Ah Newtown, either you love this area or you loathe it. If you're after some cheap housing, forget it. This is where grunge meets retro. People who either live in or frequent this area want to mix it up and become self confessed fashionistas. The personalities living in Newtown are diverse, from university students and professors to those receiving welfare payments. Newtown also attracts migrants and professionals.
The University of Sydney
Then again, you have one of Sydney's largest teaching hospitals, and The University of Sydney right on your doorstep.
The area is relatively safe, and there are an abundance of cafes, clothes shops and restaurants to name. King Street is busy, and seems to never end. The vibe of Newtown continues into Enmore, yet starts to fade in more industrialised St Peters.
Inside a Thai Restaurant on King Street
What Newtown is known most for:
King Street - more popular than King Street in Sydney City.
An abundance of Thai Restaurants. The choice is endless.
The University of Sydney. Some people think this university is based in Camperdown, while others think the main campus of Sydney University is in Darlington. Many student residences/colleges are in fact based in Newtown.
Grunge outlook. Then again, isn't Newtown the Sydney capital of grunge?
A renovated alternative cinema.
A number of book stores.
Quality coffee and brunch spots.
Who lives in Newtown:
Students - mainly those who attend Sydney Uni
Those on welfare
The socially conscious
Single people who love action, and never a dull moment kind of life experiences.
Those with multiple body piercings
Housing wise, Newtown is mainly home to a number of cottages and terrace houses. More apartments are being constructed in the area, and there is also a trend towards warehouse conversions.
Perfect coffee locale
Vibe: Grunge, colour, eat, shop and max out our credits cards in the process.
Near the renovated Dendy Cinemas
If Newtown is a food it would be: Pad Thai or a brunch dish.
If Newtown was a cartoon character it would be:Sylvester.
Home to many great cafes too
If Newtown was a shoe it would be:Converse.
Parking: Too hard, just forget it and take public transport. Even better, walk from Central train station.
Seriously, it's not that far for those of you who love to walk.
Many dog owners here too
Transport:Refurbished Newtown train station. Hooray. More frequent train services are enjoyed on the T2 South Line. Otherwise the 422, 423, 426 & 428 bus services take you to the City. Bus route 370 takes you to Annandale and Coogee.
Direction: West (South West)
Distance from the CBD: 4km
Nearby areas: Enmore, St Peters, Stanmore, Petersham, Chippendale, Glebe and Ultimo. You can even count Rozelle and Annandale.