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Inner West

Bound by the Parramatta and Cooks Rivers, Sydney's inner west is home to 183,772 people. Densely populated, with a rich history from the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora Nation, to the early colonists, to the Italian, Portuguese and Chinese post-war migrants, to the LGBTQ community,  the inner west is brimming with history and life. Everytime I go for a walk I find inspiration in its eclectic bookshops, antique stores, cafes, pubs, warehouses, graffiti, bicycles, terrace houses, timber cottages, apartment blocks, jacaranda trees, parks and river banks. This collection is a celebration of these wonders.

Botany View Hotel, Morning

Botany View Hotel, Morning

Established in 1868, the Botany View has long been a popular local watering hole.

New Theatre, King St, Newtown

New Theatre, King St, Newtown

In 1932 the New Theatre (then the Sydney Workers Art Club on Pitt Street) opened with the slogan “Art is a Weapon”. Since then some 550 plays have been performed here on important political and human rights issues, making it one of Australia’s oldest continuously producing theatres.

Derelict Service Station, King St, Newtown

Derelict Service Station, King St, Newtown

Dating from the 1930s, this is a rare example of a petrol service station in the interwar Spanish Mission style.

Kookaburra, Sydney Park

Kookaburra, Sydney Park

This brave bird, nestled among the wattles, was happy to pose while I got close

Graffiti Art Gate, Alice St, Newtown

Graffiti Art Gate, Alice St, Newtown

Newtown is known for its graffiti art and this front gate forms part of the local art scene.

The Morning Rush

The Morning Rush

This painting captures a well-known Sydney intersection in the early morning peak hour as a storm brews.

Vic on the Park, Morning

Vic on the Park, Morning

Long a popular Marrickville pub, Vic on the Park was bought by Merivale in 2017. Usually it is bustling, but this painting captures a quiet moment in the early morning.

Empty block, Enmore Road, Newtown

Empty block, Enmore Road, Newtown

Locals tell me this empty block used to house a Caltex service station and there are plans to build a Woolworths here.

King St, Heading South

King St, Heading South

Walking past the Botany View hotel on the way to Sydney Park, on King Street in Newtown early in the morning

Newtown Garden Market, King St

Newtown Garden Market, King St

Established in 2010, the Newtown Garden Market has been brightening Newtown with its beautiful blooms for over two decades.

Golden Barley Hotel at night

Golden Barley Hotel at night

Established in 1939 and built on a former swamp, this beautiful Art Deco pub continues to be a popular watering hole and community hub. It has been owned by a group of family and friends for over 25 years.

Brick Towers and Bicycle, Sydney Park

Brick Towers and Bicycle, Sydney Park

The orange morning glow is reflected on a hire bike and the brick towers at St Peters.

Cycling past the Glebe Hotel

Cycling past the Glebe Hotel

Cycling past a living piece of Sydney's past. The Glebe Hotel has been a favourite local pub since 1862. By 1891, it was one of 11 pubs in Outer Glebe. By 1900, it was one of 424 pubs in the City of Sydney - that was one pub for every 264 people! Here is it is pictured on a beautiful summer's day with a jacaranda in bloom.

Cyclops Toys, Leichardt

Cyclops Toys, Leichardt

A piece of Leichardt history, Cyclops Toys was established in 1913 and was the first company to mass produce a car in Australia - a pedal car (30 years before Holden).

Water Birds and Brick Towers, Sydney Park

Water Birds and Brick Towers, Sydney Park

A quiet moment in the early morning light, before Sydney Park becomes a bustle of energy

Laundromat and Board World, King St, Newtown

Laundromat and Board World, King St, Newtown

Some of the eclectic shops that line King Street, Newtown. These shops are at the "Paris End", near St Peters.

What's the STORY, Alice Street?

What's the STORY, Alice Street?

One thing I love about Sydney's Inner West is that even walking the dog in the morning is an activity full of colourful stories

Winter Sun at Cafe Bones

Winter Sun at Cafe Bones

A popular cafe for both those with two legs and those with four, along Hawthorne canal in Leichhardt

Towers Antiques

Towers Antiques

The chaotic but appealing mix of the old and new on King Street in Newtown that makes for a fascinating streetscape

Union Hotel

Union Hotel

The Union Hotel, a stunning Art Deco pub on King Street in Newtown

Laundry Magic

Laundry Magic

Streetscape on the south end of King Street, Newtown

Morning Sky and Trees

Morning Sky and Trees

Had to interrupt my sunrise run through Sydney Park to capture this beautiful light!

Bella Beauty and Jo-Linda's Jewellery

Bella Beauty and Jo-Linda's Jewellery

Early morning on the streets of Marrickville

Pair of Cormorants

Pair of Cormorants

Walking the dog along the Cooks river in Earlwood, I spotted this pair of birds enjoying the water views

Golden Barley Hotel

Golden Barley Hotel

The sun setting on the Golden Barley

Clara St Graffiti

Clara St Graffiti

Street art on a Newtown house

Enmore Road by Night

Enmore Road by Night

Dinner, drinks, and a show!

Workers Cottage at Night

Workers Cottage at Night

Thursday night is bin night on James Street in Newtown

Garden Purples

Garden Purples

Spring blooms on Alice Street, Newtown

Kookaburras in Sydney Park

Kookaburras in Sydney Park

An audience for walking the dog

Caketown, King Street

Caketown, King Street

A colourful row of shops on King Street's south end

Brick Towers, Sydney Park

Brick Towers, Sydney Park

The unique St Peters skyline

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