Things to do in Inner West

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Inner West, Sydney

Top Things to Do in Inner West

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  • Olivia
    Muswellbrook, Australia93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic-my daughters bought me here a few years ago (after they came on a school excursion).
    Keep your mind open and absorb it all.
    I’m not an ‘art’ critique or follower, but I appreciate the stories and perspectives this gallery offers.
    The cafe is out of this world as well, a real gem. If anything, having a tea and something to eat is a fantastic way to end the trip. I took hubby on this trip and he loved it. Staff were so good, from the staff who are supervising the artworks to the fantastic cafe staff, they couldn’t be more helpful.
    We will return. It’s a fabulous asset to people.
    Written 12 July 2023
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating space and a wonderful insight into the creative world of Brett Whiteley.
    This former warehouse was both home and working studio for Whiteley from 1987 - 1992. Left untouched after his death, the upstairs level includes unfinished works, paints, brushes and all sorts of painting tools.
    Drips and splashes of paint mark the floorboards and one wall is covered in handwritten quotes and images and scribbled musings. He filled his space with assorted and seemingly random odds and ends that caught his eye and inspired him - shells, seed pods, binoculars, books, a cricket ball. If you have any interest in the artistic process, it’s a must.
    Downstairs is more like a conventional gallery and is currently displaying an exhibition ‘Chapters 1959–69’, a collection of his works made between the ages of 20 and 30, a period of intense travel and artistic experimentation. It includes his disturbing Christie works, the London Zoo works as well as paintings from his time in New York and Fiji.
    It’s not a big gallery so you probably only need to allow an hour. However the exhibitions change from time to time so it’s worth a repeat visit.
    Staff were very helpful. They gave us a brief introduction and were on hand to give more information whenever needed.
    The studio is a little out of the way, in a small back street in Surry Hills. We walked from Central Station and it took about 15 minutes. Even when we arrived, we didn’t spot the building immediately because it is an unobtrusive, plain brown colour.
    NOTE: Entry is free and there’s no need to book ahead. However it is only open Thursday - Sunday.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,993 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Been 12 months between visits and the finish of the new station works is pretty good.
    New changes to get used too but that will come with time & use! A very noticeable melding of the old sections of the station with the new and I think they have done a great job? Good to see the old WW1 Honour Rolls back on display on the concourse as well, history needs to be retained as well as remembered! When next in the city have a stroll around a world class main station. I've been to dozens and can safely state that Central Railway Station is up with the best!
    Written 14 December 2023
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  • rowanandersonnz
    Hamilton, New Zealand53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The range of restaurants, the openess looking over water and the sculptures along the boardwalk and the closeness to the Modern Museum of Art and the Handa Opera in Farm Cove.
    Written 7 May 2023
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA16,771 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An important downtown street with a lot of pedestrians shopping and looking. Lots of stores to explore. Impressive.
    Written 24 May 2019
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  • David U
    Sydney, Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I visited the Mobbs House in Chippendale in inner Sydney with others as part of a small group. A booking is required via his web site which was simple to do.

    What he has done is quite remarkable, becoming self sufficient with water, electricity and sewage disposal for a small terrace house in inner city without compromising quality of life. He still has power, light and water without connection to the grid (he retains access to mains gas for cooking and, I think, hot water). He also has chickens (unexpected in inner Sydney) and grows some of his food requirements on what is a very small plot of land.

    Michael provided an interesting commentary on what he has done, how he did it and the pitfalls of dealing with councils and utilities when seeking to be innovative. His books are a "must read". It was a morning well spent and we will be following up on increasing our self sufficiency and reducing our carbon footprint.
    Written 1 March 2017
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  • ericalindsey
    Millville, NJ87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Student night and crab racing on Mondays make it worth the visit at the beginning of the week, but there are better places around for weekend nights.
    Written 7 June 2017
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  • Stuart K
    8 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Said hi to female bar staff, not friendly. Asked for drinks then she made them and then asked for my card. I asked her how much and then she grunted, make some unrecognisable remarks and then went to the till then came back and told me the price. Gave her my card, she then almost threw card next to me after charging it. I then had to go find her and ask for receipt, said she didn't have to but I insisted then she did.
    Written 26 November 2016
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  • Capricielle
    Cronulla, Australia96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the museum and did the train ride with our 3 and 5 yo children. It was a great adventure for the whole family. There were lots of locomotives and carriages to see. The train ride was so much fun. We brought our picnic and ate it outside next to the playground.

    The staff were helpful and friendly, and made our visit very special. The tickets were fairly expensive for the whole family, but we understood why when we saw how much effort went into the rides and the wide range of locomotives displayed in the museum. We will go back again for sure!
    Written 9 September 2019
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  • mchughs2016
    Osaka, Japan54 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went on the "blue mountains day trip with harbour cruise"
    Guide was nice. Not really an entertaining guy but told us what needed to be told. Ticket and advertising stated included morning tea... that didn't happen.
    Spent a while collecting money for attractions after lunch, Why isn't this just paid in the booking?.
    Harbour cruise???? Was ferry back to harbour in the dark. To avoid traffic.
    That's fine but why not state that. Paid as part of trip then given back $10 cash to cover the ferry that can not be paid by cash!, go figure
    Very poor organisation.
    I recommended just go on the train and miss out on the totally unecessary zoo stop... which if you don't want to go in you just sit on a bench for an hour. Long day . Most of it on the small cramped coach.
    Written 2 June 2023
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  • David A
    Cambridge, UK236 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    We always take bus tours when visiting a new city so this was an obvious thing to do. I think the experience was amongst the worst we have had. If I were to offer some advice to management it would be: 1) send the staff to chalk school and 2) put the drivers on an anger management course.
    Written 1 February 2017
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