Areas of Sydney - Insider Guides

Areas of Sydney

In Sydney, no two suburbs are the same. You can be sipping on a delicious cup of coffee at a cafe in Sydney’s Inner West and, just 20 minutes later, you could be breathing in the fresh, salty air at one of the many beaches scattered along the iconic coastline.

City Centre

The city is the busiest part of Sydney. As you wander through the streets, take notice of the historical buildings – like the Queen Victoria Building (QVB), Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the Rocks – that are intertwined with the stunning modern-day architecture. Sydney’s CBD is filled with lots of office complexes and stores, but that’s not all there is on offer. If you go exploring you’ll find some great little hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, and keep an eye out for the buzzing underground cocktail bars in the evenings.

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Inner West

Grungy, fun and full of young creatives, the Inner West is a haven for students with affordable living, cheap food and great nightlife. With a mixture of pubs and restaurants on every corner, you’ll always be able to find a live music event and a tasty bite to eat. This is one of the most relaxed parts of Sydney and is super close to the action in the CBD.

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Inner East

Soak up the leafy streets of this historic area of Sydney. In the Inner East, you’ve got the best of both worlds: stunning terrace living in tree-lined streets as well as a relaxed coastal life by the beach (it’s where the famous Bondi Beach is located). This is where you want to spend your weekends, wandering through the artisan markets or sipping on a delicious coffee as you watch the waves roll in on the beach.

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Inner South

This part of Sydney is great for students. There’s a strong community vibe in the Inner South with a focus on arts, sports and, of course, great food. Renting a place is slightly cheaper than in the eastern suburbs or CBD and it’s right on the train line, so you can easily explore the surrounding areas. The area has everything you need within walking distance: grocery stores, entertainment, universities, and a big cafe culture.

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The multicultural nature of the Western Sydney region is evident in the diverse range of cuisines available to indulge in. It is also home to the World Heritage-listed Parramatta Park – a must-visit for its historical significance and lush, green open spaces. A number of education providers have campuses in the western suburbs, so it a popular and affordable student area.

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