Newcomer’s Guide to Sydney Suburb Paddington
Paddington is a stylish inner-city suburb that’s filled with boutique shops, trendy bars and bustling cafes. Affectionately referred to by locals as ‘Paddo’, it tends to attract white-collar professionals who enjoy letting loose on the weekends.
The People of Paddington
In addition to the local Aussies, Paddington is home to a significant proportion of expats from England, New Zealand, USA, South Africa and Ireland. Unlike Bondi Beach or Kings Cross, it doesn’t generally draw crowds from other parts of Sydney on weeknights or weekends – which gives Paddington a strong sense of community.
Sydney’s iconic Oxford Street runs through the centre of Paddington, which is where the locals head for food, drinks and entertainment. Paddington also has a thriving LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community, and every year the Mardi Gras parade takes place nearby in the neighbouring suburb of Darlinghurst.
Housing Options and Prices In Paddington
Paddington is a wonderful place to live, but it’s not exactly cheap. The median rental price per week in this suburb is around $550 per week for a one bedroom, $650 per week for a two bedroom and then jumps to $1100 per week for a three bedroom.
In terms of rental properties, you can choose between two main options: terrace houses and apartments.
The older-style terraces have mostly all been renovated, but you can occasionally encounter terraces with problems such as cracked plaster and rising damp. The other thing to bear in mind is that Sydney’s terraces are quite narrow and their staircases are steep – making them unsuitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Meanwhile, the apartment buildings in Paddington are all fairly modern, and some have great views of the city.
Buses are the easiest way to get around Paddington – with major services running regularly along Oxford Street. From here, you can travel to Circular Quay, Town Hall and Central Station and further west – while in the other direction you can go to Bondi, Bondi Junction or Bronte. For timetable information, visit TransportNSW.
Because Paddington is so close to the heart of the Sydney CBD, it’s not strictly necessary to own a car. Additionally, it can be hard to find parking on the street.
- On Foot
Paddington is only about a twenty minute walk away from Sydney’s Town Hall – which is convenient if you work in the CBD.
Things to Do in Paddington
- Paddington Markets
Held every Saturday at the Paddington Uniting Church on Oxford Street, the Paddington Markets sell artworks, antiques, clothes, jewellery and food.
- Five Ways
“Five Ways” refers to a junction of streets in Paddington (namely Glenmore Road, Goodhope Street, Heeley Street and Broughton Street). Here you’ll find a stack of great cafes, shops and restaurants that are guaranteed to keep you entertained.
Anyone who likes fashion and shopping will love browsing the assortment of boutique fashion stores on Oxford Street.
- Chauvel Cinema
Located on Oxford Street, the Chauvel Cinema regularly screens art-house films from around the world.
- Centennial Park
The tranquillity of Centennial Park makes this the perfect place to get some fresh air and exercise.
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About the Author: Louise Carter is a blogger, copywriter and poet who is also currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney.