Place

Glebe Point Road

Glebe Point Road village retains much of its heritage character in the historic terrace housing throughout the village. With abundant foreshore parklands facing onto Rozelle and Blackwattle bays, the village has significant green space for recreational activities. Glebe Point Road itself serves as the village main street, being famed for its restaurant offer with a significant retail and dining provision, and the popular Glebe Markets on weekends.

The village group is located to the south west of the city centre. The area includes the suburbs of Glebe and Forest Lodge and parts of the suburbs of Ultimo, Camperdown and Annandale. Glebe Point Road area is bounded by Rozelle and Blackwattle bays in the north, Wattle Street in the east, Broadway and Parramatta Road in the south and Mallett Street, Booth Street and Wigram Road in the west.

What do residents like about their village?

“Parks, open spaces and playgrounds, especially along the foreshore, are sustainable, well maintained and easily accessible.”

“Its charm; reflected in its architecture.”

Source: City of Sydney Resident Consultations

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Housing

Neighbourhoods in Glebe Point Road village are known for historic terraces and flats, and diverse housing, ranging from large public housing estates to new prestige apartments. Glebe is one of Sydney’s earliest villages, with heritage-listed buildings and links to key historical figures, such as Australia’s first prime minister Sir Edmund Barton. The equally historic Forest Lodge and adjacent parts of Annandale provide a quiet neighbourhood atmosphere. Recent apartments and warehouse conversions create a distinctive local character for Camperdown and the western edge of Ultimo.

Chart 1 shows the distribution of dwellings by type across the village compared to the City of Sydney local area and Metro Sydney average. While the largest proportion of dwellings (59%) is in flats, units and apartments, this proportion is below the City of Sydney average, attesting to the lower-rise nature of housing in the village. At 35% of total dwellings, the proportion of semi-detached houses is significantly above both the City of Sydney and Metro averages. This shows that the village has retained a lot of its original character with many historic terraces still present.

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types 

Connectivity

Glebe Point Road is the most significant north-south transport corridor in the village running from Broadway Shopping Centre all the way north to Rozelle Bay. The major east-west corridors are Bridge Road and Wigram Road, as well as Paramatta Road, which runs along the southern border of the village and connects the city centre to Sydney’s western suburbs.

Figure 1 shows major public transport infrastructure in the City of Sydney, including barrier counts for train stations and ferry terminals in 2012. Although the Glebe Point Road village is not connected to the heavy rail network, it does have the Inner West Light Rail line passing through the northern half of the village. This line was opened in 1997, connecting the city centre to Wentworth Park in Glebe, and extended in 2000 to Lilyfield. In March 2014, a significant extension of this line was completed connecting Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. Although exact passenger numbers are not yet available, this extension has significantly boosted patronage on the line with improved accessibility to the village. Glebe Point Road village is also well served by regular bus services, which provide connections to the city centre and inner western suburbs.

Glebe Point Road serves as the main shopping strip in the village and consequently it is the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare. A pedestrian study in October 2013 estimated the daily pedestrian traffic on Glebe Point Road between Mitchell Street and Cowper Street. It estimated daily pedestrian movements of 6,500 on a weekday and 18,800 on a weekend. To give some perspective, weekday and weekend counts for Broadway, at the south east border of the village, were 23,000 and 21,000 respectively.

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts

Facilities

Glebe Point Road village is well supplied with community facilities for cultural and recreational pursuits. Significant community assets have been highlighted in Figure 2 and include:

  • Glebe Library
  • Glebe Customer Service Centre
  • St Helen's Community Centre
  • Broughton Street Kindergarten
  • Hilder Booler Kindergarten
  • St James Park Tennis Court
  • Peter Forsyth Auditorium
  • Booler Community Centre
  • Glebe Town Hall.

The area also has a significant amount of green space, including substantial parklands on the foreshore of Blackwattle Bay and Rozelle Bay, such as Wentworth Park and Jubilee Park. Smaller parks, including Dr HJ Foley Rest Park and St James Park are also dotted throughout the village, while a series of linear parks follow Johnstons Creek on the western border of the village.

The City of Sydney Wellbeing (Residents) Survey highlighted the following opinions of residents regarding community facilities and connectedness within their village:

  • a high level of satisfaction with the number and quality of parks and open space in the local area
  • high satisfaction with the level of access to fresh food
  • good access to community halls, centres and libraries
  • higher than average involvement in arts and cultural activities
  • strong community connectedness, with the highest number of volunteers of any of the village areas
  • higher than average participation in community engagement events.

Figure 2 – Significant Parks and Community Facilities

Figure 2 – Significant Parks and Community Facilities

Events

The strong level of community engagement in the village supports a number of events, which give local businesses an opportunity to interact with residents. Popular events within the village include:

  • Glebe Market: This weekly market held at Glebe Primary School on Saturdays is so popular that there is a regular waiting list for stall holders. It attracts an estimated 750,000 people annually and is a major driver of pedestrian traffic on Glebe Point Road on weekends.
  • Glebe Street Fair: This annual one-day street fair held on the third Sunday of November has been running for over 30 years. It attracts an estimated 100,000 people every year.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2015