6.2 out of 10

Newtown

Ranked 454th best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.896452258614 151.178629465289
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Resale or Rental Value
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
May 11, 2020

"Newtown is a dream, but a very expensive one."

I love Newtown, you'd be mad not love this place. It's one of Sydney's art capitals. There are many of cool restaurants, great venues, thrifty store, artsy and stylish crowds, there is a university nearby, there is a great hospital, the community is awesome and the people are friendly. So far everything sounds brilliant, and indeed if you manage to live here, you'll be living great. For young people, there couldn't be a better place to live in my opinion.

The downsides are the house prices. An inch in Newtown costs as much as three houses elsewhere. It's very expensive, the rent is SUPER expensive. Sadly the place is very run down and needs a massive push over and rebuild, but who can afford to buy up the place to do it? Everything is so expensive now that it's impossible to ever push over and build a new. That being said, Id recommend living near this place, or within traveling distance, but actually living here would be financial suicide. If you're Rich or a Rich student, then this will be a breeze to you. If you're an average income earner then maybe this is a great place to visit. Newtown is also close to the CBD which means that you will on occasion get undesirables. It's a loud place and a vibrant place, it's a great place to visit, and I would probably live here If I could, but it's not for everyone.

There are allot of gay and lesbians living here, if anyone cares about that? I don't really but some people might. I like it for the close access to everything, the amount of choice, art and beauty. The creative people who come here are ace, great place to network!
Pros
  • Close to everything
  • Amazing food choices
  • Amazing venues and artsy areas
  • Public transport
Cons
  • Run down
  • Old and vintage
  • Crazy rent prices
  • Overpriced
  • Dirty
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
Apr 19, 2020

"Decent to visit, but not really worth the money living here anymore"

Newtown is a little inner city suburb with a wide range of vintage shops, coffee shops and restaurants on King street, it used to be a great place to visit, but it is slowly going through urban decay and growing more undesirable every day due to it being poorly maintained.

With abandoned buildings on nearly every corner and garbage on the streets EVERYWHERE, the area brings off an unwelcoming sketchy vibe, without mentioning common street crimes rampant and widespread, with drug addicts congregating in most of the public spots, harassing passers-by for change and cigarettes, fighting loud in the street and drinking open in public being a common sight, I’ve even witnessed drug dealers selling in broad daylight in parks not even a kilometre away from the police station, and it is only getting worse, without mentioning the frequent home/car break ins in a lot of parts of Newtown. Newtown is a popular tourist destination and nightlife hotspot for good reasons, with its wide varieties but it’s state is slowly declining with more of the shops and venues closing or moving as more and more scum build up in the streets everyday.

If you are planning to invest in a property in Newtown, I advise you to spend your money on a house in the back of Macdonaldtown station, Newtown station (even though the station itself can get hairy) and Camperdown park, due to these areas still being pretty decent to live in, as they are actually pretty clean and safe for families, with some pretty good community spirit, but these parts can often get expensive, which is not really worth the investment considering how undesirable the surrounding area is getting, but can be considered as good enough, due to this being a suburb close to the city and a wide range of shops to go to. Most of the more decaying, dodgy and filthier parts of Newtown can get expensive as well (inner city Sydney obviously), unless you want to live dangerously close to one of the Housing commission blocks in the south and far north, which should be AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS, as those hellholes are locally known for some REALLY bad social problems, which make it impossible to walk through the depth of of them, the type to throw a brick at your car window and relieve it of your personal belongings.

Newtown is an area, with its demons, but is home to some pretty good schools, such as Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, which hosts a spectacular teaching staff, as well as performing arts facilities.

Newtown is a suburb with good qualities as well as some growing unaddressed problems , a good place to visit, but not really worth the money living in.
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Brian Lee
Brian Lee Where are these housing blocks can't find them on google? you say south, could you let me know more specifically?
Jun 18, 2020
Tyrice Barker
Tyrice Barker The dodgier unit blocks are on the corner of Alice/Camden and Forbes/golden grove streets at the T intersections of king street. There is a block of townhouses at the other end of Alice street near Camdenville Public School and an 8 story apartment block on station street towards enmore road, which can get hairy inside but are generally alright places.
Jun 24, 2020
jonnobrown99
jonnobrown99 I used to stay with my grandmother in the rough tower block on station street and it was mostly full of old people but there was also a lot of loud yobbos and junkies who dumped syringes and vandalised the area, theres literally a sign telling tenants to stop stealing each others clothes off the line, we call it dodge city.
Jun 28, 2020
Jasmine Melville
Jasmine Melville I am renting a house on Camden street behind the big housing commission area, is the area safe?
Jul 15, 2020
jasona19
jasona19 Jasmine Melville I used to live in the apartment blocks in the thick of it, quite a few Elderly people, but a lot of troubled tenants and kids with nothing to do, other than occasional events (Bag Snatching, house raids, fights) that happen around, walk round with caution.
Jul 28, 2020
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sew sew
1/5 rating details
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
Jan 20, 2020

"Good restaurants and but mostly just hostile and grotty to live in"

Good cafes, restaurants, shops and parks and is more gay friendly than most. But it's slummy. I've had to call the police several times due to crime here, including listening to a drug collecter screaming disturbingly for ages threatening to bash this guy and his children because he didn't give him the drug money. Lots of graffitti (and whilst there are some good ones, mostly theyre just tags), the constant smell of weed (and the expectation that everyone else is supposed to be fine with your second hand weed because that's what 'cool' people do and all), i've seen dodge people screaming or harrassing others for no reason (not sure if drugs or mental health issues), my friend's car got keyed after parking for an hour because it was the nicest car parked there. Felt more dodge than other areas I've been in.

People say it has a welcoming culture (and it probably is better than most areas for gays and maybe blacks) but I found it overall quite hostile unless you are like everyone else and have the exact same opinions as them. The number of aggro, entitled and self-righteous hard-left hypocrits is astounding (and I'm someone who actually used to be left-wing... that was Until I lived here...). Don't believe me - just take a walk and have a look at most of the posters around the whole suburb. Lets act like we are enlightened and care about humanity but really its just ourselves because we hate everyone else we don't know (ironically). Hate all bankers, hate the rich, hate the government, hate the police, hate anyone whose worked hard to make a living, basically hate everyone that's not a selfish druggo dirtbag like us, promote assault against all the people we hate, and then bask in our self-declared 'alternative intellectualism'. All aboard the hate bandwagon, take your pithforks and tin-foil hats on your way in. Don't want to work (cos work is supporting evil capitalists), don't want to pay rent (cos landlords are 'arseholes' and 'squatters rights!' #Firstpump), and then consider ourselves 'slaves' (who need to spread anarchy). While we are at it, lets abolish prisons, abolish surveillance cameras, abolish governments and only then we'll live in some kind of fantasy Utopia where everything will sort itself out *Fistpump again!*. Seriously, no exaggeration, I've seen all of those ... Some people have never had a real problem...or travelled anywhere to see what a real problem actually looks like...or worked in the real world....or even lived a day without weed, it seems.... I've literally heard people here complaining of how awfully hard it is to pay rent this week but are going to go out tomorrow and get trashed anyway, cos Yolo. Not everyone is like this, of course, but this is more common here than anywhere else I've been. It gets old quickly (like one week old). If you're popping by its fine but found it overall a negative place to live in, and found myself much more dissatisfied with life being surrounded by this nutty hostility and anti-ambition culture.

This is a good place to visit for food, coffee, shops (if they are open) or to walk along some of the paid grafitti areas, but def would not recommend living here or bringing up a family for most people (unless you are far-left). Obviously there are different pockets, but overall it was the most negative slum I've been in and I'm so glad to be out of it - anywhere else really.

Now look at the angry Newtowners replying below this - gotta have their exact opinion or else Outrage :)
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  • Eating Out 5/5
Dec 02, 2018

"Dirty hipster and ugly"

Newtown is a very poor, nay impoverished man's version of East London, filled with hipsters, rich students who feel their middle class guilt strongly, and the homeless. It's covered in vomit, dirt and poor imitations of Banksy. In its favour, there are some good cafes and it's very near the city, but that's where it ends. In the summer you will feel you are in a hipster desert where the fetid smell of rubbish pervades. For entertainment there is the annual invasion day march, or perhaps the Marxism conference? All attended by uni students whose parents work at KPMG. Try hard area that is like a counterfeit cheap version of Melbourne. Avoid.
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"Like a disease"

Newtown had its heyday thirty years ago and has been in decline ever since. It is now boring, generic, crowded, full of tourists, terrible traffic, trust fund kids, wannabes, foreign investors, people who have no idea about cool or artistic things. There are no more old Newtowns, Sydney has changed in the 21St century.
Pros
  • Public transport
Cons
  • Bad cafes
  • Overpriced
  • EVERYTHING
  • Unfriendly
Recommended for
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"A nice convenient area to live"

I've lived in Newtown 8 years and it has grown on me substantially. Although I appreciate the well planned and artistic street art, the tags and ugly graffiti is never cleaned up and it gives Newtown a grungier/dirtier feel then I like . I lived in Surry Hills for 15 years and that council cleans it up straight away. The people here are very friendly and I've got great neighbours . It is very safe if you have your wits about you ... All in all I enjoy the location and I can't think of anywhere I'd prefer to live in the Sydney area. . Newtown is Great !
Pros
  • Location to Sydney park
  • Location to everything
  • Good vibe and restaurants
  • Public transport
  • everything
Cons
  • Traffic
  • Bad graffiti not cleaned up
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"A cool place to live"

Purchased a house on the south side of King St about 12 months ago. I have to say that this side of Newtown has been surprisingly family friendly, with many young families and well behaved neighbors. Plenty of public parks and amenities as well,and the food is good and cheap! Public transport options are vast as we have the option of Newtown station, St Peters station, or the bus. Public transport is 15-30 mins to the CBD (depending on the time of day) and 60 mins walk to Martin Place. Love love love the artsy vibe and chilled atmosphere. Close to RPA, medical centres, Sydney Uni and UTS, as well as Marrickville, Enmore, Erskineville, the new Tempe Ikea and more. From my perspective as a homeowner, the area is continually upgrading with new and better stores, and many renovations underway... Including the controversial renovations to Marrickville Metro (no hate mail please!). Public schools also seem to be of decent quality. In short... If you have the means and after a trendy Inner city lifestyle, Newtown rocks!!!
Pros
  • Exciting
  • Close to CBD
  • Great food
  • Public transport
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Convenient location but overpriced"

Newtown is a trendy suburb less than 2km from the Sydney CDB popular with renters.

Netwown is currently overpriced and will slowly trend downwards in the next couple of years.
Buyers will find better value elsewhere in the current climate.
Pros
  • Public Transport
Cons
  • Parking
  • Overpriced
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Hoo
Hoo Yikes! Lets all band together to keep prices high in order to price losers that have clearly never been here out of the market and out of the suburb!!
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo Hehehe, I've just realised you can see other reviews people have done. Yagoona gets your 5 stars. Too funny. Off ya go then, enjoy.....ummm.....the adrenalin rush???
2yrs+
Megazord
Megazord You are right Hoo. This commentator has an axe to grind. The glowing review of Yagoona gives the game away. He/she probably tried to move closer to the city and found that although $500,000 buys a three or four bedroom house in Yagoona, it doesn't go far in Newtown. Probably couldn't afford a one bedroom unit and has posted this comment as a spoiler without any authority or expertise to analyse the market. Fat chance. Things are likely to go the other way and more people want to come in from the cold of the 'burbs.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo Incorrect or malicious ratings with some crystal ball comment on price trends. People don't move here for property value, they move here for lifestyle. There is much more to life than your property value.....like being in a location to actually have a life.
2yrs+
okmijn42
okmijn42 Commented on this suburb back in Feb 12

Newtown is down 10%

Feb 12 = $805,000
Apr 12 = $725,250

And Yagoona is up 9.3%

Feb 12 = $460,000
Apr 12 = $503,000

http://www.rs.realestate.com.au/cgi-bin/rsearch?a=sp&s=nsw&u=newtown
2yrs+
kineticSyd
kineticSyd No, you're wrong. Those results are skewed, go have a look before you start posting crap.
Someone posted a 'land' sale for $20k, and another for $5k. Notwithstanding - neither of those addresses are vacant land - they're bogus entries. Given that there's not many sales for just the single suburb, those entriess will bring the median price down considerably.
I haven't investigated too far (I'm not interested) but of course the prices in Yagoona are going up. You squash 3 generations of refugees... sorry... 'new Australians' into a 4 bedroom house and half of them pay off the mortgage using Centrelink payments and additional government child support while they all live on rice (That's my tax money btw). Of course the demand goes up in those suburbs. Unfortunately for the rest of us it tends to push new home owners who appreciate space into smaller apartments or the outer-lying suburbs, or price them out of the market like in the east.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo I didn't bother responding to okmijin originally since the whole comment was so obviously flawed. Any idiot that can read and interpret graphs could see the values were inside a 'normal-ish' band on an annual basis. But all that's irrelevant - it's the other numbers on that site that tell the real story of what the site is supposed to be about. Almost three times the number of people are looking to buy per available house in Newtown compared to his/her favourite. Obviously this is not because the weather is any better in Newtown, but because the services, facilities and lifestyle that were so incorrectly scored by the original commentor are three times better.
2yrs+
BeauL
BeauL Well now it's 2015 and there has been massive growth in Newtown! If you had bought in 2012 you would have made a fortune!
2yrs+
KarenC3
KarenC3 Really Yagoona lol! I'd rather rent all my life in the fabulous urban lifestyle of Newtown it anywhere in the inner west for that matter rather than spend a day simply exisiting in a suburb like Yagoona!
2yrs+
EdwardS1
EdwardS1 Having past 4 years since you posted your stupid comment, what do you now feel about the property price in Newtown? :) now it is March 2016
2yrs+
mattb15
mattb15 The fact all these people care about is money and property gives you the truth about Newtown. The area had artists thirty years ago, the only artists there now are wannabes living off dad's trust fund. King St is a car park full of carcinogens, overpriced burger joints, theme park pubs and generic Asian food. There is not one art gallery and barely a book store. The internet is king, Bohemia has moved to the country. The last cool person out please turn off the lights.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo The *real* truth is we care about IQ.....if you take a little look at the top of this post it's about.....oh WOW.....property value
2yrs+
mattb15
mattb15 Hoo, you are the fool, it does not have say that, this site is about what places are like to live in, of which property value is but one component. The type of rudeness and misplaced arrogance you have typifies the irritating people that now inhabit Sydney.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo ""Convenient location but overpriced" Newtown is a trendy suburb less than 2km from the Sydney CDB popular with renters. Netwown is currently overpriced and will slowly trend downwards in the next couple of years. "
I'm sorry, but it DOES say that
2yrs+
bobert_newington
bobert_newington Newtown is the High School class clown who used to be cool when he was 18 and is now 45 and still living with his parents.
Jun 08, 2020
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Lived in sydney for 10 years, Newtown 5"

And I can honestly say, I'm sick of this hell hole.
Sure it used to be nice, but now it just seems to be the place annoying yuppies go to act alternative. I can't believe the amount I'm paying to live in this hell, and the real estate are raising it another $30 in 3 months. Luckily that's when my lease runs out - I'm escaping to Melbourne.
Also, living on south king street - there are no good restaurants apart from the pastizzi cafe! (Which I can't afford often after paying $300 a week, sharing)
I've been robbed countless times & it's just not worth it to watch each new generation of Newtown Performing Arts students litter the streets and scream at each other through their polymorph pierced lips.
Pros
  • Cat Protection Society
  • Public transport
  • GLBT scene
Cons
  • Marrickville Metro
  • EVERYTHING
Recommended for
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  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
mattb15
mattb15 So true, it has been going downhill for many decades. Sydney has become sad, too many tourists/foreigners and finance people, the same thing happened to San Francisco in the 80s. Unfortunately my work only really exists in Sydney so I need to stay here. I will throw a massive party the day before I leave.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo And so will Sydney.....you are a troll-lol-lol-o-lol
2yrs+
mattb15
mattb15 You are a fool!
2yrs+
bobert_newington
bobert_newington matt I totally agree with you! I lived in SF too, and you are spot on. Though, I have to say Sydney has some nice hidden gems that are under rated.
Jun 08, 2020
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Kitch, Cliched and Sold out"

As far as restaurants / cafe's go Newtown has them all, IF you can get a seat. And I do mean IF....The people in Newtown unfortunately has become the home for snobby left wing hypocrits who would happily turn the other way if you were being mugged in the street! Which seems to be hapenning more and more... Parking? Forget it. And as for nightlife, yeah Newtown is the place to be if you like rude security guards, over priced beverages and crowded kitchy nightspots full of teeny boppers and chardonay sipping intellectualists "letting their hair down".
So sure if you would like to buy or rent in a completely overpriced and over rated neighbourhood (thanks to real estate agents still trying to spruik the "Newtown is trendy" line), then by all means this is the place for you
Cons
  • Unfriendly
  • Dirty
  • Overpriced
  • EVERYTHING
  • Marrickville Metro
J-W
J-W JCorlot you claerly are grinding an axe. Newtown is clearly a good centre of food (whether cheap or not) and nightlife. And yes we're left winger because we're educated!
2yrs+
mattb15
mattb15 Food is rubbish in Newtown and massively over priced. Not one good cafe. Newtown was ok for food between 1985 and 2000. Once the Greeks, Italians and Portuguese moved out it became a joke of McDonalds facsimiles
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo Yeah really Matty? There are a few fast foodies out of what? 200? Maybe more. If you can't find somewhere for a great feed you're walking with your eyes closed
2yrs+
mattb15
mattb15 Name one. Oscillate Wildly, BlackStar and Bloodwood are good but hardly fast food. The Carlise Castle does great pub food. There are a couple of good Lebanese, African and Turkish restaurants, and odd good long running takeaway. Not one good cafe. Marrickville has good cafes, Haberfield has good cafes, but Newtown does not have any, never really did have many good cafes. Sydney in general does not have many good cafes. I have travelled to over forty countries, worked in four countries and worked in four Australian capital cities. There are probably as many good Newtown restaurants as in previous decades, maybe more, but Newtown was never been a real foodie place. People generally buy cheap and cheerful takeaway. I have many friends living in Newtown and not one of them knows how to cook and they rarely cook. People that do not know how to cook are generally not foodies. Once the delicatessens, butchers, fish mongers, fruiterers, coffee roasters and bakeries closed in the 90's it went to the franchise dogs. High St Northcote, Sydney Road Brunswick and Gouger St Adelaide leave King St for dead. Wasting my time on this site, it is like trying to explain economics to a Trump supporter. Will not make further comments or further readings so smart arse barbs are wasted.
2yrs+
Hoo
Hoo Right, well it looks like the door-Matt isn't coming back to brandish us with more wasted eyespace - thank God. Is it just me, or does he seem to be shooting his own argument in the foot with this last diatribe mentioning a bunch of names and styles of food available? My wife wants to go back to the 80s like the Mattster, but things have changed and we're getting older and moving on. Anyway, I'm just making a note here for anyone that is reading to this point - a sweeping statement such as "Food is rubbish in Newtown and massively over priced" is nothing short of ridiculous. You can rest assured it isn't the case. Franchises are few and far between. I can't comment on cafes as I don't frequent them, but there are so many great restaurants - and even many of the pubs - to get an excellent meal along the entire length of the strip. They're not hatted restaurants, but that's not what anyone claims. They're just great food and more often than not at a reasonable price. You can tell the ones that don't do great food - they're empty on Friday and Saturday nights - and soon gone! He's mentioned some ones to try. Clearly his taste in food doesn't extend to Asian food as they are by far the most abundant (all types), and there are quite a number that do excellent food that would normally rate a mention. So don't listen to Matty. Get online and see what people recommend, book ahead so you don't get disappointed like the original poster, and get yourself some of Newtowns not-at-all-rubbish-sorry-Matty food.
Jun 08, 2020
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live, food is fantastic and cheap"

Newtown offers everything from cheap good quality food to fantastic nightlife. Newtown is in the heart of it all and you are 2 minutes from the University, RPA Hospital and Medical Centres. Public transport is at your door step as well as schools, child care and major shopping centres. Parking would be the only down point and traffic if you want to live on King Street. Newtown is more for single, educated people who love to have a good time and socialize. It is also good for hip upcoming families if you can afford it.
Pros
  • everything
  • Cat Protection Society
  • GLBT scene
  • Public transport
Cons
  • traffic and parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live if you are single, hip and think out of the box"

Newtown offers everything from cheap good quality food to fantastic nightlife. Newtown is in the heart of it all and you are 2 minutes from the University, RPA Hospital and Medical Centres. Public transport is at your door step as well as schools, child care and major shopping centres. Parking would be the only down point and traffic if you want to live on King Street. Newtown is more for single, hip, educated, professional people who love to have a good time and socialize. It is also good for upcoming families if you can afford it but not much room to grow. Newtown is diverse and one must have a broad outlook on life, I love the place.
Pros
  • Everything
  • Cat Protection Society
  • GLBT scene
  • Public transport
  • everything
Cons
  • Traffic and parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
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mattb15 If you move to newtown you do not think outside the box!
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Love it!!"

Having bought here in August of last year, I wasn't quite sure if I would like the way of life (coming from the burbs)

I never want to leave. Strolling up to the cafes, shops, gym, station, park Ive been able to sell my car and save a truckload of money.

Never want to go back to the sleepy burbs (although the street is extremely quiet). Friendly village atmosphere on the street and I never feel like I'm in the city until I step onto King St.

Highly recommended
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"I'm less attracted to the grottiness, street crime, and downbeat atmosphere found around Newtown than I used to be..."

Having lived in Newtown for more than ten years, I have come to love and loathe various aspects. I love Sydney Park, The Dendy Cinema, access to public transport, the eclectic population (not many desperate housewives or screaming kids around here), and even the daggy old Marrickville Metro appeals oddly enough. I do like the fact that it has a high number of lesbian and gay men living in the area and I like the strong green/left voting tendency of my electorate. But I'm less attracted to the grottiness, street crime, and general downbeat atmosphere found around the area these days. I used to find it somewhat appealing, but as I'm well past my youthful days now, I find much on offer in Newtown to be way too flea-ridden. Recently, I feel more frustrated with Marrickville Council, which doesn't seem to have the funds, the ability or the willingness to clean up the area or seriously improve the amenity. Parts of Newtown (those managed by Marrickville Council) are very shabby, which some (the alternative set) may find vaguely appealing, but in all honestly, living day in day out in a pretty mucky place is a bit grim. While it may like to position itself as an alternative type of place, I don't really see why that means it should look like a dump. Especially when placed in comparison with many other places in Sydney, that are green and clean. Even with its cute cafe culture (albeit on very noisy King St), and so called hip life style, Newtown is not really a pleasant nor healthy place to live.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Mixed feelings- Good to visit- choose carefully where you live"

Newtown has many fabulous pluses- Location to the city, transport, amazing food and a friendly young alternative feel. However, its not for everyone. Safety is becoming an issue in parts- frequent car and house break ins not to mention the noise of many coming home at 3am. If you are young and you dont have a car..go for it you'll love it! Families and older couples maybe not so much. Georgina st has beautiful terraces and the the newtown festival is loads of fun...as long as you dont live near it
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
Hoo Hoo
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
2yrs+

"Restaurants and cafes are a big +"

A typical inner-western suburb with a twist of quirkiness.
Trendy little stores line the streets and the area is definitely not short on cafes!
Compacted living; perfect for singles or couples.
Easy access to public transport,
cars overrun the narrow streets with traffic that can cause you to pull your hair out
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Spot!"

Been living in Newtown now for 12 months. Great food, central to transport, A fine emerging community spirit, community gardens. Friendly and relaxed cafe society. Doesn't suit everyone, but I just love the buzz of the place.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Singles
Hoo
Hoo Return to the outermost western suburbs and don't come back.
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"Hippie side of Sydney"

When I first visited Newtown, my initial reaction was disgust. The streets were dirty, buildings were filthy and in need of renovation and the roads are just way too narrow for any decent traffic to go through! Buses often had to turn at such angles that they go over kerbs.

However, after getting to know the place a little better, I learnt to appreciate its beauty and the many qualities of the place. For starters, there are many restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafes and boutiques. It is a very nice feeling to be able to sit at a cafe on Sunday with the papers and sip your coffee while you people watch. The many pubs and venues provide different forms of live entertainment.

Newtown is known for its quirkiness and the shops and businesses are testament to this characteristic. You will often find hippie clothing, exotic furniture ecclectic homewares and designs all along King Street.

I would recommend living in Newtown only if you do not mind the narrow streets, the lack of backyards and terrace style living.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

Best Streets in Newtown

1

Watkin St

4.5/5
"Fantastic location, rows of Victorian terraces in a leafy street"
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2

Gowrie St

4/5
"Inner West Living"
-33.9011385114 151.1809643722
"Quiet, Ample Parking, Access to everything"
-33.9039696248 151.1728364471
4

King St

2.5/5
"Funky King Street!"
-33.9058684174 151.1810053533

Unranked Streets in Newtown

"Extremely convenient but noisy, cramped and dirty"
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Lord Street

2.5/5
"A great place to live for couples or singles, be they gay or straight."
-33.9069578325 151.1801037684

Georgina St

4.5/5
"Excellent Street - quite but close to all the King Street action"
-33.893968 151.185373

Union St

4.5/5
"A great street to raise a family"
-33.901920568 151.1815654288
"Excellent city spot"
-33.8937482467 151.1755821831

Angel St

4/5
"Beautiful semi terraces and tree lined street"
-33.902859719 151.1794480702