Dulwich Hill is located 9 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district. It was named after the London suburb of Dulwich. Earlier names were Wardell's Bush and Wardell's Hill, after the extensive estate of Dr Robert Wardell. Until about 1911, some areas of what is now called Dulwich Hill were referred to as Fern Hill.
The precinct comprises the main shopping streets of Marrickville Road and New Canterbury Road and Seaview Street where the library is located. A major landmark also in Seaview Street is the Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design. The building was designed by W.E.Kemp and completed in 1892 and is on the heritage register. Nearby is Arlington Reserve. Once the stage for NSW State League football matches and now the home of two local clubs competing in the FNSW Youth League.
The community is ethnically diverse with a wide variety of food outlets and shops. The cafés and restaurants offer different cuisines and use the outdoor seating provided by the widened footpaths on Marrickville Road to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere. General shopping is also available and there are a number of specialist retailers catering to different needs.
The more personal scale of the precinct is mirrored by the library which is cosy and child friendly. In addition, members may order books from other Marrickville libraries for easy pick up at Dulwich Hill. The community hall next door is a popular venue used by a variety of groups catering to different interests.
Public transport is frequent and parking is very easy. The car parks serving the precinct are located behind the shops. Enter from Seaview Street for New Canterbury Road shops and from Beach Road for the Marrickville Road cafés and eateries.
In 2007, Dulwich Hill was featured in the New York Times. Click here to read the article.
This annual street festival celebrates the creative community of Dulwich Hill and features free entertainment, activities for kids and stalls at Marrickville Road and Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill.
Dulwich Hill is served by a number of bus routes. The 425, 426, 428 and 445 buses travel through Dulwich Hill. The 411 bus transports passengers from Dulwich Hill railway station to the Wardell Road junction with Marrickville Road. It is then a short walk to the Dulwich Hill Village.
The Inner West light rail extension opened in March 2014. The newly-renamed L1 Dulwich Hill Line operates from Central to Dulwich Hill railway station. Along the way the route passes through Pyrmont, the Sydney Fish Market, Lilyfield, Leichhardt and Lewisham.
Alight at the Dulwich Grove stop for the Dulwich Hill Village.
Dulwich Hill railway station is located on Wardell Road, around 1km walk from the Dulwich Hill Village. T3 Bankstown Line trains serve the station. There are frequent services from the Sydney CBD and the south-western suburbs.
Visit the Dictionary of Sydney to read about Dulwich Hill's history:
The Dulwich Hill Urban Centre Committee is a group of dedicated local business people who work with Council to promote Dulwich Hill. The committee coordinates events which encourage people to visit and shop in Dulwich Hill, supports local business operators and advises Council about matters of importance to the business community.
Committee members, who are all volunteers, meet regularly in Dulwich Hill. Local business owners/operators and commercial property owners in the Dulwich Hill special rate levy zone are encouraged to get involved. Members of the Committee will be happy to speak with any prospective business operator or resident who would like to gain some local knowledge.
Alternatively please contact Council's Economic Development Unit:
Business owners and operators are also encouraged to join the Marrickville Business Association which represents the business community of the entire Marrickville local government area.
Please visit the website at www.marrickvillebusiness.com.au for more information.