Bohemian by nature, Newtown is a neighbourhood that thrives on the fringe. Eclectic and artsy with elements of grit, Newtown has established a name for itself on the local and international art and theatre scene. The focal point is King Street, which is both a foodie’s destination and a place to nab a quirky find. From the main hub to the narrow backstreets, Newtown likes to push the boundaries.
Offbeat and arty, Newtown has evolved from its blue-collar roots into an area that oozes all things bohemian. Although in more recent times the neighbourhood has seen a wave of gentrification, the locals have remained true to their eccentricities and the newbies have embraced them.
All the action takes place in and around King Street, a 9 km stretch that flows down into Enmore Road. With quirky holes-in-the-walls nestled next to established brand names. King Street is the place to eat, drink and shop at all hours of the day and night.
On and off the street, Newtown is a living and breathing art space, from galleries confined within their bricks and mortar to bold uncommissioned three storey high murals that make political and social statements. Street art here is more than an expressive outlet for some – it’s a way of life for the masses.
When it comes to live music and performing arts, Newtown is a hub. It has the highest concentration of theatre and art spaces in Sydney. Many budding artists had their first break here. The Sandringham (aka The Sando), Enmore Theatre and Leadbelly (formally The Vanguard) are local institutions, especially in the indie rock scene.
Only moments from the University of Sydney, Sydney’s CBD and the Carriageworks, this neighbourhood has an addictive vibrancy.
Whether it’s the beautifully restored Victorian terrace houses and mansions with iron lace balconies, or the compact terraces built out of necessity for the influx of blue-collar workers during the 1800s. Newtown architecture oozes history.
The northern end of Newtown towards the University of Sydney is considered the most prestigious. Bordering Hollis Park, Warren Ball Avenue and Georgina Street have some of the area’s most impressive examples of Victorian terrace houses.
Although there are still share houses full of students and creatives, professionals are moving in, nabbing terraces to restore and renovate along Denison Street, Roberts Street and Australia Street or Holmwood Street and Dickson Street in the south of Newtown.
Apartments are springing up around Newtown, with
the award-winning Silos development at the old flour mill turning heads on
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