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Sydney Inner West, NSW

Flavours from Italian to Middle Eastern, African and Asian makes Sydney‘s Inner West a mecca for foodies. Further a field, combine a visit to Sydney Olympic Park the site of the 2000 Olympic Games and historic Parramatta.

Sydney Inner west

Glebe Point Road, Glebe, a popular and charming residential area for artists, students and the upwardly mobile, offers everything from cheap Indian to fine Modern Australian. Colourful nearby Newtown offers over twenty affordable ethnic cuisines in seventy restaurants and is also a popular spot for retro shopping, live music, offbeat theatre and vibrant nightlife.

Enjoy a short ferry ride from Circular Quay to the harbourside village of Balmain. Renowned for its pub culture you can easily mingle with local’s while listening to live jazz at one of the many old Aussie pubs. If you appreciate good pasta, good coffee and gelato nearby Leichhardt, Sydney’s Italian quarter, is definitely worth a visit.

Sydney Inner west

Further west, discover Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay. Not only Sydney’s major sporting venue, Sydney Olympic Park offers an ever-increasing range of attractions, activities and events. The best way to get there is by Rivercat from Circular Quay, which offers a scenic journey up the harbour to Rhodes and Parramatta River

Catch the Rivercat or train to nearby Parramatta. Today this modern city has some of the country’s oldest and most interesting buildings including Old Government House and Elizabeth Farm. Alfresco cafes line the city streets and the Riverside Theatre offers year round entertainment.

Sydney Inner west

Inner West Highlights…..

  • Enjoy lunch at one Glebe’s cafes specialising in organic and wholesome gourmet delights.
  • Enmore Road and King Street’s one-off shops with typically idiosyncratic themes as buttons and beads, retro, underground records, tribal gifts handbags and gothic garments.
  • Enjoy a drink and great live music at one of the many Aussie style pubs in Balmain.
  • Watch the locals while enjoying an Italian pastry and the finest hand-blended roasted coffees at a Leichhardt cafe.
  • Visit the Parramatta Heritage and Visitors Information Centre. Its museum is the perfect starting point to discover the history of Parramatta.
  • Catch a performance at the Parramatta Riverside Theatres, offering drama and comedy shows.
  • Buy a great value Superpass, which includes a tour of Stadium Australia, the Sydney Aquatic Centre and entry to the Novotel Hotel observation deck.

Where To Stay

Sydney’s Inner West offers a wide variety of accommodations that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re after the historical charm of Balmain, the bohemian vibe of Glebe, the pulsating energy of Newtown, or the culinary delights of Leichhardt, you’re sure to find a place that feels like home.

Good Neighbours

Here’s a guide to some of the best neighborhoods in Inner West Sydney, each offering its distinct charm.


Balmain, renowned for its Victorian architecture and rich history, is a delightful choice for those seeking a blend of the old-world and contemporary luxury. This suburb boasts stylish boutique hotels and charming bed-and-breakfasts, nestled among trendy cafes and historic pubs. The Darling Street is the heartbeat of Balmain, where you can indulge in boutique shopping or savor gourmet delights.


Glebe is the quintessential bohemian enclave, brimming with bookshops, galleries, and vintage stores. Staying here, you’ll find a range of accommodations from cozy guesthouses to sophisticated apartments. Don’t miss the Glebe Markets, a paradise for vintage and artisanal finds. The suburb’s leafy streets and proximity to the University of Sydney add to its youthful, intellectual vibe.


Newtown is the poster child for Sydney’s alternative culture. Known for its vibrant street art, eclectic shops, and a diverse dining scene, this neighborhood offers a lively, edgy experience. Accommodation options here range from cool, boutique hotels to funky hostels, ideal for younger travelers or those young at heart. King Street, Newtown’s main thoroughfare, is a must-visit for its pulsating energy and endless entertainment options.


For those seeking a quieter stay, Rozelle, with its quaint streets and village-like atmosphere, is a wonderful choice. This suburb offers lovely guesthouses and private rentals, perfect for a more relaxed pace. The Rozelle Collectors Market and the array of charming cafes are highlights here.


Annandale strikes the perfect balance between a peaceful residential atmosphere and easy access to bustling city life. The accommodations here are mainly lovely private homes and apartments, ideal for families or those seeking a homely feel. The suburb’s tree-lined streets and heritage buildings create a charming backdrop for your stay.


Leichhardt, known as Sydney’s ‘Little Italy,’ is a gastronomic delight. Here, you can stay in delightful boutique accommodations or comfortable apartments. Norton Street, the suburb’s main drag, is a culinary hotspot, especially for Italian cuisine lovers.


Marrickville offers a unique multicultural experience with a mix of Vietnamese, Greek, and Portuguese communities. The accommodations here are diverse, ranging from modern apartments to cozy guesthouses. Don’t miss the local food markets and the vibrant music scene.


Rhodes, a picturesque peninsula on the Parramatta River, is a haven for those who love waterfront views and modern conveniences. This suburb is particularly attractive for families. From casual eateries to fine dining, and from local boutiques to major shopping centers, there’s plenty to explore.

Summer Hill

Summer Hill, in the Inner West of Sydney, exudes an old-world charm blended with a trendy, community-focused atmosphere. This suburb, with its leafy streets, heritage homes, and village-like center, offers a peaceful yet vibrant retreat from the bustling city.

Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park, renowned for hosting the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is a mecca for sports enthusiasts and concert-goers. This suburb is buzzing with world-class sporting facilities, sprawling parks, and major event venues. If you’re visiting for a specific event at Sydney Olympic Park, book accommodations well in advance as they can fill up quickly.

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