Newtown in Sydney’s inner west is a unique neighborhood in Sydney. With a thriving music scene, many amazing restaurants and lots of unique clothing shops making Newtown a vibrant inner-city neighborhood.
But the main reason for me to venture to this neck of the woods is because of its infamous graffiti scene. Newtown has a large number of excellent artworks to check out through a vast area. So, if you want to check out some of these cool paintings as well, I have made a short self-guided 1-hour walk that will take you along some of the largest and most known pieces.
Newtown graffiti | Let’s get started
Start on the corner of King Street and Church Street – a bus from the city is the best way to get to the starting point (Click here on how to get there). Turn left and make your way down Church Street for your first stop.
STOP 1 | ST STEPHENS CHURCH AND CEMETERY
This first stop will not be a graffiti related one, but I thought it was a cool stop to not include. The St. Stephens Church and cemetery on Church Street.
The cemetery (1849 – 1942) | In this graveyard lie buried the remains of many people who contributed to building Australia as we know today. Some brave explores, A Colonel of H.M. 80th Regimen, Doctors and even Australia’s oldest inhabitant at the time of her death. Additionally, the ground has a cemetery lodge, a fig tree that was planted in 1848 and a great variety of monuments. The entrance to this cemetery is located at the intersection of Church Street and Victoria Street.
Once you have seen the cemetery, make sure to wander around it as well. You will find the Camperdown Memorial Park. The walls surrounding the park and the stone fence of the graveyard provide an outdoor gallery for street artists. It is a nice place to chill on a nice sunny day.
After lapping the park head to Lennox street for the start of the mini self-guided walking ‘tour’.
STOP 2 | FLOOD EMERGENCY SUPPLY DROP DOOR FINTAN MAGEE
On your way to Lennox Street, you will walk past this large painting. You can find it on the wall of 284 Church Street, just before Lennox street.
It is one of the earlier Newtown murals that Fintan Magee painted sometime before October 2012.
On the corner of Church Street and Lennox Street, just a couple of meters down from this one, you will find your next masterpiece.
STOP 3 | PERFECT MATCH – ALEX LEHOURS
Turn left down Lennox Street and continuing walking on the left-hand side of the street until you reach Mary Street.
Along the way, you will encounter a ‘scribble’ wall and a motor shop with the outside painted in typical Australian scenes. On your right-hand side, you will see the Camperdown Memorial Park, if you didn’t go to the cemetery, then make sure you check out this park. It has some amazing graffiti works.
On the corner of Mary Street and Lennox street, you will find your next stop.
STOP 4 | HIDE AND SEEK – KYLE HUGES-ODGERS
After snapping some shots of this great artwork follow Lennox Street again and make sure to check out the back wall of Memorial Park. Here you can find a couple of large colorful murals.
If you hang out for just a couple of minutes you will probably see a plane flying over lowly. The airport is reasonably close by, so planes are landing regularly. Pretty cool!
On the corner of the park, you can find the Courthouse Hotel, a pub with delicious food and reasonably priced drinks. During a sunny winter’s afternoon, it was packed with locals chilling in the sun. I got some tasty Nachos and a soft drink and got to unwind in the winters sun for a bit.
Continue on Lennox Street and walk towards number 112.
STOP 5 |THE EMPEROR’S DAUGHTER
STOP 6 | WALL OF SOUND #GIANTJUNGLEBIRD BY JUMBOIST
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