About Stanhope Gardens & The Ponds Community

Stanhope Gardens covers approximately 189 hectares of land and was formally recognised as a suburb in 1996. The name is attributed to John Hillis who was granted about 150 acres of land in 1801 which he named Stanhope Farm. The Peel family called their dairy farm 'Stanhope Park' as such the current name Stanhope Gardens flowed from these early property names.

Quakers Hill is a suburb of Sydney and was established in 1904, and first recorded in 1806 in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 40 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Blacktown.In the 1960s, Sydney's suburban sprawl reached the Quakers Hill area and the five acre farms surrounding the village began to be subdivided. In 1994, HMAS Nirimba, a naval training property on the western side of the suburb, was decommissioned and converted into an educational precinct. In 1996, a new development in the north-east of Quakers Hill was converted into a new suburb, Acacia Gardens.

 

The Ponds was a name designed to reflect the geography of the area and was derived from the nearby creek called "Second Ponds Creek", and the growing population. The Ponds was officially designated as a separate suburb in January 2007.  A new suburb was designed to make the estate a new community. The first lots of land was released on 31 March 2007.
In 2012, The Ponds scooped two industry awards by taking out first place in the Residential Development and Sustainable Development categories at the UDIA NSW Austral Bricks Awards for Excellence.

Local Council:  Blacktown City Council


Location
Stanhope Gardens and The Ponds are located in North West Sydney and is near the Sunnyholt Road exit of the M7, and only a few kilometres away from the M2. 

Transport
·         North-West Sydney T-way travels to Blacktown, Rouse Hill and Parramatta
·         Hills Bus operates throughout the Stanhope Gardens area
          Quakers Hill Railway Station 
·         North West Railway link (under construction)
 
Local Schools                    
·         Kellyville Ridge Public School (Primary), Cnr Singleton & Greenwich Rds Kellyville Ridge
·         John Palmer Public School (Primary) The Ponds Bvd Kellyville Ridge (The Ponds)
          The Ponds High School 180 Riverbank Dr, The Ponds
          The Ponds School - for students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities

·         Quakers Hill East Public School (Primary), Chase Dr Quakers Hill
·         Kellyville Public School, Windsor Rd, Kellyville
·         Kellyville High School, York Rd, Kellyville
·         Glenwood High School, Cnr Foreman Ave & Glenwood Park Dr Glenwood
·         Caddies Creek Public School, Cnr Currawong St & Glenwood Park Dr Glenwood
·         Parklea Public School, Parklea Public School, 205 Glenwood Park Dr Glenwood
·         St John XXIII Catholic School,  Perfection Ave Stanhope Gardens
·         St Mark’s Catholic College, Off Bentwood Tce Stanhope Gardens
·         Holy Cross Primary School, 49 Meurants Lane Glenwood

Universities, College’s & Tafe’s
·         University of Western Sydney, Eastern Rd Quakers Hill
·         Western Sydney Institute, The Hills College, Castle Hill Campus, Cnr Showgrounds &                      Green Rd Castle Hill
·         Baulkham Hills College Tafe, 146-160 Old Northern Rd Baulkham Hills
·         Hillsong International Leadership College, Baulkham Hills
·         Western Sydney Institute, Main St Blacktown
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Hospitals
·         Blacktown Public Hospital
·         Norwest Private Hospital
·         Westmead Public Hospital
·         Westmead Children’s Hospital
·         Westmead Private Hospital

Local Church
The parish of Blessed John XXIII is part of the Parramatta Diocese and includes the suburbs of Glenwood, Stanhope Gardens, Newbury and Kellyville Ridge. Weekly masses are held in the church at 160 Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens.

Attractions  
·         Blacktown Leisure Centre
·         Dennis Johnson Branch Library (Stanhope Gardens/Blacktown Leisure Centre)
·         Local Parks, Ovals and Cycle tracks in The Ponds and Newbury
·         Stanhope Village Shopping Centre
          Rouse Hill Town Centre
          The Ponds Shopping Centre
·         Parklea Markets
·         The Ettamogah Hotel
          The Fiddler
          Australian Brewrey Hotel
·         Norwest Business Park
·         Hillsong Church