An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

I’ve kicked this off with a suburb I don't really know anything about. Until recently, I’ve always lived on the norther...

Starting South: Banksia


I’ve kicked this off with a suburb I don't really know anything about.

Until recently, I’ve always lived on the northern side of Sydney and so South Sydney is relatively unexplored for me. If life were a video game, there’d still be a lot of fog over the southern end of the map.

Banksia

Banksia’s only 17 minutes from Central by train so it was an easy way to start the challenge. Coming off the train, you’re greeted with a leafy area with the kind of businesses that are always in well-trafficked areas where land is not expensive; car servicing, long-term storage, clearance centres.



After waiting many minutes to cross the wide and very busy Princes Highway I came upon this blog’s first testament to Multicultural Sydney, a Greek-Orthodox church sitting right next to an Islamic centre. I’m just waiting for SBS to feature it as a sitcom. The picture I took sucked so here's Google Streetview instead.



This area apparently has reasonably large Macedonian, Greek and Arabic communities, but apart from a few houses I would later see with “ethnically inspired” architectures, these places of worship were the only real indicators I saw of that.

I made an effort to leave the Princes Highway ASAP to enter the much more quiet (and pleasant) residential suburbia. Housing here is low density and, for the most part, a little older, but it seems like a nice enough place to live.



Walking down the slight decline I could see the airport ahead of me. Makes for a nice photo, but I imagine it’s probably a little noisy for the residents.  



I enjoyed seeing this well looked-after 1980s Holden Commodore parked in front of this house. As a guy with a mild interest in cars, it made me nostalgic for the now retired big “Aussie 6” family car.



Making my way a little further east I stumbled upon a heritage listed "market garden". I'm no historian but apparently this has a history of over 100 years, feeding people since the late 19th century. There's a NSW Government webpage on this garden for those who are interested. 



Continuing further east again takes you to a straight stretch of road with parkland which produces that "leafy-shadow" that you get when the sun hits the trees just right.



After not long, you cross a bridge over the poorly-named Muddy Creek, and onto the next suburb...



Banksia: nicer than you'd think. 


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