Newtown is a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Newtown is located approximately 4 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and lies across the local government areas of the City of Sydney and Marrickville Council.
King Street is the main street of Newtown and centre of commercial and entertainment activity. Enmore Road branches off King Street towards the suburb of Enmore at Newtown Bridge, where the road passes over the railway line at Newtown Station. Enmore Road and King Street together comprise a 9.1 kilometre round-trip of some 600 shopfronts. The main shopping strip of Newtown is the longest and most complete commercial precinct of the late Victorian and Federation period in Australia. King Street is often referred to as "Eat Street" in the media due to the large number of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Newtown is a centre of Thai cuisine, but its diverse culture has attracted an astounding array of cuisines, including Balinese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Japanese, Indian, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, African, French, Turkish, Sri Lankan, Lebanese and both traditional and modern Australian. Cafe's, restaurants and galleries can also be found in the streets surrounding King Street - in particular Enmore Road, Wilson Street and Australia Street. Erskineville Road's cafes and pubs are also a short walk from King Street.
Newtown railway station is located on the Inner West line of the CityRail network. Sydney Buses operates buses to Newtown.
In the 1990s, Newtown High School was chosen by the NSW Department of Education and Training as the site for a new specialised performing arts high school, which would combine traditional academic subjects with music and theatrical performance education. The school was renamed Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.
Primary and infants school include: Newtown Public School; North Newtown Public School; Australia Street Infants School and Camdenville Public School.
Newtown today is a vibrant Sydney suburb with over 600 stores, 70 restaurants (including many Thai restaurants), 40 cafes, pubs and entertainment venues along King Street and Enmore Road. Newtown has been a hub for live entertainment since the late 1800s. During the 1980s the many pubs in the area housed a thriving live music scene, notably the The Sandringham in King Street.
Newtown and its surrounding areas have the highest concentration of independent theatres and live performance spaces in Sydney. Theatres include: New Theatre, formed in 1932 and is Australia's oldest continuously performing theatre. Newtown Theatre, on the corner of King and Bray Streets, Newtown South; Enmore Theatre on Enmore Road (actually in the suburb of Enmore) and the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.