An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

Here are two more suburbs you probably don't know much about, in the bays of the Inner West .    Russell Lea Prior to coming here, my on...

Bay Watch: Russell Lea and Rodd Point

Here are two more suburbs you probably don't know much about, in the bays of the Inner West.  

Russell Lea

Prior to coming here, my only knowledge of this place is that its name reminds me of that one chicken shop. Well now I can add to my knowledge that Russell Lea sits east of my previous suburb, Wareemba

This meant getting in on foot, and immediately starting on a residential neighbourhood. 

Not unlike the suburbs before it, suburban Russell Lea is all about wealthy houses in various flavours,

including this one fetching mustard piece. 

Due to the continued variety, a stroll through Russell Lea is rather pleasant, as suburbia goes. 

There is one dominant style of housing though, and that's the older (but still twentieth century I suppose) brick, as is quite common across the Inner West. 

And all with waist-high fences running along the footpath. 

I eventually reached a very quiet strip of shops, 

which I continued past to head deeper into Russell Lea. 

With the water visible in this patch of Russell Lea, I was now close to my next suburb, 

but I thought to give suburban Russell Lea a few more streets of walking before I entered my next. 

Here, I found one final patch of well-kept houses I can't afford,  

before the street led me across the border into the next suburb.

Russell Lea: A slightly less interesting Abbotsford and Wareemba.

Rodd Point

Just as Russell Lea isn't a chicken shop, it turns out that Rodd Point is not an Oxford Street pub, but a small suburb immediately south of Russell Lea. 

The border is in the rough vicinity of this asphalt intersection and sports oval. 

I entered into the land of Rodd, 

heading through some more down to earth suburbia, compared to Russell Lea before it, 

and past this roofy boi. 

Indeed, it seems that suburban Rodd Point is about as perfectly okay as suburbia gets. 

After not too long, I found myself waterside, 

joining part of Sydney's famous Bay Run. 

For those not in the know, The Bay Run is a popular Inner West path circling the waters of Iron Cove, 

people enjoy running, walking or cycling alongisde the waterpath homes, 

and obligatory liquids. 

A little bit upstream, Rodd Point has a park jutting out as a peninsula. It's imaginatively named Rodd Park. 

Here, I found a beach of sorts, 

a boating club, 

and reasonable waterside views. 

By this point, I'd been out for a few hours and was ready for some lunch. Luckily, over here is (from what I could tell, anyway), Rodd Point's only commercial establishment,

a restaurant and takeaway calling itself Nield Park Pavilion. 

They wouldn't give me a table to dine in (I suppose they didn't want to use up a table at this popular restaurant on a single diner), so I was forced to grab a takeaway burger and eat it hunched over some stools outside of the place.

The burger was alright, and the spot is fairly nice, so I'll allow it.

With my belly full of burger and too many chips, I was at liberty to continue my leisurely Bay Walk. 

This actually led me back into my previous suburb.

Rodd Point: An acceptable streetscape with a suggestive name, along the lovely Bay Run. 

Russell Lea (Again)

It's probably not worth mentioning this, but for the sake of being a suburb purist, my walk into my actual next suburb took me through a Russell Lea portion of Bay Run.

Understandably, it looks about the same as the Rodd Point bit, with a sandy shore

fancy waterside houses, 

and the required path. 

My Russell Lea Bay Run was short lived, and I soon actually entered my next suburb. 

Russell Lea (Again): You already got a tag line, knock it off.


  1. Whoever decided a few years ago that grey is a nice colour to paint houses, be it outside or in, has probably contributed to the mental ill-health and/or depression of a lot of people, including me.