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Leichhardt

Why live in Leichhardt?

History
Leichhardt, in Sydney’s inner west was originally known as Piperston after the pioneering naval Piper family were granted land there in 1811. Later, the name was changed to “Leichhardt” in honour of the famous outback explorer.

These days, the suburb combines a vibrant retail and residential life, thanks largely to the Italian community that is the suburb’s soul.

Famous Landmarks
For Rugby League lovers, Leichhardt oval is a sacred landmark. Those of us more interested in food, wine, coffee and people watching won’t leave Norton Street.

Real Estate & Design
Like many of Sydney’s inner city suburbs, Leichhardt blends fine housing dating from the Victorian era, smaller Edwardian semi detached houses and contemporary apartments.

Restaurants & Cafes
In the pursuit of the pleasures of an Italian table, you need look no further than Leichhardt. Start with Sydney’s best coffee, and then work your way through simple family run restaurants (and yes, Mamma is in the kitchen) through to chic modern Italian run by the likes of icon Lucio Galletto.

Shopping
Slip the car into the underground park on Norton Street, and start walking. First stop, the Italian Forum, styled like a Roman Piazza with shops, food and apartments. It’s a place to shop and to be seen. After browsing the boutiques, slip around into Marion Street to AC Butchery for the Sydneys’ greatest sausages, and then wander back along Parramatta Road to take a peek at the traditional stores operated by the old Italian families.

Schools, Education & Institutions
St Columbas and St Fiacres are the two local Catholic Schools, with the State represent by Leichardt Primary and High schools.

Sports and Fitness
Jog the turf of the football greats at Leichhardt oval, try a few laps of the Leichhardt pool, or perhaps aqua aerobics and pump a little iron at the aquatic centre. Walking briskly around Marion and Norton Streets, stopping briefly for a little coffee, a sip or two of Pinot Grigio and bowl of hi carbohydrate pasta is a civilised alternative.

Distance from the CBD & Transportation
Leichhardt is 6.5km west of the CBD, with the 435 bus getting you to the City in about 20 minutes. You can grab the light rail in nearby Lilyfield, or the fast train services from Stanmore and Petersham on the southern boundary of the suburb.

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