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Treat yourself to great coffee and a ricotta cannoli when you first arrive in Five Dock, and step into the relaxed vibe and rich Italian influence of the area. The cafes, boutique pasticcerie, gelato joints, gourmet pizzerias and European food stores down and around Great North Road may prove irresistible. But you’ll also appreciate the convenience of this inner-western suburb on Canada Bay, along Sydney’s Parramatta River. Not only is Five Dock just 10 kilometres from the bustling heart of the CBD – a quick spin, and you’re minutes away from some of the best bars, eateries and shopping strips this side of the city. The popular spots of Newtown, Balmain and Strathfield are all within an easy radius and make lively and diverse hangouts, day or night.
When you’re ready to venture further afield from your base at Five Dock, you’ll be well placed to access an excellent choice of major roads. Navigating your way to some of the great escapes surrounding Sydney is simply a breeze from this perfect little starting point.
A few minutes will take you to the Great Western Highway, your best way out to the Blue Mountains – a must-see destination recommended for every traveller. Experience this majestic Australian beauty of natural splendour and you won’t ever forget it. Plan for an overnight stay if you’d like to stop at one of the charming string of towns along the road, like Katoomba or Blackheath.
Five Dock is also a short half-hour drive from the Westlink – a smooth route that opens up the Southern Highlands, or you can follow the nearby A3 route to access the New South Wales southern coast. Head up the Pacific Motorway to discover the treasures of the Central Coast. An hour north and you’ll be exploring this stunning harbour setting, with lush national parks, pretty hamlets, beautiful bush hinterland and beach walks. From Five Dock, it’s a cinch for a day trip. Extend your visit at a cosy hideaway, retreat or campsite; or splash out and book a boutique hotel or luxury lodge. And did we mention the fab eateries and seaside shopping too? There are so many options available when you arrive in your rental car.
Five Dock is part of a trio of suburbs referred to collectively as Little Italy, along with vibrant and friendly Leichhardt, and the charming heritage-listed ‘Garden Suburb’ of Haberfield. Each neighbourhood has its own distinctive flavour. But one thing they have in common is exceptional food, making the area a much-loved regular haunt for food bloggers. So, whether you jump on a food tour or simply browse the shops and streets, we recommend taking the time to explore each locale.
Almost ten percent of the community in Five Dock were born in Italy, with double the number claiming roots to the old country. The Ferragosto street festival is a lively event held annually in August on Great North Road, celebrating Five Dock’s mainly Aeolian heritage. Although the local favourite, Pasticceria Tamborrino (arguably the finest in Sydney), is run by a couple originally hailing from Rome.
Five Dock is also a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoor environment. The water views are sparkling, with parks, walks and recreational facilities set around the scenic and snug Canada Bay and Iron Cove.
If you have kids needing to let off steam, special mention should go to the dynamic Timbrell Park on Henley Marine Drive, which was awarded Best Playspace in Australia in 2010 by Parks and Leisure Australia. This innovative playground (built by the Touched by Olivia foundation) is fully inclusive, allowing for families and children of all ages and abilities to enjoy its features. There’s also a café at Livvi’s Place, plus barbecue and picnic facilities if you prefer to have lunch on the grass.
Whatever is on your time-out agenda, we trust you’ll enjoy the laid-back ambience and warm welcome you’ll receive during your trip to Five Dock.