An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

Let's continue through some more of the Eastern Suburbs ' heavy hitters. Woollahra

Slow Burn: Woollahra

Let's continue through some more of the Eastern Suburbs' heavy hitters.


Apart from being super awkward to spell, Woollahra is a suburb immediately south of my previous jaunt, Double Bay. I entered onto an appropriately pleasant tree-lined residential street,

so tree-lined in fact, that even this fancy house was growing leaves.

At first, walking through Woollahra I found a mostly forgettable suburb,

with leafy curves,

disgruntled neighbours,

and sandstone walls.

The sandstone walls do provide a point of difference to other suburbs though,

if you're in the market for a unique mechanism to protect your heritage home.

That being said, not all of Woollahra's local walls are sandstone. Some are cement with a hell of a gate.

As I continued through the suburb, the streets began to open up into something a little bit more interesting, with large and fancy eastern suburbs homes on elevated land becoming a common sight.

The nice thing about elevated land is that it affords you views of the surrounding area. From here I got trees, houses,

and Bondi Westfield.

The not so nice thing about elevated land is that you often end up having to traverse hills to get to your destination.

Sad times.

My final destination in Woollahra was the suburb's small commercial hub by its western border with Paddington. To get there, I traversed through a surprisingly diverse set of "stuff".

First, a rare exposed section of the Eastern Suburbs train line,

then, an area of surprisingly attractive old brown apartments,

next, some terrace-palooza,

and a pretty streetscape with sandstone bus stops and a solid tree.

Just before arriving, I also stumbled upon an attractive cul-de-sac (Waimea Avenue, for those playing along at home), with white cloned terraced houses on each side of the road, leading up to a beautiful old sandstone house.

This is just around the corner from the start of Woollahra's commercial centre.

Woollahra CBD turned out to be quite an interesting little area. Queen Street is the main drag here, featuring a surprisingly lively strip of shops.

But more interesting than that are the number of super old looking shop fronts which have been reborn with modern businesses inside,

including the post office and pub too.

I couldn't stick around though, because I had my next suburb to get to. Luckily, my bus to take me there could be caught straight from Woollahra CBD.

Woollahra: Trees and sandstone wrapped up in a hard-to-spell package.


  1. apparently that exposed section of the ES line was meant to be woollahra station (you can sort of see where the platforms would've been)