Half Day Tour – 6 hours
Departs at 8am, Returns approximately 2pm
- Gallipoli Turkish Mosque
- Bankstown and Lakemba – Muslim towns
- Experience Malay Muslim Driver Guide
- Comprehensive tour and commentary
- Travel in air-conditioned car/van/bus
- Pitstops at/around prayer times at suitable locations
Optional Extras (to be paid on the day)
- Halal lunch at a restaurant
Sit back and relax as you travel in our air-conditioned car, van or bus. Your Driver Guide will provide details of the day’s itinerary while you enjoy the journey south-west.
Gallipoli Turkish Mosque
The Mosque has landmark qualities in a prominent position beside the Main Western Railway Line and its interiors have considerable aesthetic qualities to both the Turkish community and visitors. The aesthetic appeal of the interiors is enhanced by the various Turkish-artisan designed and imported finishes and fixtures.
The mosque exterior’s qualities are enhanced by the marble and stone imported from Turkey.
Lakemba has had a diverse demographic history. Like most of the rest of Australia, its first non-Aboriginal inhabitants in the nineteenth century were British and Irish settlers. By the mid-twentieth century, the suburb had absorbed large numbers of Greek and Italian arrivals. Local businesses and clubs reflected this in Mediterranean delicatessens, take-away shops and the Greek Orthodox Club.
From the mid-1970s, Lakemba became very popular with migrants from Lebanon and by the mid-1990s the area was considered a centre of Lebanese Australian life. The founding of the Lakemba Mosque and the establishment of specialised restaurants, take-away shops, grocery shops, clothing and book sellers has encouraged a general perception of Lakemba as a predominantly Arab and Muslim suburb, particularly in the media. In fact — in common with most of the rest of Greater Sydney — Lakemba is best described as predominantly multi-ethnic and extremely diverse, but with an Arabic-speaking and Muslim plurality.