An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

Lately this blog has been to a few of Sydney's more interesting suburbs, but I think it's time to go back to our bread and butter ...

Stock Suburbia: Narwee

Lately this blog has been to a few of Sydney's more interesting suburbs, but I think it's time to go back to our bread and butter - weird suburbs nobody's heard of.

So without further ado, I present

Narwee

Nar-what? So it turns out Narwee is a small suburb in Southwest Sydney, sitting between neighbours Riverwood and Beverly Hills (no, not the famous one).

Per my normal drill, I arrived by train today.

There's not much to say about Narwee station, it's a small suburban station which drops you off right in the suburb's modest commercial centre. To get in and out, you go through an underground tunnel which I suppose is a little different to many stations.


Narwee's shopping area isn't going to win any awards, but does have the basics covered.

You've got a couple of Asian groceries,

this highly suspicious looking Lebanese restaurant next to what I'm sure is a legitimate massage parlour,

and a handful of other basics.

I did think this graffiti was a bit interesting looking (Video Ezy, rest in peace).

Even though Narwee's shopping area is, for lack of a better term, a little run down, it does have a bit of a spark, and there were enough Saturday afternoon shoppers for the place to feel like it has a purpose.

Plus, this place is open for dinner NOW!!!!!

After squeezing as much content as I could get out of a couple of crappy suburban shops, I continued on to see what else Narwee has to offer.

Next door to the stores is Narwee Public School.

I normally don't bother putting up pictures of schools but I thought the archway was pretty.

A short distance away, this pathway led me into a new housing estate.

This is one of those creepy new developments where all of the houses are identical, 10cm apart and kind of ugly. But hey, beauty is in the eye of the mortgagee.

Just behind the new housing is what is actually quite a nice park. Strangely, despite the beautiful weather, nobody was out enjoying it on this sunny Saturday.

This park includes one of the best warning signs I've ever seen. The only thing that would make it more Australian is a fence and a $120 fine if you burn yourself.

The remainder of the houses in the area are a bit more traditional suburbia, with a mixture of newer and older builds (but nothing super old).

To many people, Narwee's flavour of Western Sydney suburbia is about as boring as it gets, and I definitely get that.

But I can also understand the appeal.

The streets are tree-lined, you can have a BBQ in the park (not that anyone does), you can walk your kids to school and then walk to the local shops to pick up some bread and some fruit. And hey, land only costs $6 million instead of 7 million.

I continued on into the next suburb to see if I would find more of the same or something else.

Narwee: Could be worse.

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