Originally settled in the 1850s when the New Town store opened to serve travellers en route to the Cooks River, Newtown today offers a funky, alternative and vibrant street life – with cafés, pubs, theatres, affordable restaurants, emerging designers, vintage clothing and specialty stores including independent book and music outlets.
The precinct, which takes in the surrounding suburbs of Enmore and Erksineville as well as Newtown, is characterised by Victorian terraced housing, contemporary apartment developments and the heritage streetscape of its major thoroughfare King Street, one of the longest continuous shopping strips in Australia.
You'll find every tribe imaginable represented here, living in harmony. Newtownites, as the locals call themselves, take pride in their acceptance of everyone.
Enmore, the suburb next to Newtown, is characterised by eclectic Enmore Road which has a good variety of cafés, inexpensive restaurants serving major ethnic cuisines, several pubs and the famed Enmore Theatre. Enmore is also home to a cluster of gothic and fetish stores and hosts the annual gothic and alternative arts festival Under the Blue Moon in September/October.
The Newtown Entertainment Precinct offers:
Sydney's independent festival for the performing and visual arts.
75,000 people attend this annual event which takes place in the heart of Newtown.
For more events:
Newtown is conveniently located 4.5 km south-west of the CBD. It is well-served by public transport, with regular buses and taxis travelling along its main arteries of King Street, Enmore and Erskineville Roads, and two train lines.
Parking is in short supply, metered and time-limited – take public transport, walk or cycle instead if possible. For timetable information and a trip planner please visit the Transport Infoline website or call 131 500.
Newtown's civic heart is located around the train station, at the junction of King Street and Enmore Road.
Across from the station is Newtown Square containing the Town Hall, occupied by the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, which provides services to disadvantaged members of the community and rents out space in the building for community use.
Around the corner is the Police Station and Newtown Court House, but don't get mixed up – if a local says to meet them at the 'Town Hall' or the 'Court House', they're probably referring to the pubs with these names!
Visit the Newtown Project website to read about Newtown's history:
In Newtown, Council's Urban Centre Program is implemented by the Newtown Precinct Business Association, which receives funding from Marrickville Council and City of Sydney to implement its three-year strategic plan. The Association's objectives are to:
Alternatively please contact Council's Economic Development Unit:
Business owners and operators are also encouraged to join the Marrickville Business Association which represents the business community of the entire Marrickville local government area.
Please visit the website at www.marrickvillebusiness.com.au for more information.