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Lilyfield

Why live in Lilyfield?

History
Some say the suburb is named after lily fields, but it's not certain whether this is the case or not.

Snuggled in the inner west's harbour, a 10-15 minute bus jaunt from the city centre, Lilyfield is a small suburb adjacent to Rozelle, Annandale and Leichhardt. It's a mixing pot of traditional working class, the family renovator and the well heeled.

The area was originally home to the Gadigal Aboriginal group and the Wangal group.

The suburb has strong working class roots, with boatbuilders and ships' captains settling here in the late 1830s. In the mid-1830s, shipbuilding firms established themselves in the area. The suburb became industrialised from the 1870s onwards. The population grew solidly industrial and blue-collar, with residents typically working as builders, carpenters, boilermakers and ship builders. Industry took a hold here in the 1900s.

One of the most important employers in the area was Mort's Docks, owned by Thomas Sutcliffe Mort. In the 1890s, another large industrial complex, Lever Brothers, manufacturer of Sunlight soap, was established at White Bay.

Famous Landmarks
The Iron Cove Bridge, Rozelle Marshalling Yards and the Glebe Island Terminal are landmarks in the area. The White Bay Hotel on Victoria Road is also something of a marker for the suburb.

One of the most remarkable collections of buildings can be found on the Parramatta River. Formerly known as Callan Park and later as Rozelle Hospital, it is now a campus for the Sydney College of the Arts. This beautiful harbour side setting was the site for Callan Park Hospital for the Insane, built by the Henry Parkes government.

Rodd Island is also a visible landmark in the area.

Real Estate & Design
It's a tranquil suburb with tiny weatherboard cottages, freestanding brick houses and terraces with character. It's a haven for young families with quiet, leafy streets and an air of remoteness from the rest of Sydney.

Restaurants & Cafes
There's a mix of everything in the Lilyfield area- good restaurants, cosy cafés and welcoming pubs. Dozens of cuisines are on offer - Italian, Thai, Greek, Mexican and Chinese. More serious gastronomes should head for Balmain/Rozelle for Bird Cow Fish, the Rozelle Fishbowl or Liquidity bar and restaurant, with its wonderful waterfront location. Or, it's a ten-minute drive to Norton Street and any one of the cosy Italian restaurants.

Shopping
The area is a great place for browsing markets including the Rozelle Market, held in the grounds of the high school every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm, and the Balmain Market, in the church grounds, as well as the new organic food market held weekly at Orange Grove Primary School.

A stroll along Balmain's Darling Street reveals chic cafés, jewellery shops and clothes shops as well as beloved Pentimento Bookshop, the sensational Victoire bakery and the colourful Emile's Fruit Store.

Closer to busy Victoria Road, you'll find antique stores, nurseries, children's wear shops and Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, some of the most exquisite chocolates in Sydney.

Schools, Education & Institutions
Orange Grove Public School is the closest state school in the area. Others are Leichhardt Public School, Leichhardt High School, Balmain Primary School and Balmain High School. Birchgrove Primary and Balmain-Lilyfield Montessori School are also a short drive away.

Sports and Fitness
Nearby is the restored Dawn Fraser Pool at the edge of the very charming, harbourside Elkington Park. Or if you like more than one pool, head for the Leichhardt Aquatic Centre, near Leichhardt Oval. You can become a member of the Leichhardt Rowing Club or the Haberfield Rowing Club, join the Balmain Leagues Club and use the gym facilities or just make use of the many wonderful parks in the area.

Distance from the CBD & Transportation
There are good connections to the CBD via RTA buses.

Lilyfield is approximately 6 km away from the CBD.

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