Cliftonville is located approximately 80 kilometres northwest of the Sydney CBD in the Shire of Hornsby. The original inhabitants of the Cliftonville area were the Darug people. The Darug were the custodians of the majority of what is now the Greater Sydney region. They were divided into a number of different ‘clans’, whose quick demise upon European settlement has sadly resulted in very little information remaining on how they utilised the local area. Cliftonville is very popular with water-skiers.