1. Explore the street art, including the heritage-listed ‘I have a Dream’ mural
Newtown, Enmore and Erskineville contain some of the most exciting and creative street art you will find in any suburban streets. Walk down King Street or duck into the back lanes, and feast your eyes on mandalas, oversized people, birds with hats and plenty of owls. And who could ever forget the King Street “I Have a Dream” mural in Indigenous colours, which is now heritage listed. Lots of love in Newtown for Phibs, Nico, Skulk, bafcat, Fintan Magee, birdhat and more. If you have a blank wall, there is a perfect piece of street art for you.
2. Visit the Camperdown Cemetery and our ancient Moreton Bay Fig
Spend any time on Instagram and you will have seen it – the incredible Moreton Bay Fig tree in St Stephen’s Church grounds. This tree is over 165 years old and has featured on film and television many times, including the My Place series, where the tree marked a special community place throughout the changing decades of each historical episode. When you browse the cemetery look out for the collective headstone of the 120 crew and passengers killed when the Dunbar ship came to grief during a Winter gale in 1857. Lots of stories here.
3. Browse Newtown markets on a Saturday afternoon
Like to shop vintage? Or buy handmade? The Newtown Neighbourhood Centre hosts the Newtown Community Market every Saturday, opposite Newtown Station at the end of Australia Street. Each week vendors set up their personal bric-a-brac, lovingly hand-made soaps and candles, second hand books and organic fruit for our browsing pleasure. The market stall fees support the programs at the Neighbourhood Centre.
4. Dance in the Dark
Now for something completely different – No Lights No Lycra. Walk into the St Stephens church hall on Thursday at 5.30pm and dance. Without any lights on. Try new moves and totally lose yourself in the music – dance like nobody’s watching. Do you dare? These are popular classes so be prepared to sweat. More information here: www.nolightsnolycra.com
5. Drop in to Young Henry’s for local beer or cider
Young Henry’s has brewed a beer, concocted a cider and distilled a gin. And the Newtowner, first brewed as part of Newtown’s sesquicentenary celebrations, is only ever poured in areas with the postcode 2042 – Newtown’s postcode. What better way to celebrate being in Newtown by finding the Young Henry’s relaxed lounge and trying our local beer. Don’t miss their popular brewery tours either.