Hornsby is 25 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district and is the administrative centre of the local government area of Hornsby Shire. Hornsby railway station is the junction of the T1 North Shore & Northern Line of the Sydney Trains network and is a hub for services. There are frequent railway services to the Central Business District via Strathfield or via Gordon. Intercity and regional trains also stop at Hornsby on the way to the Central Coast, Newcastle and further north. Bus services operate from Hornsby Station Interchange. Services are operated between Hornsby and local residential areas. There are also bus services from the Hornsby Interchange to Macquarie University, the City and Parramatta.


Hornsby is home to many prestigious and high-performing schools. These are; Barker College, Hornsby Girls’ High School, Hornsby North Public School, Hornsby South Public School, Hornsby Heights Public School, Clarke Road Special School, and Hornsby TAFE College.


Hornsby is a thriving area with residents enjoying a wide range of parks including: Lisgar Gardens, Edgeworth David Gardens, Ginger Meggs Park, Reddy Park, Rofe Park, Willow Park, Crosslands Reserve, Holman Park, Montview Park and Oval and Hornsby Park. 

Hornsby also has many shops, recreational and sporting facilities,
amenities and services. These include; Hornsby Westfield, Hornsby Aquatic Centre, Hornsby Mountain Bike Trail, Hornsby RSL, Hornsby Post Office, Hornsby Shire Council, Odeon Cinemas, and Hornsby Shire Library.