Sydney Suburb Profile: Glebe
Glebe – History Lives
Sandwiched between the CBD, Sydney Harbour and several universities, Glebe and its immediate neighbour Forest Lodge, are popular suburbs of some 18,000 people across 223 hectares making it one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Sydney. Most residents live in medium or high-density homes with easy transport connections to the CBD and inner-west including the light-rail.
The arterial life line of the area is Glebe Point Road. This living vibrant spine running from the bustle of Broadway with its shops, people and traffic to the harbour foreshore of Rozelle Bay where super yachts are moored opposite these much-loved parklands. A stroll along Glebe Point Road reveals an eclectic mix of colonial architecture, markets, many cafes, pubs, wine bars, mini-breweries, lots of food stores, galleries and antique shops.
A Little Bit of History
First settled in 1789, with a major land grant to the Church of England in 1790, past legacies of trams, boat building, factories, warehouses, social housing and colonial splendor, much now reinvented, continue to characterise this an area of colour and spirit. Once grand department stores and tram sheds have been re-born as modern facilities.
This inner-city suburb blends a rich history, with an eclectic mix of neighbourhoods, village shops and foreshore parklands all connected to the wider world by light-rail and an easy bus ride to Central Station.
The area is home to three leading universities. The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and has always had a major impact on Glebe. More recently the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Notre Dame Australia continue that tradition.
Something to Eat
For residents and visitors alike you’ll never go hungry in Glebe, from the moment you arrive in the area there’s a big choice of food. This ranges from sushi and Asian bakeries, across every cuisine. There’s an endless choice of cafes with their boutique coffee brands and there are also modern food-courts. And being just 2.5kms from the Sydney CBD is no impediment, what variety of food the cafes don’t serve, the many pubs do.
Back to Nature
Glebe’s parks are the perfect respite for two-legged and four-legged locals and include Glebe Foreshore, Jubilee, Blackwattle Bay and Victoria Parks. The Victoria Park Pool is popular all year. Plus, an array of smaller local parks including the delightful Dr. H J Foley Rest Park are dotted here and there. On weekends the foreshore parks are packed from early morning, with runners to families lingering late at the end of their Sunday escapes with cricket and picnics the day’s main priority.
A Spot of Shopping
Glebe Point Road is lined with an endless variety of shops, they are in several clusters, they’re highly personal and original and cover every day needs and services.
Nearby you’ll also find big-ticket facilities as diverse as Sydney Fish Markets, Broadway Shopping Centre, Central Park and The Tramsheds Harold Park, all together a glorious mix. This mix delivers an amazing and rich combination along with the usual must-have majors like department stores and supermarket. Plus, there’s almost unlimited cafés, arts and culture, deli’s, produce, bakeries and book shops. This is a 24-hour location with almost every corner revealing some hidden treasures, while hopping on the light-rail soon takes you to the CBD.
Glebe’s historic and more modern architecture alone could be considered enough culture for any suburb. The areas cultural diversity includes the Nicholson Museum at The University of Sydney, the Sze Yup Kwan Ti Temple first established in 1898 and the nearby facilities of the ABC and the Seymour Centre. There are varied groups associated with community organisations and the universities. Plus, for a modern touch we have the big cinema complex on Broadway.
You’d Be Surprised
Glebe is such an interesting and diverse suburb, looking for hidden gems is more of a task than might be thought, the challenge is how do you do justice to such a curious and amazing area? Glebe has the appeal of ancient tree-lined parks, buckets of culture a rich and diverse demographic. Markets, art-galleries, book shops and impressive institutions all sit comfortably together here, and residents once established are reluctant to ever leave.
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