Sydney’s inner-west road and public transport systems are undergoing major upgrades. WestConnex and the Sydney Metro rail project are moving ahead, and promise big improvements in commuting times for residents.

While these new transport projects have generated controversy, they are starting to positively reshape the landscape for Sydney’s inner-west gay and lesbian community. Some suburbs have already benefitted from completed upgrades to Sydney’s Light Rail service, with trendy new gay-friendly cafes and businesses now breathing life into these vibrant inner west  areas.

Aspiring MasterChefs, cheese and salami lovers are spoilt for choice with several great delicatessens in Dulwich Hill

Aspiring MasterChefs, cheese and salami lovers are spoilt for choice with several great delicatessens in Dulwich Hill

Dulwich Hill in particular is gaining a lot of attention due to recently completed new light rail public transport. Located 7km south west from the CBD next to Marrickville, December 2015 figures from Sydney’s inner-west road and public transport systems are undergoing major upgrades. WestConnex and the Sydney Metro rail project are moving ahead, and promise big improvements in commuting times for residents.

While these new transport projects have generated controversy, they are starting to positively reshape the landscape for Sydney’s inner-west gay and lesbian community. Some suburbs have already benefitted from completed upgrades to Sydney’s Light Rail service, with trendy new gay-friendly cafes and businesses now breathing life into these vibrant inner west  areas.

CoreLogic RPData showing that apartments in Dulwich Hill achieved 7.5% annual price growth.

The Hub House Diner is a popular lunch spot in Dulwich Hill

The Hub House Diner is a popular lunch spot in Dulwich Hill

Originally planned with wide streets and mostly low-rise Federation style buildings, Dulwich Hill is a welcome contrast to the heavily congested, crowded, poorly designed streets of Sydney’s traditional gay neighbourhoods in Newtown and Surry Hills.

Public transport links to the city are excellent, with light rail, train, and the L28 express bus services. A train trip to the city take about 15 minutes. The recently announced upgrades to the Sydney Metro train service will directly benefit Dulwich Hill, with more frequent, faster train services.

Sweet treats, cakes and pastries at Strawberry Fields Patisserie

Sweet treats, cakes and pastries at Strawberry Fields Patisserie

On weekends, you can jump on the 444 bus service to have lunch at cafes in Norton Street Leichardt, catch the light rail to the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont. If you are feeling energetic, you can take a leisurely bike ride along the Cook’s river cycleway, visit the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre in Enmnore Park (10 minutes away), or the Canterbury aquatic centre which is about 5 minutes away by bike or bus. On weekends, you can learn how to ice skate at Canterbury ice skating rink, which is next to the Canterbury aquatic centre.

When you want to catch up with friends for a relaxed brunch, Dulwich Hill is quickly becoming a new hotspot for great coffee and no-nonsense dining. You can head down to Strawberry Fields Patisserie on New Canterbury Road, nibble on some zucchini fritters and veg toast at the Hub House Diner on New Canterbury Road, or duck into Graff Caff in Marrickville Road for great coffee and a snack.

There are already some very hip local bars to choose from in the area. Beer gardens are popular spots to meet up with friends in the inner-west, with the Public House Petersham and Black Betty Bar-Be-Q both serving up great food and craft beer on weekends. The Bald Faced Stag in Leichardt has live music, and is a regular hangout for the Dykes on Bikes.

If you are looking to learn more about beer, or just want to sample some of Sydney’s finest, craft beer legends Batch Brewing have a bar attached to their brewing operations in Marrickville. A short walk from Batch Brewing and you arrive at the infamous Red Rattler Theatre, renowned for queer art and performances. The Factory Theatre is also nearby, where you can find some of Sydney’s best live indie music. Nearby, Gasoline Pony a great little bar for a late night tipple.

Local Dining & Bars

Strawberry Fields Patisserie
2/420 New Canterbury Rd, Sydney NSW 2203

Hub House Diner
410-412 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill
www.thehubhousediner.com.au

 The Graff Caff
495 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill

The Bald Faced Stag
345 Parramatta Road Leichardt
www.baldfacedstag.com.au

Petersham Public House
292 Stanmore Road Petersham
www.publichousepetersham.com.au

Batch Brewing
44 Sydenham Road Marrickville
www.batchbrewingco.com.au

Black Betty BBQ at The Oxford Tavern
1 New Canterbury Road Petersham
Sundays from 12pm

 

Local Culture

Boomalli Aboriginal Artist Co-operative
Unit 55, 51 Flood Street Leichardt
www.boomalli.com.au

The Delmar Gallery
144 Victoria Street Ashfield
https://www.trinity.nsw.edu.au/delmar-gallery

Red Rattler Theatre
6 Faversham Street Marrickville
www.redrattler.org

The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road Marrickville
www.factorytheatre.com.au

Local Fitness

Canterbury Aquatic Centre
Phillips Avenue Canterbury
http://www.canterbury.nsw.gov.au/

Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink
17A Phillips Avenue Canterbury
www.canterburyicerink.com.au

Cooks River Bike Path
From Tempe to Belfield via Marrickville, Earlwood and Canterbury

Anytime Fitness
20 Canterbury Road Hurlstone Park
www.anytimefitness.com.au

OhSo Fit Women’s Only Bootcamps
Johnson Park Dulwich Hill
http://www.ohsofit.com.au/

Local Shopping

The Larder
489 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill
Thelarder489.com.au

IGA Dulwich Hill
398 New Canterbury Road Dulwich Hill
www.iga.com.au

Marrickville Organic Food Markets
142 Addison Road Marrickville
http://www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au/
Sundays from 7.30am to 3pm

Gleebooks
536 Marrickville Road Dulwich Hill
www.gleebooks.com.au

Westsyde Connection
441 New Canterbury Road Dulwich Hill
www.westsydeconnection.com

Property Showcase – Dulwich Green Apartments

Dulwich Green Apartments located on New Canterbury Road

Dulwich Green Apartments located on New Canterbury Road

Website: www.dulwichgreen.com.au
Location: Dulwich Green Apartments 801 New Canterbury Road Dulwich Hill
Display Suite: Onsite
Prices: From $585k for 1 bedroom apartment with parking.
Agent: www.greencliff.com.au

Dulwich Green Apartments are an example of the new generation of developments which are transforming the area. Scheduled for completion in 2017, the apartments are situated next to public transport, include 48 bicycle spaces, and offer quick and easy work commutes to the CBD with bus, rail and light rail links.

Great cafes, shopping, and parks are just a short walk away. Public transport trips to the CBD take 20 to 30 minutes, and you are spoilt for choice with multiple frequent options. The apartments will be directly serviced by the 428 bus and L28 express bus to the city, and are short walk from Bankstown line train services at Hurlstone Park and light rail services at Dulwich Grove. The development consists of two stylish buildings linked together by a lush, rainforest style garden of native trees.

Lush central garden offers intimate spaces to relax

Lush central garden offers intimate spaces to relax

The development includes apartments suitable for first time investors, as well as larger garden and penthouse apartments that are popular with owner occupiers. Apartment layouts include a range of 1, 2, 2 bedroom + study, and 3 bedroom apartments. Sleek, practical, modern neutral finishes are tastefully combined with timber floors. Fittings include ducted air conditioning and Bosch kitchen appliances.

One bedroom apartments start from $585k

One bedroom apartments start from $585k

Kitchens at Dulwich Green include Bosch appliances

Kitchens at Dulwich Green include Bosch appliances

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