A Weekend in… Tempe
Inner-westies are flocking to Tempe – and not just to stock up on flat-packed Swedish furniture. As the search for affordability marches ever southward, Tempe is blipping the radar of savvy buyers.
Just 9km from the city, the upcoming hotspot is moments from the culture and buzz of the inner west, while to the south is the green corridor of the Cooks River and the laid-back beachfront of Botany Bay.
Spend a weekend exploring all that Tempe has to offer before the secret truly gets out.
A visit to Clock On/Off will dispel any doubt that hipsters and creatives have ventured south of St Peters. The minimalistic warehouse space on the Princes Highway is part roasting house and cafe, part creative space and studio. Enjoy breakfast and a brew before taking a stroll or cycle along the nearby Cooks River. Keen to head offshore? The River Canoe Club, across from Tempe Station, runs regular paddling events including the weekend Coffee Run – a round trip to Brighton-Le-Sands for brunch.
Young families and professionals take over Tempe’s cottage-lined streets on Saturday mornings, in search of the Great Australian Dream. Freestanding homes make up more than 60 per cent of the area’s housing stock, and the remaining portion is mostly semi-detached. Prices have shot up almost 70 per cent over the past five years, but Tempe still offers considerable value compared to other parts of the inner west. Its median house price of $1.18 million is $200,000 lower than that of Marrickville– an earlier refuge for priced-out inner-west buyers.
Once your house hunt is sorted, a visit to IKEA will likely be on your to-do list. For a sustainable alternative, rummage for a bargain next door at the gigantic Salvation Army warehouse, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Tempe Tip’.
If you pass on the Swedish meatballs, enjoy a pie with mash and peas at the local outpost of iconic Harry’s Cafe De Wheels. A little further up the Princes Highway you’ll find another roadside eatery, Philly Up, which promises Sydney’s best Philly cheese steak.
Step back in time with a visit to Tempe House. The oldest surviving building south of the Cooks River, the Grand 1830s villa is open for tours four times a year.
Stop in for an afternoon drink at another local landmark, Tempe Hotel, where local artisan beer, Willie the Boatman, is on tap.
Follow the oom pah-pah music from Tempe Station to the Concordia Club for a night of German-style hospitality. If there’s anything better than a gigantic pork knuckle or schnitzel for dinner, it’s devouring it uninterrupted while the kids run free on the club’s lawn.
If you crave something less meaty, just head a few minutes up the highway to tap into the limitless options of neighbouring Newtown or Enmore.
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