GLEBE At A Glance
Bohemian and funky by nature, Glebe’s rich architectural makeup is the backbone of this historic neighbourhood. Stories of hardship, love, endurance and vitality have made this inner-west suburb into an alluring village that has a thriving arts and culture scene, and a line-up of cafés and restaurants that demand attention.
Proximity to Blackwattle Bay, Sydney’s CBD and universities.
Glebe Markets are on every Saturday and Sappho Books has a hidden courtyard café-slash-wine bar out the back of the store.
Glebe means a piece of land that’s given to the Church. In 1789, 400 acres west of Sydney Cove was granted to the Anglican Church, partly forming what
Loved for its bohemian oddities, alluring flavours, and its melting pot of social classes, Glebe celebrates in its diversity and its ability to be inclusive.
The main thoroughfare that runs through the heart of Glebe is pulsing Glebe Point Road, which has clusters of cafés, restaurants, boutique galleries and bars amidst grand Victorian buildings. Adding to the character of a bygone era is St John Anglican Church which consumes an entire block, amidst other historic buildings which have been beautifully preserved.
Step away from the main streets and you’re met with architecturally restored and aging Victorian terrace houses and humble cottages with grungy service lanes and street art that gives Glebe a certain grittiness.
Renowned for being one of Sydney’s first multicultural dining hotspots, Glebe Point Road continues to live up to its reputation with restaurants serving up tantalising flavours from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
With one of Australia’s most prestigious academic institutions – the University of Sydney – at its doorstep, Glebe is a natural stomping ground for students and academics who share ideas whilst lingering over a cool beer or whiling away time between classes browsing through independent bookstores.
Glebe encompasses Blackwattle Bay and Rozelle Bay. Blackwattle, Federal, Jubilee and Wentworth parks make up the foreshore parklands that boast sweeping vistas to Anzac Bridge and Pyrmont – a much loved space that locals fought hard to keep from redevelopment.
Being on the doorstep of the University of Sydney, academics and students have long favoured this neighbourhood, but as rent continues to rise, many students are being priced out of the area, making way for professionals who love the close proximity to the CBD – a 30-minute walk or a 15-minute bus ride away.
Families are attracted to the area because it provides access to Forest Lodge and Glebe Public Schools. The community and village-like feel of Glebe Point and St Johns Roads also attract locals and newcomers alike.
Glebe Public School plays host to the weekly Saturday markets. Renowned for its vintage wares and its funky collection of homemade fashion, jeweller and arts, this is a local institution that is one of Sydney’s oldest markets.
Organic cafés, independent bookstores, creative work spaces, street art, art galleries, weekly markets and annual festivals all add to the overall bohemian vibe that lures Sydneysiders from all over.
Throughout Glebe and Forest Lodge, beautiful examples of Victorian terrace houses, humble workers’ cottages and Federation homes have been carefully restored to reflect their architectural heritage.
Once destined for redevelopment, foreshore parklands that locals campaigned to keep, extend beyond Bicentennial Park to Blackwattle Park. The parks have sweeping vistas of Pyrmont and city skyscrapers, shady playground spaces and picnic facilities.
WINE & DINE
Glebe Point Road continues to live up to its reputation with a mix of Asian, European, Middle Eastern, American and South American restaurants all serving up tantalising flavours, right at your doorstep.
On the outskirts of Sydney’s CBD, Glebe has over 20 heritage-listed houses that are dotted throughout the wide and narrow streets, including grandiose sandstone architecture that consumes prime real estate to small colonial workers’ cottages in narrow lanes. This neighbourhood oozes history.