Glebe Point Road

Glebe Point Road

Village characteristics

  • The Glebe Point Road village includes the area from Blackwattle Bay in the north to Parramatta Road in the south, and from Wattle Street, Ultimo in the east to Forest Lodge in the west.
  • The Glebe Point Road village is predominantly historic terraces and apartments. The area is close to the Sydney CBD and surrounded by extensive foreshore parklands. Neighbouring universities and educational institutions shape the area’s daily life.

Total figures

In 2017, in the village area there were:

  • 3,892 buildings
  • 893 business establishments employing workers
  • 9,592 workers
  • 2,317,339m² of internal floor area surveyed
  • 13,233 residential dwellings.


Between 2012 and 2017 there was very little change in business numbers in the village, with 12 less businesses counted (1.3% decrease). The top 6 sectors by number of businesses:

City-based industry sector Businesses
Food and drink 237
Retail and personal services
Creative industries
Professional and business services 65
Tourist, cultural and leisure
Health 56

In 2017 the sectors with the largest growth were higher education and research and retail and personal services, which increased by 12 business in the past 5 years. Small businesses (1–19 workers) accounted for 89.2% of all businesses employing 43.3% of workers in the village.


There were 9,592 workers down 4.6% from 2012. The top 6 sectors by number of workers:

City-based industry sector Workers
Food and drink                    1,374
Creative industries
Professional and business services  
Retail and personal services 956
Higher education and research 691

The sector with the largest growth in worker numbers was ICT, which grew by 310 workers (49.8% increase). The largest reduction in workers was in food and drink, which fell by 606 workers (30.6% decrease) since the 2012 survey. The sector with the largest decline in worker numbers was food and drink, which decreased by 606 workers (30.6% decrease).

Floor area

In 2017 the business floor area fell by 41,024m² (8.2% decrease) to 460,621m² and accounted for 19.9% of total floor space in the village. The top 6 sectors by floor area:

City-based industry sector Floor area (m²)
Tourist, cultural and leisure 73,581
Retail and personal services
Food and drink 44,399
Higher education and research
Creative industries 35,334

The most significant growth sector was higher education and research, which grew by 10,574m² (32% increase). Negative growth sectors included transport and logistics, which declined by 10,472m² (62.2% decrease) and social capital, which declined by 9,174m² (28.8% decrease) in the past 5 years.

Work space ratio 

Work space ratios are calculated by dividing the total internal area (m²) by the total number of employees. The average work space ratio for all industry sectors fell from 49.9m² per worker in 2012 to 48.0m² per worker in 2017. The most intensive use of work space occurred in the finance and financial services sector with 20.6m² for every worker, up from 17.6m² per worker in 2012.

Visitor accommodation

In 2017 there were 230 hotel rooms (11.2% decrease), 85 serviced apartments (84.8% increase) and 341 backpacker beds (204.5% increase).


  • Housing, pipeline development and forecasts can be found on the City Monitors page.
  • For information on the classifications for city-based industry sectors and space use divisions, please see the floor space and employment survey page.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 April 2019