• Hit the Marrickville pavement – A walking tour

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  • Our self-guided walking tour of Marrickville will take about 45 minutes (plus time for lunch).

    Just 7km from the CBD, Marrickville is fast becoming one of Sydney’s most iconic suburbs - a melting pot of cuisines, creative arts and characters founded on a rich multicultural heritage.

    The perfect introduction, this self-guided walking tour explores Marrickville’s historical architecture at a leisurely pace, finishing up at the pub.

    So, strap on your walking shoes; you're in for a treat.

    Start at the Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Road

    Standing proudly in the multicultural hub of Marrickville, this post-war civic building was opened on the 11th February, 1922 as part of Marrickville Council’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

    With 9-metre-high ceilings and a working Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, it’s used today for markets, concerts, conferences and other pop-up events.

    Marrickville Road

    Head south-east down Marrickville Road toward Fletcher Street.

    This is the main shopping strip of Marrickville featuring cafes and clothing stores, as well as the street art of Ces Camilleri from Creative Artistic Steel.

    Take your time here to explore what’s on offer and chat to the locals.

    Old Police Station, 4 Gladstone Street

    Turn left onto Gladstone Road where you’ll find the old Marrickville Police Station. Originally built in 1895, this heritage listed building has an unusual rusticated design attributed to NSW Government Architect, Walter Liberty Vernon and later, George McRae. The large entry arch, English bond brickwork and slate gable roof are remarkable.

    When you’re done, make your way back to Marrickville Road, turn left and then right onto Silver Street. 

    Silver Street

    This is your chance to get a real feel for suburban Marrickville; originally part of the “Marrick Estate” owned by Thomas Chalder and subdivided in February 1855.

    In Silver Street, you’ll find both detached and terraced Victorian houses built in the late 19th century as well as Federation style homes built in the 20th century.

    At the end of Silver Street, turn left on to Sydenham Road and then right on to Illawarra.

    The Henson, 91 Illawarra Road

    We finish our walking tour at this community driven hotel which is focused on quality, seasonality and sustainability.

    Originally the Marrick Hotel, its first publican William Dean is credited with adding the “ville” to Marrick when it was first gazetted in 1861.

    Take a seat and enjoy a long lunch or afternoon drink – you’ve earned it.

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