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One thing you should know about me is that I'm an excellent dinner guest. If you invite me to dinner, and there's an hour or so o...

Inoffensive Suburbia: Acacia Gardens


One thing you should know about me is that I'm an excellent dinner guest. If you invite me to dinner, and there's an hour or so of sun left in the sky after I arrive, I may skulk out and "complete" your suburb while your back is turned. Welcome to the Northwest Sydney suburb of

Acacia Gardens

Acacia Gardens is one of those completely anonymous suburbs that you'd never know exists unless:

  1. a) You live there, or
  2. b) You read this blog

Geographically, it sits around 5km north of the major Sydney suburb of Blacktown.

From the dinner party I was sneaking away from, I headed down this suburban street to see what I could see.

This is going to be one of those "here's some pictures of peoples' houses" suburbs isn't it?

Strolling through Acacia Gardens, you get to load your eyes up on reasonably modern houses in some light bush,

as well as the proud winners of the year 2000 most attractive attractive street award. I think I still have the VHS of the ceremony at home somewhere.

To spice things up a little, I took off down this pathway through a small nature reserve which cuts dangerously close to the border with neighbouring Quakers Hill. The low afternoon sun gave it a rather pretty glow.

This nature reserve also holds a slightly depressing body of water,

salvaged by these fine Acacia Gardens ducks

who have been known to cross the road at this particular location. I love a good ducky crossing sign.

It's hard to describe a suburb like Acacia Gardens because it's just so... normal. The houses aren't big and flashy, and they're definitely not also old enough to be notable. There are no harbour views, no major parks, and not even any shops as far as I can tell.

It's just highly inoffensive suburbia.

They do have this vet with a cute sign though,

which you may choose to call if you have one of the multiple cats of Acacia Gardens who won't come down from your roof.

I continued through the red brick suburbia to see if there was anything else to see.

I spotted this kind-of-interesting looking water tank up past this local park.

Before stumbling upon the suburb's pièce de résistance, an amazing sunset unfolding over the Blue Mountains.

Or at least I thought that was the pièce de résistance, until this.

The most attractive street of 2002!

I didn't go into the most attractive street of the year 2000, and I'm glad I held out, because this one must be at least two-years better right? I set off to explore.

Overgrown hedges eating some footpath? One point deduction.

Springy grass on this guy's lawn? That's a definite positive.

Cracked pathway? What a fall from grace.

I was undecided on whether Benares Cres had managed to hold on since its golden age. Unfortunately for you, the reader, I never got to come up with a conclusion because the ice cream man came.

Acacia Gardens: The most attractive suburb of the 18th of July 2019.

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