An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

This next post shows off three Sydney by Technicality suburbs up in The Hawkesbury  region. It also shows off why this isn't a very goo...

Poor Planning: Forest Glen, Canoelands, Maroota (Sydney by Technicality XVI)

This next post shows off three Sydney by Technicality suburbs up in The Hawkesbury region. It also shows off why this isn't a very good blog.

Forest Glen

Forest Glen is just north of my previous suburb Glenorie. It is presumably named after Glenn Robbins. 

To poke my head into the suburb, I turned the car off the main road to see what I could find. 

How about an absolutely immense ranch house where Glenn presumably lives,

complete with private lake,

and private ducks. 

I also saw some of the forest half of the Forest Glen name,

this rock,

and some very lush surrounds.

I continued on north.

Forest Glen: When you use your All Aussie Adventures money to buy a suburb. 


Next in line is perhaps the suburb with the most fun name in all of Sydney (except perhaps for fellow Sydney by Technicality spot Pitt Town Bottoms.)

To complicate matters further, in the below picture, the right side of the road is Canoelands, whereas the left side is boring old Glenorie. 

This means that this immense mansion is actually back in Glenorie.

I couldn't not feature it though.

Aparently, this place features a sauna, piano lounge, four powder rooms and a casual helipad. So this blog isn't really a profitable endeavour, but maybe one day?

Before getting too much interest from the CEO and/or cult-leader who presumably lives there, I continued into the actual Canoelands.

Here, I enjoyed more rural driving,

past more rocks,

and some horses. 

I didn't stumble upon much else on this brief visit, so I continued on.

Before that, though, it's worth mentioning that Canoelands is home to Marramarra National Park. This doesn't seem to be a place you can easily just "drop by", seemingly requiring either a boat or multi-hour hikes, but it does look rather amazing. 

Canoelands: The only suburb where I spent most of the suburb featuring something in another suburb. 


Rounding out this three-for-one is Maroota. Now I visited South Maroota back in 2018, where I was so underwhelmed that I gave the suburb the first ever Wooden Ibis award.

Here's hoping Maroota can do better. 

Here, my pseudo-country drive continued,

passing me by this notably huge ranch-style house,

which appears to be mainly driveaway. 

One point that I saw on the map was the generically titled "Maroota Historic Site". Towards the northern end of the suburb is a trail where you can apparently head to a significantly important Aboriginal site. 

Not knowing much about it, I figured why not and gave it a try,

starting on the trail through some classic Aussie bushland.

This is where the "Poor Planning" of the post title comes to fruition. 

I didn't really know where I was going.

And some guy who reviewed the place on the internet said that the trail there isn't marked so you need to know where you're going. 

With that information, I figured it's best not to walk further into the bush,

and headed back to the car, to continue towards my next suburb.

Maroota: I'm guessing the site was probably 5 metres past where I turned back.


  1. I was told that the guy who built that MASSIVE house owns the luggage trolleys at the airport. 😳

  2. Is it possible you have repeated the same map for both Forest Glen and Canoelands? Or are they just different names for exactly the same bit of geography?
    Maybe just as well you didn't continue to the engravings. My understanding is that access is restricted for cultural and preservation reasons. So your inclination to turn back is an inclination to do the right thing, even when you don't know it!

    1. Whoops you're right, I used the map of Canoelands for both. Should be fixed now - thanks!

  3. Apparently the big Glenorie mansion was the filming location for some seasons of the Bachelor (or the Bachelorette, I don't remember exactly). Pretty posh stuff. Shame about missing out on the National Park and trail, but we don't want to lose you in the bush I guess -- who'd write the article?