An attempt to visit every suburb in Sydney.

Here's even more Inner Sydney galavanting.  Glebe

Old School Cool: Glebe

Here's even more Inner Sydney galavanting. 


Back on Sunday I left you over in Forest Lodge. Today, we cross the border into Glebe, starting with the back paths of Jubilee Park. 

Between the gloomy skies and construction, the park was not at its best today. 

But even on a day like this, Jubilee Park still has its highlights,
from the oval,
to the walking, cycling (and scootering) paths, 
to the Anzac Bridge views, 
and waterfront. 
It's actually the waterfront and associated view that normally shines here, but things are never quite as pretty without the bright blue skies we normally enjoy in Sydney. 
On that slight disappointment, I headed into the actual suburb to begin exploring. 
Not too dissimilar to Forest Lodge before it, Glebe also enjoys heritage houses on leafy streets, 
but the nature of the houses here suggests that while the factory workers might have lived in Forest Lodge, the factory owners probably lived here. 
I continued on,
past more attractive old homes,
of various styles.
I soon caught an intriguing street sign. Down a narrow inner city street was purported to be some sort of Asian temple. Don't mind if I do. 
Apparently, this is Sze Yup Temple, a Taoist temple. 
I poked my head in through the gates but there were people around doing religiousy things so I chose not to take any photos. Incidentally, the reviews on Google of this place suggests they do an absolutely raging Chinese New Year Party. 

Anyway, I continued on through Glebe, past more fancy old homes,
and their less fancy brethren,
to return to Glebe Point Road - one of the main arteries through this suburb. 
This end of the road is still decidedly residential.
Quickly running out of synonyms for "fancy" and "old", I kept walking. 
Soon reaching the start of Glebe's commercial centre, 
albeit interspersed between the residential. 
Here there are such happening spots as this place to get your film developed, 
and an overflowing botanist,
across the road from this house named "Edith",
and many more. 
For this reason, heading towards Glebe's commercial core is a real pleasure - even when it starts raining on your head. 
Glebe's CBD fades in and out as you walk through it. On one block, you're immersed in cafes, 
and greengrocers, 
and on the next you're back in the land of terraces. 
I'm repeating myself now, but I'm finding this place very pretty. 
On I continued, 
soon finding the town square and Christmas Tree,
sitting next to endless interesting buildings. 
Such as what appears to be a crypt,
and this church I photographed extremely poorly, even by my standards. 
Occasionally, Glebe gives you really interesting angles with heritage up the wazoo, 
most notably, this apparent homage to San Francisco's Painted Ladies,
with this bright blue bicycle shop wanting to get involved in the action too. 
At this stage, the rain had gotten heavy,
and so I began planning my exit strategy. 
This involved staying under cover where possible
(it was not always possible)
and eventually dashing into this side street which led me into the more solid shelter (but pandemic risk) of Broadway Shopping Centre. 
Bonus mural.
Glebe: A great suburb to explore, but bring an umbrella.


  1. Brilliant, I have fond memories of spending a lot of time in Glebe at one of my older sister's places. She lived on Forsyth St just down from that Chemist shop in the big white towers. I got into vintage fashion there, regularly visiting Albert & Gladys an amazing vintage clothing store. Thanks for the memories!

  2. I was about to make a comment about the subtle colours of the houses, wondering if it was a council law, but then, wham! The shops have gone troppo with colour! Nice contrast. I agree with you though...Glebe is pretty.

    1. I absolutely loved those rainbow shopfronts!

  3. No! Please, I insist on this suburb getting a 2nd edition. I lived here for several years during my younger days, and there are so many cool things that would be right up your alley that didn't make the blog.
    For a start: you've got to go on a blue-sky, sunny day. It completely changes the vibe of the place.
    Here are some notable features that would have made great photos and history/points-of-interest:
    - There's a McMansion at 70 Wigram Road Glebe which is so big it had to be broken up into a group of about 10 flats! Looks particularly cool/creepy at night, set on a hill and towers looking down.
    - Arcadia Street. An incredibly wide street for inner-city Sydney ringed by arching trees that create a kind of tunnel over the road. Fascinating mix of heritage and new-age houses on the street, and a sandstone church annexed to a private girl's school. This may be one of the most picturesque streets in all of metro-Sydney.

    Anyway, I love your blog, I just felt that Glebe didn't get its due!

    1. Hey Ben, although I can't promise I'll head back, I love these kinds of comments. They let other explorers who read this post know what else to check out in the burb! I don't always manage to catch all the points of interest in a suburb (especially for a big boy like Glebe), so it's great when commenters fill in the gaps of other cool stuff that I didn't see :)

    2. For sure, I would add future explorers also go along the rest of the foreshore walk. It wraps around towards the fish markets and is really stunning. Arcadia road, toxteth road and Boyce st are all amazing for incredible terraces and other Victorian buildings