Close to the city and with Sydney University nearby, Newtown is an inner city suburb that's always busy with an eclectic mix of students through to young families.
It still has a bohemian feel with busy bookshops, thrift stores and cheap and cheerful Asian restaurants alongside newly renovated pubs, artisanal bakers and serious coffee crafters.
As you head inland from the city centre to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, you'll uncover plenty of things to see and do in Sydney's West. A highlight includes historic Parramatta, Australia's second oldest European settlement, and ANZ Stadium, the location for the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
If you like being on the water, travel to Parramatta from Circular Quay by Rivercat, following Sydney Harbour as it heads west to become the Parramatta River. There are plenty of things to see and do in Sydney's West – whitewater rafting, go-karting and even car racing with professional instructors.