Often referred to as Little Portugal, Petersham in Sydney's Inner West is ideally located near the city's central business district. From Petersham to the city it is just seven kilometres, making it prime real estate. Petersham is closely neighboured by Stanmore, Lewisham and Marrickville (the suburb's electoral district).
Petersham's residents are predominately from Southern Europe, in particular Portugal, so it is no wonder that Petersham hosts the Portuguese festival known as the Audley Street Festival. Development of Petersham began back in 1793 and the area's main source of income came from its agricultural industry. Many of the businesses in Petersham are run by its Portuguese population and the suburb is home to many popular Portuguese restaurants.
When you are visiting Petersham you will notice that a number of the homes are terraced, which gives the area a real European vibe. One of Petersham's most notable landmarks is the Fort Street High School. Established back in 1849, Fort Street High School is well known as being Australia's oldest government high school. For those who are fans of lawn bowls, be sure to stop in at the Petersham Bowling Club one of the oldest bowling clubs in Australia.