Stories of Illawarra Road, an Audio Walk

Stories of Illawarra Rd is a guided audio journey by Marrickville’s locals both past and present. You will hear many of them at the locations these stories have taken place. A narrator will guide you to stop and listen in front of homes, playgrounds, laneways and shopfronts. A walk down Illawarra Road is a walk-through time.
These stories represent only a part of Marrickville’s rich and deep history. There are many stories that are not told and many we could not tell.   Marrickville is a very loved place by those who live there and have lived there, we didn’t meet anyone who wasn’t proud of their Marrickville. Illawarra Road is stunning. When you walk down/up you are walking through the heart of Marrickville. And each block has its own heart beat.

We hope you enjoy it! 

Nick and Claudia

You will need to install and set up the Gesso app

Gesso set up Instructions

Best experienced with Headphones!


Walking information

  • Fully charge your phone
  • The walk is 2.2km long
  • Allow 90 minutes
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a hat are recommended.
  • Bring a water bottle. 
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Stroller accessible.
  • Service animals are allowed.
  • The audio is in English.

Directions to the cnr of Addison and Illawarra Rd

Driving. If you are driving, there is limited street parking available.

Public Transport to Addison Road. From Marrickville Train Station Cycling, Walking and Bus route

These are some of our favourite places along Illawarra Road to eat and drink!
  • Illi Hill Café 72 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
  • The Henson 91 Illawarra Rd,
  • Miss Sina 132 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville 
  • Banh Cuon Ba Oanh 343 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
  • The Yeeros Shop Marrickville 431 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
  • Athena’s Cake Shop 412 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville
  • Dana’s Deli Café 416 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville

With special thanks to Rod Aanensen, Chris Ahtypis, Angelo Constantine, Nora Barakat Francis, Gemma Haigh, Theo Houllis, Peggy Lane, Tina Dana Lopez. Craig Pietersen, Brian Slattery, Andreas Andrew Stathopoulos, Cain Stewart, Cecily Su, Alex Ozmen,  and Platon Theodoris. This project has been created by Nick Wishart and Claudia Chidiac