The leafy streets, the stone walls, the tree-framed water glimpses, the cliff-lined coastal walks, the mangroves and the old buildings combine to make Hunters Hill a special place. Hunters Hill was neither an extension of the central settlement of Sydney, nor a rural township. Its original nature, a suburb of villas and cottages in wooded allotments, was established in the 1840s and through several modifications has remained. Not only its initial character has been perpetuated, but numerous buildings and landscape elements remain from the district’s earliest decades. Those facts, taken together, make Hunters Hill Australia’s oldest surviving suburb of detached houses. Hunters Hill has been recognised as a Conservation Area by the Heritage Commission of Australia, The National Trust and the Heritage Council of NSW.