Burwood took its name from white settlers in 1799. Merino sheep were farmed on Burwood Farm which was named after Burwood Park, England. As Sydney and its population began to grow so did Burwood with the suburb seeing more sub-divisions through the early 1800’s and in 1855 when Burwood was one of the first 6 initial stops on the new Sydney to Parramatta railway it experienced a huge growth in population.
This same railway still connects Burwood with Sydney’s CBD with the regular train service making a commute to the city a breeze and an express train can have you there in 15 minutes Burwood has many numerous examples of Victorian and Federation architecture for both residential homes and other more significant structures.
The Appian Way was initially conceived as a model housing estate and today is considered one of the best streets of Federation housing in the country, so much so that it has been heritage listed. Today Burwood is a mix of classic Federation homes with new apartments being developed around Burwood’s commercial hub around Burwood Road. Burwood has been described as multi-cultural and a quick look at its dining scene will tell you why with options ranging from Japanese, Chinese (some specialising in BBQ or dumplings), Turkish, Vietnamese and Lebanese.
If you’re in the mood for something more casual the suburb has numerous café’s (some are licensed if you’re in the mood for a cheeky vino!).
Iif you have a sweet tooth then just a short stroll away are a gelato café’s, a chocolate bar and a Chinese bakery. Or if you fancy cooking up a storm at home then you have a number of Asian supermarkets to choose from.
If you need to walk off some of that food then Burwood also has its own Westfield that hosts several major supermarkets and chain stores along with several fashion chains and its own movie theatre.
Mums or dads at home with a baby can check out the ‘Bring your Baby’ movie sessions which run three times a week. Or if outdoors is more your scene then you’re in luck as Burwood has ample open space.
Check out Burwood Park that has a shaded playground, tennis courts and outdoor chess boards. Burwood Park hosts the mobile playvan each Thursday which is a free council run initiative and is a great socialising opportunity for kids and parents.
Other parks around Burwood such as Jackett Reserve or Woodstock Park which can also be hired for birthday parties. Burwood has a number of early education and childcare centres and for primary school on wards is home to Burwood Public School, Burwood Girls High School and MLC (Methodist Ladies College). MLC also has its own aquatic centre which has offers swimming lessons for children aged 6 months and up
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