Homebush West

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Homebush West
SydneyNew South Wales
Homebush West Church.JPG
St Dominics Catholic Church
Population8,609 (2016 census)[1]
Location16 km (10 mi) west of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Municipality of Strathfield, Cumberland Council
State electorate(s)Strathfield
Federal Division(s)Reid
Suburbs around Homebush West:
Lidcombe Flemington Homebush Bay
Lidcombe Homebush West Homebush
Rookwood Strathfield Homebush
The Crescent, Homebush West

Homebush West is a suburb in the Inner West[2] of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Homebush West is located 16 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area's of the Municipality of Strathfield and the Cumberland Council. Homebush and Homebush Bay are separate suburbs to the east and north-east.


This area was originally known as Liberty Plains but was called Flemington by John Fleming, who was granted 200 acres (0.81 km2) here in 1806. The bush was turned into paddocks and later was the site of a cattle saleyard. In the early 1970s, the Sydney Markets were built at Flemington to relieve the Paddy's Markets at Haymarket, in the city. Since the establishment of Sydney Markets at Flemington in 1975, the residential part of the suburb, south of the railway line became known as Homebush West.[3]

Homebush was established in the 1800s by the colony's then assistant surgeon D'arcy Wentworth. According to local government historian Michael Jones, "Wentworth is popularly credited with having called the area after his 'home in the bush', although Homebush is also a place in Kent." [4]


Homebush West is serviced by Flemington railway station, on the Inner West & Leppington Line of the Sydney Trains network.

Commercial area[edit]

Homebush West has a small group of shops located in The Crescent, beside Flemington railway station and is also the location of the DFO Homebush factory outlet shopping centre.

Homebush West is home to a variety of Asian restaurants and business reflecting its ethnic demographics. Chinese, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan, Indian, Malaysian and Nepalese restaurants, businesses and food stores are found across the suburb.[5][6]


The local school is Homebush West Public School servicing K-6. St Dominics Primary School closed in 2006.

Places of Worship[edit]

  • St Dominic's Catholic Church
  • St Columba Anglican Church (closed in 1999, used later as Inner West Baptist Church, heritage-listed by Strathfield Council)[7]
  • St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
  • Sri Karphaga Vinayakar Hindu Temple


At the 2016 census, there were 8,609 residents in Homebush West. 21.9% of people were born in Australia. The next most common countries of birth were India 17.1%, China 17.1%, Nepal 5.6%, Korea, South Korea 5.0% and Sri Lanka 3.5%. 15.9% of people spoke only English at home. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 16.5%, Cantonese 8.6%, Tamil 6.4%, Nepali 6.0% and Korean 5.8%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 25.7% and Hinduism 24.4%.[1]


The following were either born or have lived at some time in the suburb of Homebush West:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Homebush West (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Suburb Guide: Sydney Inner West Archived 26 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 124
  4. ^ Jones, Michael (1985). Oasis in the West: Strathfield's first hundred years. North Sydney: Allen & Unwin Australia. ISBN 0-86861-407-6, pg 15
  5. ^ Unsung food suburbs: Homebush West, Sydney
  6. ^ Flemington Shops
  7. ^ strathfield heritage.org
  8. ^ Jack Pollard Syd (1994). "Palmer, George Thomas Bryan (1899 - 1990)". Australian Rugby - The Game and the Players. p. 456.

Coordinates: 33°52′05″S 151°04′15″E / 33.86801°S 151.07088°E / -33.86801; 151.07088