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Hello Hornsby

Introducing ‘Hello Hornsby’, a special program of regular activities, outings, events, information sessions and workshops for Hornsby Shire residents aged 60+ years.

‘Hello Hornsby’ will create environments and opportunities where seniors can come together, meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and perhaps even try or learn something new.

The program of events will be free of charge and will be held in various locations around the Shire.

Here’s what is planned for the month of OCTOBER and NOVEMBER – get involved and enjoy!


Grandparents Day 2022

NSW Grandparents Day celebrates this unique relationship across age groups, cultural backgrounds, and location.

Join us for a FREE day out!

Hello Hornsby invites Grandparents aged 60+ from Hornsby Shire to bring their grandchildren (ages 0-24) along to Koala Park on Grandparents Day (Sunday, 30 October 2022) for a special day out. Free tickets are available and can be used at Koala Park on Sunday, 30 October 2022 for entry between 9am and 11am.

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Please note: Bookings open Tuesday 4 October, 6pm.

For more information on Grandparents Day 2022 visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/grandparents-day

For more information on the Koala Park Sanctuary Sydney visit: https://koalapark-sanctuary.com.au/


Celebrate Diwali

You are invited to the celebration of Diwali with our seniors and families

Saturday 5 November, 4.30pm for a 5pm start until 8pm

Join us in an evening of entertainment and dinner organised by SEVA International Inc. in partnership with Hornsby Shire Council.

There will be singing, dancing, a lot of laughter and a delicious meal. A great opportunity to celebrate the festival and meet your friends.

Sold out - click the link to join the waitlist

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RSVP: 30 October 2022

For more information please contact Sumati at seva.international22@gmail.com


Friends, Food and Fun

Come along to our FREE end of year celebration!

Monday 21 November, 10am-12pm, Hornsby RSL Club – 4 High Street, Hornsby

Enjoy fabulous entertainment including comedian Tommy Dean, choir performances, dancing and more, while indulging in a delicious lunch and mingling with other seniors and friends.

Join us, have fun, connect with your community and celebrate Social Inclusion Week in Hornsby Shire.

Cost: Free. Includes lunch and entertainment.

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Please note: Bookings open Friday 14 October, 9am.

For more information please contact Jian Zhao by email jzhao@hornsby.nsw.gov.au


Previous Events

Dementia Action Week 2022

This year, Dementia Action Week will be held between 19 and 25 September.

Dementia impacts close to half a million Australians and almost 1.6 million Australians are involved in their care. The number of people living with dementia is set to double in the next 25 years. People living with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives many years after diagnosis. This year’s ‘A little support makes a big difference’ campaign focuses on supporting and celebrating people and carers of people living with dementia.

The Riverboat Postman tourThe Riverboat Postman Tour

Monday 19 September, 10am-1pm

As part of ‘Hello Hornsby’ and in honour of Dementia Action Week 2022, we are pleased to invite people with dementia and their carers to join us on The Riverboat Postman tour for a wonderful day out.

The Riverboat Postman Tour is a 3-hour trip along the Hawkesbury River, starting and ending in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is easily accessible by train with Hawkesbury River Station adjacent to the Wharf.

This free event includes a 3-course lunch. Common dietary requirements can be catered for.

Cost: Free, includes a 3-course lunch
Booking: Bookings open Monday 5 September. Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.
Gentle Reminder: Tickets are limited to:

  • People with Dementia
  • Carers of people with Dementia
  • Residents of Hornsby Shire

For more information, please call Sue Downing, Community Development Officer on 9847 6889.

BrooklynThe Riverboat Postman Tour

Monday 25 July, 10am-1pm

As part of Hello Hornsby, we are pleased to invite Seniors aged 60+ to join us on The Riverboat Postman Tour for a wonderful day out.

The Riverboat Postman Tour is a 3-hour trip along the Hawkesbury River, starting and ending in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is easily accessible by train with Hawkesbury River Station adjacent to the Wharf. For anyone wishing to travel by train as a group, Council Staff will travel via Hornsby Station up to Brooklyn – feel free to join them. Details will be sent to all ticket holders.

The Riverboat Postman Tour includes morning tea at departure and a Ploughman’s-style lunch at midday. Common dietary requirements can be catered for.

Cost: Free.
Booking: Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.
Gentle Reminder: Tickets are open to residents of Hornsby Shire, aged 60+.

For more information, please call Sue Downing Community Development Officer on 9847 6889.

Sold out - click the link to join the waitlist

Join waitlist

Bookings open 9am, Friday 8 July.

elderly enjoying coffee outdoorsCoffee and Chat – Wisemans Ferry

Thursday 23 June, 10am, Wisemans Ferry Bowling Club: 5565 Old Northern Road, Wisemans Ferry

This free event is part of 'Hello Hornsby', a fun program providing opportunities for seniors to both connect with other seniors − and with the whole of our diverse and exciting community, all while having fun!

With funding from the NSW Government, the program of regular events across Hornsby Shire reduces social isolation by offering opportunities to connect with other seniors.

No bookings needed – please ring Sue Downing on 9847 6889 for more information.

painting and meditationMindfulness and Art Therapy workshop

Thursday 5 May, 11am-12.30pm, Cherrybrook Community and Cultural Centre

Free Mindfulness and Art Therapy Workshop as part of Council's Hello Hornsby Project, for Seniors 60+.

All materials are included. Light Refreshments provided.

Bookings are essential as places are strictly limited.

Book now


'Hello Hornsby' Comedy Show

Monday 16 May, 10.30am-1.30pm, Hornsby RSL Club – 4 High Street, Hornsby

In celebration of National Volunteer Week 2022, we are hosting a very special, 'Hello Hornsby' Comedy Show.

The 'Hello Hornsby' Comedy Show is open FREE to Seniors 60+ living in Hornsby Shire and who are current, previous, or interested volunteers.

Under 60s are welcome if a carer of someone 60+.

Doors open from 10.30am for tea and coffee on arrival!

Bookings are essential!

Book now

Laugh out loud with Australia's best-loved, most hilarious comedy stars:

Tommy Dean

  • Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • Forever guest on "Thank God It's Friday"– ABC Radio
  • Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Rove Live

"Weird, wild and wonderful" Richard Glover

"a consummate master of timing" Australian Stage

Daniel Townes

  • Just For Laughs Comedy Festival (Montreal)
  • Edingburgh, Melbourne and Sydney Comedy Festivals
  • Good News Week, The Footy Show, Stand Up Australia
  • Timeout Magazine's 'Best Comedian' Nominee

"A breath of fresh air" Rolling Stones Magazine

"Fascinating…Freaking hilarious…You're in absolutely safe hands with this guy." RTR FM Perth

Stephanie Broadbridge

  • Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals
  • Nominee: Best Comedy at Sydney Fringe Festival
  • National Finalist RAW Comedy 2019
  • Touring her solo show 'Female Musical Comedian' nationally in 2022

Brett Nichols

  • Sydney Comedy Festival
  • Green Faces National Champion
  • Finalist in the U.S Network NBC's "Last Comic Standing"
  • The Footy Show, Stand Up Australia

"he had me in tears of laughter"

Dom’s Place

Supporting men, women & families who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness

9 Leonard Street, Hornsby | 9am-5pm

Dom's Place shares its name and values with our friend Dom, a delightful young man who was involved with CatholicCare until his passing in 2021. It operates as a 'one-stop-shop,' an inclusive space where people can feel safe and connected.

Someone might pop in to get a meal, wash their clothes and chat with a social worker to address housing needs. A vulnerable young person could come and play a game of pool with their friends. Another might access cooking classes and connect with volunteer and employment pathways. It’s a place for people to come together and hang out, reducing isolation and disconnection from community.

Access a range of supports in one place including housing services, counselling and mental health supports, AOD supports, financial and medical services, and social activities to connect you to community.

Drop in when you like, no appointment needed!

We will have a fortnightly roster of services and activities onsite! Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/domsplacehornsby for all the latest information.


Dom’s Place – Light lunches for Seniors

Wednesdays in April (6, 13, 20, 27)

Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/domsplacehornsby for all the latest information.


Coffee and Chat

Friday 29 April, 10am – Fagan Park (Arcadia #1 Picnic Shelter, near Arcadia Rd entrance)

Come out and meet neighbours and make friends while enjoying a hot cuppa and morning tea.

International Women’s Day – Morning Tea and Local History Talk

Tuesday 8 March, 10.30am-12pm

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

  • 10.30am – Welcome, Refreshments Provided via a Coffee Van on site – providing free coffee/tea/hot chocolate and sweets
  • 10.30am-11am - Dining Room and Drawing Room will be open for networking, mingling and discussion
  • 11am – Local History Discussion – Women in Hornsby Shire’s History. Dramatic reading of excerpts from Women of Hornsby Shire, including by author Penny Becchio, followed by discussion and a book giveaway
  • 11.30am/11.45am – Artist Talk with Rona Sissons (Wallarobba Local Outstanding Artist ) about her works being installed at WACC, ahead of her exhibition Rats and Other Rubbish running from 11-19 March.

Proudly supported by the Hornsby Branch of Soroptimist International.


Alone, Together: Senior Photography Exhibition

Please note: The exhibition will not be open today, Wednesday 23 March due to Covid staff shortages.

24-27 March 2022, 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Sunday

Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby

The pandemic has had a profound effect on all aspects of society. To keep seniors connected during the 2021 lockdown period, Council ran a series on online photography workshops, in which the participants were asked to consider what the pandemic meant to them and share their ideas through the medium of photography.

Image Credit: Closed by Norm Wilkinson


BrooklynThe Riverboat Postman Tour

Friday 25 March, 10am-1pm

As part of Hello Hornsby and in honour of Seniors Week 2022, we are pleased to invite Seniors aged 60+ to join us on The Riverboat Postman Tour for a wonderful day out.

The Riverboat Postman Tour is a 3-hour trip along the Hawkesbury River, starting and ending in Brooklyn. Brooklyn is easily accessible by train with Hawkesbury River Station adjacent to the Wharf. For anyone wishing to travel by train as a group, Council Staff will travel via Hornsby Station up to Brooklyn – feel free to join them. Details will be sent to all ticket holders.

The Riverboat Postman Tour includes morning tea at departure and a Ploughman’s-style lunch at midday. Common dietary requirements can be catered for.

COVID-19 regulations are in place and all boat crew and Council staff are double vaccinated. All ticket holders will need to show proof of double vaccination as well.

Cost: Free.
Booking: Tickets are limited and bookings are essential.
Gentle Reminder: Tickets are open to residents of Hornsby Shire, aged 60+, who are double vaccinated.

For more information, please call Sue Downing Community Development Officer on 9847 6889.

Book here

Bookings open Friday 4 March.


senior aqua fitnessAqua Fitness

Friday 25, Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 March and and Friday 1 April

Hornsby Pool, 203, Peats Ferry Road, Hornsby

Bookings are not required walk-ins accepted. Aqua Fitness classes run for 45 minutes, and all are welcome.

Find out more

Or call 9847 6300


Dom’s Place

Supporting men, women & families who are experiencing, or are at risk of homelessness

9 Leonard Street, Hornsby | 9am-5pm

Dom's Place shares its name and values with our friend Dom, a delightful young man who was involved with CatholicCare until his passing in 2021. It operates as a 'one-stop-shop,' an inclusive space where people can feel safe and connected.

Someone might pop in to get a meal, wash their clothes and chat with a social worker to address housing needs. A vulnerable young person could come and play a game of pool with their friends. Another might access cooking classes and connect with volunteer and employment pathways. It’s a place for people to come together and hang out, reducing isolation and disconnection from community.

Access a range of supports in one place including housing services, counselling and mental health supports, AOD supports, financial and medical services, and social activities to connect you to community.

Drop in when you like, no appointment needed!

We will have a fortnightly roster of services and activities onsite! Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/domsplacehornsby for all the latest information.