Living In Sydney’s Inner West (and why it’s the best)

Petersham Sydney Inner West

If you are looking to move to Sydney (or move to a new suburb within Sydney), it’s likely that you ask yourself one question: Where in Sydney should I move? Sydney is a beautiful city, but it is also very large; and trying to pick a suburb can get quite confusing for anyone who is new to the city.

There are so many beautiful places to consider, such as the Northern or Eastern beaches, however my partner and I picked the Inner West for a number of reasons.

First of all, it’s important to know that the “Inner West” is huge. It covers the area from Chippendale (right near the CBD) all the way to Strathfield (around 14k to the west of the CBD).

Good public transport and proximity to the city were on the top of our wish list, which is why we focused our apartment hunt on the suburbs along the T2 train line. We ended up moving into an apartment in Petersham in August 2014 and we have lived there ever since. We ABSOLUTELY love it, and here is why:

Reasons For Living In The Inner West:


Many Inner West suburbs are well connected to public transport. In Petersham, we have a train station, the light rail stop is in walking distance, and we can take buses from several main streets. Getting to work is a breeze.

Food & Coffee

The food and cafe scene is extremely vibrant. From the established Portuguese chicken shops in Petersham, to the many Vietnamese restaurants in Marrickville and the trendy hipster cafes in Newtown, Balmain and Rozelle – you’ll never go hungry. Oh, and did I mention the Italian restaurants in Leichhardt and Haberfield? Yep, put those on the list too.

Out & About

The Inner West is very walkable and there is so much to see and explore. If you like nature, there are parks everywhere. If you like shopping, you can explore the boutiques on King Street. Like your produce nice and fresh? Check out the Marrickville and Orange Grove markets. Chippendale boats some great galleries for artsy types, and there is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars to satisfy any taste or craving.


Another great thing about the Inner West is the people. The demographic is largely students and young professionals, as well as young families. Just as the rest of Sydney, the area is very multicultural. You’ll fit right in.

The (Very Few) Negative Sides Of Living In The Inner West:


This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has done their homework: living in Sydney is not cheap, and the Inner West is no exception. If you want to live close to transport and close to the city, you have no choice but to fork out several hundred dollars a week for rent.


This is probably the biggest downside of living in the Inner West – it takes around 1 hour to get to a beach by public transport. For me personally, this is something I can live with, as I hate long commutes to work (very hard to avoid if you want to live beach-side) more than I hate travelling to the beach on weekends.

Overall, the pros far outweigh the cons and the past (almost) 3 years living in the Inner West have been nothing short of amazing.

Choosing Where To Live – A Few Tips:

Picture Yourself

City-slicker? Nature-loving surfer type? Hipster? Make sure that wherever you choose to live suits your lifestyle. The vibe in Sydney can vary vastly from suburb to suburb, and it’s not always quick to travel to different areas to pursue your hobbies etc., as transport and traffic can be slow.

Read Up

If you’re completely new to Sydney, you might want to read up on a few suburbs. The Domain Suburb Profiles are great for a quick overview of a suburb’s demographic.

If you’re already in Sydney and you have a few suburbs in mind, it’s easiest to just go for a walk around each area. That way, you get a feel for the vibe and you’ll also see how far it is to the nearest train station/bus stop, supermarket etc.

I’m keen to hear about your experiences with choosing where to live – feel free to drop me an email or comment below.

Thanks for reading!


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