West of the centre, immediately beyond Darling Harbour, the inner-city areas of Glebe and Newtown surround Sydney University, their vibrant artistic communities and cultural mix enlivened by large student populations. On a peninsula north of Glebe and west of The Rocks, Balmain is a gentrified former working-class dock area popular for its village atmosphere, while west of Glebe Leichhardt is a focus for Sydney’s Italian community.

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