Thomas St, Croydon

Posted: January 16, 2018 in Sydney Streets
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Thomas is our youngest son.
Thomas St runs from Liverpool Rd near Ashfield shops to The Strand at Croydon; The Strand being a traditional strip shopping village near Croydon Station.
Croydon is an older suburb and so has an interesting mix of old houses – some renovated, others ready for a lick of paint and a few that will likely be bulldozed in the near future.

Thomas St
Croydon NSW 2132

thomas st croydon


Emily is our oldest daughter.
Emily St, not far The Forum at Leichhardt. Pretty little street. (And as an aside, hasn’t The Forum changed in the past 10 years? I remember taking the kids there and it was a thriving Italianate courtyard packed with restaurant goers creating a real buzz. Now it’s all a bit sad; virtually deserted, shops up for lease etc.)

On a walk in the surrounding streets it’s evident of the haphazard way some of these older streets and suburbs were settled and grew… some terraces have rear (dunny lane) access, others a side passage, others no access to the old privy at all. Shop fronts scattered through the residential areas, larger houses (the original estate house?) with generous yards. Really interesting.

Emily St
Leichhardt NSW 2040

emily st leichhardt

The Flying Duck

Posted: January 9, 2018 in Drinking at the local hotel

We were in Melbourne for the final weekend of the year. The Flying Duck Hotel at Prahran is a lovely little local, well away from the busy-ness of Chapel St, it’s a local pub, restaurant, dining room, lounge and beer garden all rolled into one. Lovely.

The Dudley at Paddington is a busy local between Paddington and Rushcutters Bay.

BUSY on Christmas Eve, but each year we always go a park at Rushcutters Bay right next to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia where we picnic and wander among the boats before they start the Sydney to Hobart.


An internet search suggests The Royal is a Paddington favourite. It’s a heritage pub situated at Five Ways, a fascinating and we imagine a $$$ area of Paddington, just up the hill from Rushcutters Bay.

A great area to go for a walk.
It’s a neighbourhood local where you can grab a drink and a seat in one of the different rooms, balcony or rooftop with views of the harbour.

Shared plates, pub classics and contemporary dishes.
Somewhere to return!


Back to Balmain… again! The Royal Oak is less than 200m from last week”s Sir William Wallace and a pub from much earlier in the year, The Dry Dock, emphasising just how many pubs there are in Balmain! And to think 90% of them are closed from the heady 1800s and early 1900s.

The Royal Oak has been done very nicely. Modern but with a real old world charm about it.

Go there.

The aim of this year was to visit a local pub each week.

The Sir William Wallace hotel at Birchgrove is possibly the most local hotel we’ve been to this year.

After parking right out the front in a very residential area, away from the busy-ness of Balmain, Rozelle and other areas of Birchgrove, we walked in to The Wally to find a very traditional, pretty much unrenovated (heritage listed, built in 1879), tiled wall pub, heavy with timber and regulars.

Free pool on Sundays has possibly swelled the numbers from 7 to 10!

Fortunately, we sat beside the window, not in the seats that had to be vacated at 5 o’clock on Sunday for two regulars who have “their” table!

All in all, a terrific, old world pub full of period character.