We arrived off the plane from San Francisco mid morning and the hotel rooms weren't ready, so we decided to explore. We took a ferry to Balmain, and wandered about the streets there, found some cute little shops and a bar where we had a beer (yeah, jet-lagged and all!). These guys were playing bowls nearby. Like time stood still!
LEICHARDT is an inner west Sydney suburb adjacent to Annadale just a short distance down Parramatta Road from Sydney University. It is known as 'Little Italy'. Norton Street is the center where all the good stuff is, heaps of restaurants and cafè's, and possibly the best gelato in the world (well apart from, you know Italy!).
Another sight here is the Italian Forum you find walking through an alley off Norton, which brings you to a modern piazza. Very charming and colourfull place. defintely worth visiting. While you're there, check out Leichardt Town Hall. You can't miss it if you stroll up Norton.
if u want to stay somewhere beside the city,
i recommend cronulla, its about 40 mins out of the city, u can catch a train from central station.