Why live in Rozelle?

Rozelle is a large suburb spanning the peninsula between Rozelle Bay and Iron Cove in Sydney's inner west. The shipping headland known as Glebe Island, between White and Rozelle Bays, is also part of the suburb.

Today, Rozelle is neighboured by the suburbs of Balmain, Lilyfield, Leichhardt and Annandale, and by Pyrmont via Glebe Island Bridge and Drummoyne via Iron Cove Bridge.

The Balmain peninsula was originally home to the Gadigal Aboriginal group and the Wangal group. In the earliest days of settlement, the peninsula had been used, rather brutally, as a kangaroo trapping ground. Land began to be subdivided from 1825, putting a stop to this practice.

The suburb has strong working class roots, with industry taking ahold here in the 1900s. In the mid-1830s, shipbuilding firms established themselves in the area. The suburb became industrialised from the 1870s onwards. The population grew solidly industrial and blue-collar, with residents typically working as builders, carpenters, boilermakers and ship builders.

One of the most important employers in the area was Mort’s Docks, owned by Thomas Sutcliffe Mort. In the 1890s, another large industrial complex, Lever Brothers, manufacturer of Sunlight soap, was established at White Bay.

Famous Landmarks
The Iron Cove Bridge, Rozelle Marshalling Yards and the Glebe Island Terminal are landmarks in the area. The White Bay Hotel on Victoria Road is also something of a marker for the suburb. One of the most remarkable collections of buildings can be found on the Parramatta River. Formerly known as Callan Park and later as Rozelle Hospital, it is now a campus for the Sydney College of the Arts.

On Darling Street, you’ll find Bill’s Garage, established in 1915 and complete with original fixtures.

Real Estate & Design
Much of the old industrial land has been sold for medium-to-high density residential development in this rapidly gentrifying suburb. The tiny, narrow, winding streets of the area are crowded with tiny weatherboard cottages, freestanding brick houses and terraces with character. It’s a haven for young families with quiet, leafy streets and an air of remoteness from the rest of Sydney.

Restaurants & Cafes
There’s a mix of everything in Rozelle - good restaurants, cosy cafés and welcoming pubs. Dozens of cuisines are on offer from Oporto Portuguese Style Chicken to the Wok On Inn Noodle Bar and Le Bich Vietnamese Restaurant. More serious gastronomes should head for Bird Cow Fish, the Rozelle Fishbowl or Liquidity bar and restaurant, with its wonderful waterfront location.

The area's retail area is concentrated along Darling Street. It’s a hip mix of cafes and jewellery shops, chi-chi clothes shops, bookshops and homewares shops. The weekly Balmain market in the ground of St Andrews Congregational Church is crammed with stalls selling bric-a-brac, clothing, food and books. There’s a handful of health food shops, good bakeries such as the tempting and expensive Victoire bakery, and the vibrant Emile’s Fruit Store. Closer to busy Victoria Road, you’ll find antique stores, nurseries, children’s wear shops and the Rozelle market, held in the ground of the high school every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm. Make sure you cross the road for a chocolate fix at Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, some of the most exquisite chocolates in Sydney.

Schools, Education & Institutions
Balmain High School and Rozelle Primary School are the local State schools.

Sports and Fitness
Easton Park, O’Connor Reserve and the waterfront King George Park are all welcoming green spaces in the area. Nearby, in neighbouring Lilyfield there’s the grounds of the Rozelle Hospital. In Balmain, there’s the very peaceful Elkington Park and a sporting institution and a favourite summer haunt, The Dawn Fraser Swimming Pool on the Parramatta River. The Balmain Leagues Club on Victoria Road has gym and fitness classes. Nearby Birchgrove Park has one of the best-located sporting fields and tennis courts in Sydney.

Distance from the CBD & Transportation
Rozelle is approximately 5km by car to the CBD. Public transport is very convenient with ferry and bus connections to Circular Quay and the CBD.