EARLWOOD At A Glance
A leafy residential oasis in the inner-west, Earlwood is an up-and-coming suburb that’s been a hidden gem for years. With tree-lined streets, large blocks of land, and a village feel, it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Young professionals soak up the culture, city links and eclectic dining scene.
The rich multicultural makeup of the suburb, and its delicious delis, specialty stores and restaurants.
The Growers’ Market in Earlwood is really good with imported pasta and sauces and they just opened a café that has Italian pastries.
Former Prime Minister John Howard grew up in Earlwood (fun fact: KFC now sits on the site of his home!).
Earlwood has been moving into the spotlight, thanks to its diverse community and family-friendly feel. Locals enjoy a laid-back, cultured lifestyle – all while being just nine kilometres from the CBD. The suburb is known for its wide, tree-lined streets and huge blocks, so they also have space to move.
As for amenities, Earlwood has plenty of lush parks, many of which have playgrounds and off-leash dog areas. The Cooks River is a hive of activity, with locals running, walking and riding their bikes along its bike paths every day. The Homer Street strip is a shopping precinct made up of supermarkets, produce stores, delis, banks and pharmacies, as well as cafés, restaurants and dessert bars. While new dining and entertainment spots are popping up all the time, there are many more options in nearby hubs like Marrickville, Dulwich Hill and Newtown.
Held annually since 2001, the Earlwood Village Festival brings the community together for a day of eating and entertainment. The line-up changes every year, but you can expect live music, dance performances, amusement rides and stalls serving up international cuisine.
While gentrification is breathing new life and energy into the area, Earlwood is as friendly and welcoming as ever – the kind of place where neighbours stop to chat.
Earlwood is a lovely mix of families, professionals and older residents, many of whom moved in during the post-war years to raise their families, and never found a reason to leave. With large blocks of land, sprawling parks and great schools nearby, the suburb is a magnet for young families. Most of them have children in primary and high schools, but a smattering of university students also call Earlwood home. Along with young professionals and couples, they love the closeness to the city and the burgeoning dining scene.
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The suburb has become something of a sweet sensation – and we mean that literally. Foodies flock to famous dessert bars like The Sweet Spot, Adora Handmade Chocolates and Patisserie New York to get their sugary fix. If you’re just visiting Earlwood, don’t leave without trying a traditional Greek pastry.
When they need something, locals head straight to Homer Street, the suburb’s main commercial precinct. It has a strip of supermarkets, delis, butchers, bakeries, pharmacies and banks. There is a string of specialty stores too, reflecting the suburb’s multicultural makeup.
PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS
Earlwood is a family-friendly haven. Along with being close to excellent schools, it has many parks, most of which have playgrounds with equipment for various ages, dog off-leash areas, or bike tracks. Earlwood Park, Hughes Park and Girraween Park are neighbourhood favourites.
Strolling down the tree-lined streets of Earlwood you’ll most likely spot a mix of Californian bungalows, Art Deco homes, terrace houses and the odd apartment block. A low-density area, the suburb is mostly made up of freestanding houses, and many sit on large blocks of land with backyards for the kids to run around. Birrellea, Kitchener and Airedale Avenues and Wellington Road are among the best streets in Earlwood – they’re wide, leafy and quiet, and big blocks are common. Homer Street is great if you don’t mind a bit of bustle, as is Woolcott Street.