When Sydneysiders say they’re ‘as crook as Rookwood’ they’re making reference to the huge Rookwood Cemetery which dominates the landscape at the north-eastern side of this inner western suburb of Sydney, which lies off Parramatta Road, about half an hour from the CBD.
There are more than one million people buried here, and in the old days a fair swag of them took their last train ride from the extraordinary Mortuary Station in the heart of the city - a Gothic sandstone construction that looks like something from Bram Stoker's imagination.
On the other side of Parramatta Road, Sydney’s premier strip for car dealers, is the Olympic Games centre on Homebush Bay.
And, of course, it's not far from here by car, bus or train back into the heart of Sydney. It's this ease of transportation that makes Regents Park such an increasingly popular spot for Sydneysiders willing to put the work into restoring the old Federation and semi-detached homes that dominate the regional streetscapes.