Kathryn Lee - 24 Dec, 2019

The most ‘walkable’ suburbs of Sydney’s inner west

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While once the drab home of the working class, Sydney’s inner west is now a leading enclave for students, alternatives, and city-workers alike. Famous for its ‘eat streets’, as well as an abundance of cafes and bars, inner west Sydney is a walker’s dream.

Whether it’s checking out the Italian eats in Leichhardt on a Friday night, the markets in Glebe on a Saturday morning or one of Newtown’s many trendy pubs, Sydney’s inner west is not just convenient on foot, but also a lot of fun.

These suburbs were chosen according to Walkscore statistics. It is an online tool that helps determine how walkable a neighbourhood is – helping to promote the health and environmental benefits of walking.


Walk score: 95

Newtown – perhaps the funkiest suburb in Sydney – has a walkability rating of 95/100, making it Sydney’s 9th most walkable suburb. Home to a collection of pubs, the famous Enmore feature, and close to the University of Sydney, Newtown has something for everyone.

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Walk score: 93

Sitting on a small peninsula just outside of the Sydney Harbour, with its north-west side lining the Parramatta river, Balmain is the 14th most walkable suburb in Sydney. Boasting an industrial past, Balmain is one of Sydney’s oldest neighbourhoods and has many historical buildings, such as the old Shipwright’s Arms pub which now hosts apartment buildings.


Walk score: 92

The twentieth most walkable suburb in Sydney, Redfern is only 3km out of the CBD. Despite its closeness to the hustle and bustle, Redfern’s tree-lined streets still have a quiet vibe, with an artistic energy eminent. Residents can enjoy the weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market, which take place between 8am and 1pm every Saturday morning.

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Walk score: 92

Home to the University of Sydney, Camperdown is an often-underrated suburb, nestled between the popular suburbs of Newtown and Glebe. Residents enjoy the quietness of Camperdown’s backstreets as well as access to the popular Victoria Park.


Walk score: 92

Despite its borough vibe – with a main strip that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a small town – Erskineville has a notorious past.

In the late 1800s, when Erskineville was still known by its former name of Macdonaldtown, there lived a couple: Sarah and John Makin. They were Australian baby farmers (taking in babies for a small fee) who were convicted in NSW of the murder of infant Horace Murray. 

Their secret was discovered at their rented Macdonaldtown home after the owners decided to renovate – discovering a baby’s body in the process. After the couple’s conviction, the suburb’s name was changed, possibly to disassociate the area from the gruesome crime.

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Walk score: 92

With a quaint village vibe and situated only minutes from the city, Glebe is the kind of place you can really relax. Head down Glebe Point Road to discover exciting eateries, homey cafes, and enchanting book stores.

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Walk score: 89

Look on Homely and Stanmore residents boast about the suburb’s amenities, closeness to the CBD, and wide, tree-lined streets with terrace style houses. Their only complaint is that the suburb also happens to sit under the flight path of Sydney airport. While yes, aircraft noise can be annoying, the airport does stop operation over-night.

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Walk score: 89

Ahhh Leichhardt… the place for lovers of all things Italian! Check out Norton street for a range of Italian eats, wine bars and cafes alike, before stopping by the Norton Plaza for your weekly shop.


Walk score: 89

Less popular than its Newtown neighbour, Enmore packs the same charm as its vibrant inner-west cousins, all while having more space to play with. In Enmore, you will find plenty of places to eat and drink, and all an easy walk away.

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Walk score: 88

The furthest out suburb on the list, Burwood still boasts a great walkability score of 88, despite being 10km from the CBD. Shopping fanatics will love that Burwood has its own Westfield, and for city commuters, the CBD can easily be accessed by train.

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Words by Kathryn Lee

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