Weekend in St Peters

by Urbane Property

Hang out like a local with our weekend guide to St Peters. Along with being a stroll from Newtown and Erskineville’s best bars and restaurants, the former brickmaking district has plenty of its own appeal.

After dwelling in the shadows of its better-known neighbours, St Peters is now enjoying its time in the sun. From the rolling hills of Sydney Park to the creative industrial quarter and quaint, cottage-lined streets, there are many faces to this colourful neighbourhood. Just 7km south of the CBD, St Peters is the southern gateway to the inner west, providing a quick trip to the city via St Peters Station, and easy access to the popular bordering suburbs of Erskineville, Alexandria and Marrickville. Its 3145 residents are predominantly full-time young professionals with an average age of just 34.

Head towards the suburb’s unmistakable landmark – a quartet of towering heritage-listed brick chimneys – and discover just how far St Peters has evolved beyond its gritty industrial origins.

Morning

Join the joggers, local dogs and early-bird children by starting your day with a stroll through Sydney Park. What started out as a brick pit, then a rubbish dump, was converted to a park in the 90s, becoming the green lungs of St Peters and its surrounding suburbs. Spanning more than 100 acres, the park is St Peters’ beloved backyard, with wetlands, birds and frogs offering a sense of wilderness just steps away from urban life.

Grab a coffee at the park’s bustling kiosk while you let the kids go free-range in the playground, and check out the best bike track in town, complete with tunnel and working traffic lights.

The park is also home to Sydney City Farm, where local residents can get involved in a range of agriculture and sustainability projects – from weeding to workshops.

Mid-morning

Auctions and open-houses are a Saturday staple in St Peters, as more inner-west buyers become aware of the lifestyle appeal and value it offers. The rise in popularity has seen prices increase by around 50 per cent in the past five years to a median of $1.18 million and $760,000 for houses and units, respectively. Victorian cottages and terraces dominate the back streets, with houses representing 60 per cent of all stock. Two-thirds of these are semi-detached, some boasting fresh, contemporary makeovers, others brimming with un-renovated potential.

Midday

Follow your nose to Sample Coffee Roasters, which combines house-roasted coffee with simple, tasty food. Try a sandwich flavoured with specialty condiments, round it off with a freshly-baked slice, and wash it down with a unique soda blend.

Once you’ve digested, the Sydney Trapeze School offers a unique way to get your blood pumping, open for one-off sessions and regular weekly classes.

Afternoon

Tucked in the back streets behind the Princes Highway, you’ll find Precinct 75 – a creative cluster of 12 old industrial buildings that are now home to an eclectic mix of makers, bakers and movers-and-shakers. Many of the studios have shopfronts, providing a pleasant afternoon of browsing. Don’t miss craft brewery Willie the Boatman. Occupying a rustic space with tin walls, raw wooden floors and mismatched recycled furniture, the brewery has a tasting room open to the public from Thursday through to Sunday. There’s a food truck parked outside most weekends.

Evening

Wander up South King Street and take your pick from an array of restaurants and cosy wine bars in neighbouring Newtown and Erskineville.

After dinner, St Peters is the place to try one of Sydney’s more unusual leisure activities – axe throwing. Urban axe-throwing playground, Maniax brings the old lumberjack’s sport to the city, taking bookings for social axe throwing on the last Saturday of each month. They also offer date-night sessions every second Friday, inviting couples to branch out from the traditional dinner-and-a-movie routine. It’s one of the many unexpected delights to be found in this intriguing corner of the inner west.

 

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