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Top 10 Sydney by Steve Womersley, Rachel Neustein

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Paddington & Surry Hills

Back in the 1960s, Paddington’s neglected Victorian charms were rediscovered by “trendies” who zealously set about restoring the area’s terraces. Most of Paddington’s working-class residents took fright and fled to suburbs far away. Now mostly white-collar families occupy the renovated terraces, and this hilly district, bordered by Centennial Park, Moore Park, Darlinghurst and the Eastern Suburbs, is one of Sydney’s smartest addresses. Its main strip, Oxford Street, is a window-shopper’s heaven and its backstreets a delight for anyone who loves Victorian architecture. Surry Hills’ charms took a little longer to be appreciated, ...

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