An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

It's time for yet another Sydney suburb named after some place in London.  Chiswick Chiswick is a waterside  Inner West spot. This mean...

Palm Trees and Paint: Chiswick

It's time for yet another Sydney suburb named after some place in London. 


Chiswick is a waterside Inner West spot. This means that I was able to come in via a scenic, government subsidised harbour cruise, albeit on a slightly gloomy day. 

Chiswick wharf is a low key affair, sitting by a rocky Parramatta River beach,   

and with a set of stairs to take you to ground level. 

From here, I could head straight onto the street, or follow this path through this waterside park. I chose the latter. 

This leads to a bit of an obstructed scenic spot,

which is fine if you didn't want to sit down,

as well as Blackwall Point Reserve, 

a waterside patch of grass by the water. 

There are also some older apartments here. Perhaps due to the plants or the location, I found these otherwise plain units to actually be quite nice. 

They also host a pathway by their back garden, which I continued along. 

Here, the river views are nice (but not mind-blowing).

I was soon here.

This is Chiswick Baths, 

a riverside beach for people who for some reason would want to swim in Parramatta River. Does the murky water look more appealing under a blue sky? Maybe, but when Sydney has endless amazing swimming spots, I think I'd pass on this one. 

With that checked off the to-do list, I said goodbye to the baths, and headed onto the street. 

being greeted by the unnotable sight of more mid-twentieth century apartments.

A few steps up the street are the local shops - also entirely unnotable apart from their unusual design. 

I continued on, vaguely uphill. 

This very soon took me into some more conventional suburbia,

with more apartments, 

this house made entirely of arches, 

and a surprising amount of new houses too.

I'm not sure how many times you need to hear "and I looked at a house", so I'll keep moving.  

I did, however, see the most fun front yard in the history of child-rearing, which is worth calling out. 

After not too long, I reached this intersection into a modern town house complex, 

which I followed inside. 

This is a place that loves paint and palm trees, 

and is apparently named Riviera. 

But I wasn't here to trespass on questionably public streets, 

I was here to pass through and head to the waterside (Chiswick is actually a small peninsula). 

This led to a small but well-kept waterside park, 

but more importantly for me, the park has a pathway hugging the water, which I was able to follow, 

past some expensive looking waterside apartments, 

some tranquil spots to walk or sit, 

and eventually, a very distinct marker into the next suburb. 

Chiswick: About as adequate as a peninsula on Parramatta River has any right to be. 

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  1. Baths are completely tolerable at peak high tide when it hasn't rained for weeks and the weather is too hot to go elsewhere. However, it is not possible to swim more than 4 strokes lengthwise and 3 widthwise. You missed the old semi-preserved shop with the Lanchoo ghost sign, but otherwise you make Chiswick seem green, quiet and very appealing. You get across very nicely what a modest suburb this is, rather than one shouting out its charms at top volume.

    1. Thank you for the very kind comment.