By Dorothy Davis and Katharine Vernon, December 2021, Bulletin 10/2021icon for Glebe Society Guided Walks Program

We are pleased to bring to members an updated Guided Walks Program for 2022.

As you will be aware, our schedule for 2021 had to be cancelled due to COVID restrictions. We have scheduled four walks for February and March and hope for success this time! F

our experienced and passionate locals will each lead a Walk and provide new insights into our neighbourhood.

Participants for each Walk will be limited to 20 and we will observe safe COVID practices including social distancing.

Further Walks are being planned for later in the year. Watch the Bulletin and our Eventbrite page (!







Sunday 6 February 2022

2.30 pm

Glebe Infill Housing: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Ian Stephenson

Thursday 3

2.30 pm

Harold Park to Rozelle Bay – layers of history and renewal


Jan Macindoe

Sunday 13 March 2022

10.30 am

The Blackwattle Foreshore from Glebe Point Rd to the new Fish Market


Asa Wahlquist

Sunday 27 March 2022

10.30 am

The Toxteth Estate, Jubilee Park and Orphan School Creek – FULLY BOOKED


Max Solling

April 2022 – details TBA

Tour of health research precinct, University of Sydney: Charles Perkins Centre and the Susan Wakil Building



About the Walks …

Glebe Infill Housing: The Good, Bad and the Ugly

This walk explores a century of infill housing in Glebe including cottages in the St Phillip’s Estate built by the Church of England, new apartments built by the Commonwealth as part of the Glebe Project, followed by the remarkable work of the NSW Housing Commission’s Inner City Housing Team in the 1980s. The walk includes apartments, cottages and adaptive re-use, the 2011 Glebe Affordable Housing Project on the old Wentworth Estate and the proposed Princes’ Quarter in Cowper St. The walk starts at the corner of Bridge Rd and Lyndhurst St and will finish at the Nag’s Head Hotel in Forest Lodge.

This walk will be led by Ian Stephenson, current Glebe Society President and Planning Convenor. Ian is on the Board of the National Trust and has worked in the museum and heritage field for over 30 years including as Director of Historic Places in Canberra, with the National Trust in NSW and SA and for the University of New England.



Harold Park to Rozelle Bay – layers of history and renewal

Explore the swampy end of Glebe with Jan Macindoe. Allen’s Glen (aka Frog’s Hollow, Harold Park and more) has been transformed many times. These changes reflect the many, and sometimes sudden, changes in technology and transport over time, and even changes in accepted ideas of how to have fun on a Friday night. Beginning at the Tramsheds (outside Garcon Caf


é), and helped by old maps and photos, we will look for evidence of the original landscape, and its varied uses and stories, as we wander from Harold Park, along the canal (recently ‘naturalised’) to Rozelle Bay. We will aim to end our wander at the former Toxteth House, as we try to imagine it in its splendid forest setting in the mid-19th century. And then just a block to a café or the pub for those who wish to linger.

Jan Macindoe has lived in Glebe/Forest Lodge for over 40 years. Together with Neil Macindoe and Liz Simpson-Booker, she developed the various walks published on the Glebe self-guided Walks website.



The Toxteth Estate, Jubilee Park and Orphan School Creek

This walk is fully booked – wait list only. Registered attendees have been notified of the date change. If you have registered but are unable to attend, please be sure to cancel.

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The Blackwattle Foreshore from Glebe Point Rd to the new Fish Market

Wander from the end of Glebe Point Rd on the waterfront, to the right, around part of the foreshore walk, fought for so vigorously by the Glebe Society, to the new Fish Market development site.  Learn of the history of the foreshore including indigenous occupation and dense waterfront industrial sites, heritage houses and modern apartment buildings… and observe marine life, vegetation, water quality, use of the Bay, and the impacts of development. View the extensive work on the new Fish Market site.  Finish at the Kauri Hotel – and maybe stay for a drink.

Asa Wahlquist is an Australian journalist. For over forty years she has been writing and speaking on environmental issues, focusing mainly on Australian climate and water issues.  Asa is also the Glebe Society’s representative on the New Sydney Fish Market Community Consultative Committee.


Cost: Glebe Society members $20; non-members $25