best Health Store: Hills Organics
To balance out the pastry love, we have some health food store love. Hills Organics is a cafe and store that stock products which are on the forefront of the health and longevity scene. As well as that, Hills Organics serves a range of food that has been crafted to balance healthy ingredients without giving away on taste. Majority of the dishes are gluten-free and refined-sugar-free, with an emphasis on only using organic fats for cooking to ensure diners feel fueled by the best for their bodies.