ULTIMO At A Glance
An enclave of higher learning and entrepreneurial start-ups, Ultimo, once a slum area, has come into its own as Sydney’s premier educational corridor. A profusion of local eateries, small businesses and two major shopping complexes service the locals as well as the students who call this neighbourhood (a temporary) home.
The vibrant educational hub and proximity to city.
During the week, Broadway Shopping Centre has longer trading hours, and The Merchants of Ultimo has five market stalls under one roof.
Over 39,000 students are enrolled at UTS alone.
An enclave of higher learning and entrepreneurial start-ups, Ultimo is Sydney’s premier educational corridor, with the University of Technology, Notre Dame University, Torrens University and Sydney TAFE all bunched together along Broadway, and Sydney University only a short distance away in neighbouring Camperdown.
The profusion of local eateries, small businesses and two major shopping outlets – Broadway Shopping Centre and Central, The Living Mall – service the locals and students.
In the early days of the colony, Ultimo was an industrial working-class neighbourhood that housed woolstores and factories. Ultimo’s population dwindled because of continued typhoid outbreaks and industry closures. Today Ultimo has transformed into an industrial, residential and commercial locale that is home to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and entrepreneurial, gaming and creative start-ups.
Ultimo has a thriving international community who love the proximity to the various educational institutions and city. Wealthy white-collar workers live alongside university students, whereas the downsizers and established independents are drawn to the beautiful historic terrace houses and cutting-edge apartment living.
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The beautiful mix of old and new in the architecture around Ultimo. The International Grammar School on Kelly Road and The Quadrant on Mountain Street are great examples of blending bygone eras with contemporary architecture.
The Lord Wolseley Hotel at 265 Bulwara Road Ultimo is a local establishment in a historic sandstone building with alfresco dining and drinking, in the quiet backstreets of Ultimo.
The Powerhouse Museum is housed in the old Ultimo Power Station building. While away days exploring the unique and diverse collection that spans science, technology, design and decorative arts, engineering, architecture, health and medicine, fashion and contemporary culture.
The Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre on Harris Street overlooks Darling Harbour. This aquatic and fitness centre caters to all ages and fitness levels.
Proximity to leading educational institutions, including the University of Technology and the University of Sydney, the quick 20-minute walking commute to the centre of the CBD as well as direct access to Central railway station and Sydney’s bus network.
Ultimo is a beautiful mix of the old and new – walk through the streets of Ultimo and splashes of the past are intermixed with modern structures, resulting in a funky blend of residential and commercial architecture.