As a peninsula community, Glebe has a village environment with which residents very strongly identify. Glebe is an exciting and interesting place for residents and visitors alike. With its long history of bohemian lifestyle, activism and intellectual pursuits, Glebe's reputation as an alternative suburb is well-founded.
After being scarred beyond redemption by five decades of intensive quarrying on its shorelines, the Pyrmont peninsula was given a new lease of life, and became the focus of Australia's largest urban renewal programme of the 1990s.
Newtown is one of the most ethnically diverse and colourful areas of Sydney. Due in no small degree to it being on the doorstep of the University of Sydney, it is an enclave of alternative art, an ethnic eatery paradise and a hub of commercial activity. It is all a far cry from the small village settled nearby two centuries ago to service farms in the area.
Surry Hills, Glebe and Newtown are the city's centre of creativity and culture. Its heart is Crown Street's buzzing garment district with its artsy, gay-friendly vibe, and pulsating with cafes, funky fashion shops and salons, a new library, pubs offering boutique beers and Euro-homeware stores.
If you love all things Italian - from handmade pasta, freshly ground coffee, and seasonal gelati to stylish shoes - then Leichhardt is the place for you. Norton Street is to Sydney what Carlton's Lygon Street is the Melbourne - Little Italy.
Darlinghurst is a densely populated inner-city suburb located immediately east of the Sydney central business district and Hyde Park. Once a slum and red-light prostitution district, Darlinghurst has undergone urban renewal since the 1980s to become a rather upmarket, cosmopolitan and diverse area with a matrix of inner-urban cultures.
Approximately 2 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, Kings Cross is colloquially known as The Cross. Now Sydney's red-light district, it is dominated by bars, restaurants, nightclubs and strip clubs.
Bordered by the Domain, Kings Cross and Potts Point, the harbourside suburb of Woolloomooloo is home to some iconic Sydney landmarks, including the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool, Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Garden Island Naval Base and the Matthew Talbot Hostel, the largest hostel for homeless men in the Southern Hemisphere.
From a land grant given to first fleeter Colonel Johnston, and the earliest subdivisions commencing in 1876, Annandale's beginnings can still be seen in fine examples of early 19th century architecture. Many streets have well preserved single and double storey row houses using local quarried stone and bricks.
A small suburb in its own right, as is Centennial Park, Moore Park is located 3 kilometres southeast of the Sydney central business district. Moore Park's open spaces are part of Centennial Parklands, a collective of three parks being Moore Park, Centennial Park and Queen's Park.
A harbourside suburb located just 3 km east of the Sydney central business district, Elizabeth Bay has always been a high class address ever since Colonial Secretary, Alexander Macleay, built his exclusive residence there in 1837. Part of the densest urban area in Australia, Elizabeth Bay is the eastern neighbour of Kings Cross.
Balmain is one of Sydney's oldest waterfront areas, boasting a strong maritime, artistic and community/political heritage, and over the years, the area has become synonymous with avant garde cafes, bookshops and galleries.
Potts Point is a small peninsula that extended into Sydney Harbour on the east side of Woolloomooloo Bay. Kings Cross is situated at the base of the peninsula. A number of the magnificent marine mansions of the colonial era still exist today.
Over the years, Redfern has been characterised by migrant populations that have lived in the area. The population of the suburb today spans a broad spectrum of the socio-economic scale. Redfern has many medium/high density developments.
The most well known of Sydney's early windmills stood on Millers Point and gave rise to the locality's name (Jack the Miller's Point) and to that of Windmill Street. Waliking through the streets and lanes of Millers Point is to take a walk back in time to Sydney's colonial days.