An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

In the lands immediately north of the great Druitt Mountain, there are a good number of small, mostly residential and fairly unknown suburbs...

The Huts: Hebersham, Dharruk, Blackett

In the lands immediately north of the great Druitt Mountain, there are a good number of small, mostly residential and fairly unknown suburbs. I started exploring them last week with Oakhurst and Hassall Grove, and I'll be spending the next few posts travelling through the rest of them. 

For now, a lucky three-for-one. 


Hebersham is west of my previous suburb Oakhurst. I kicked things off with this residential street chosen entirely at random. 

At first glance, I found a patch of unnotable and fairly modest Western Sydney suburbia: some weatherboard houses, 

including this one with a pointy-tipped roof, 

and one apparently unoccupied house with some of the most insense grass-overgrow I've ever come across. 

It's even swallowed this chair. 

Following the street to the end leads to an uninspiring shopping strip, 

with supermarket, bottle shop and takeaway.

Not needing any supplies just yet, I continued through suburban Hebersham, 

choosing this street with more houses and some sort of giant metallic tanky thing. 

Makes for an interesting backdrop amongst the houses and abandoned shopping trolleys. 

This street boasts two other points of interest: this house with a Pizza Hut roof,

and quite pleasant wide-open park for running around in. 

Oh, I also found another Pizza Hut house. 

From here, I decided to continue to my next suburb. 

Hebersham: Home to Western Sydney's most entertaining roofs. 


Head west of Hebersham and you'll hit Dharruk, a suburb named for the Dharug people, the original inhabitants of what is now Western Sydney. 

Here, I stopped at this children's playground where somebody was doing a Pokemon Go Raid and asked if I was here for that too (I was not), 

I found this house with one hell of a front garden, plus a Tongan flag flying proud, 

and carrying on, 

I found one lightly Pizza Huttish house, 

and a house in a pleasing shade of blue,

as well as this new build with a fine mound of dirt outside. 

These are all of the things I saw in Dharruk, and I continued onto yet another suburb. 

Dharruk: Not to be confused with my classmate Derek.


Immediately north of Dharruk is Blackett. It looks like this.  

Taking a walk through the suburb, I came across many adorable houses. 

There is this pointy-roofed piece with an extra long antenna up top,

there is this pastel-pink cottage complete with knick-knacks galore, 

and there is another pleasingly blue house. 

Like a lot of the suburbs in this area, there is a huge network of footpaths connecting the residential streets, making it quite easy to get around, 

and this being Blacktown Council, the paths are given snazzy names too. 

I continued on through the suburb, 

finding this very homely house with yet another pointy roof. Have you ever noticed that one thing we've lost as a society when we gave up on fibro as a building material is the ability to paint houses in spearmint green?

I also found the local public school with a cute banner out the front (see the ladies inside for more information),

and this remarkably nondescript park. 

I chose to end my Blackettian adventures at the local shopping centre, a shopping strip not unlike the one in Hebersham, also with a supermarket, bottleshop and takeaway. Please enjoy possibly the worst picture I've taken in the history of the blog. 

Blackett: Bringing back pastel houses.


  1. Good to see trees and a lack of McMansions, plus more kid-friendly footpaths. The photos capture the niceness of modest houses really well. You could think of the glare in the photos as a pleasant reminder to readers of an era when the sun shone so rarely that when it did, it caught photographers by surprise.