Glebe Foreshore Walk

The Glebe Foreshore Walk is a leisurely walking track that goes from Bicentennial and Jubilee Park to the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont, along Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay. The walk offers great views of the Sydney CBD skyline, Sydney Harbour and the Anzac Bridge.

There are several parks and reserves along the way to rest, and to soak up the relaxing vibe and views of this picturesque part of Sydney. When you finish this walking track in Pyrmont on the other side of Blackwattle Bay, make sure you’ll treat yourself to some fresh seafood at the Sydney Fish Market.

 
 

Characteristics

– Distance: 4 km (return)
– Time: 2 hours
– Difficulty level: Easy
– Kid friendly: Yes
– Good for running: Yes
– Dog friendly: Yes

Highlights

– Relaxing in the parks
– Sydney CBD skyline views
– Rozelle and Blackwattle Bays
– Anzac Bridge views
– Sydney Fish Market
– Take a detour through Glebe

Getting there

Car park is available on Chapman Road next to Bicentennial Park. Plenty of buses run through Glebe from the city. You can also catch the light rail that stops in Glebe, Jubilee Park and Rozelle Bay.

 

Bicentennial Park

It’s recommended to start the Glebe Foreshore Walk at Rozelle Bay, where you can park your car or hop off the light rail. Parking is available at the car park on Chapman Road but please note that this fills up quickly in sunny weekends. There are also two lightrail stops (Rozelle Bay and Jubilee park) close by.

Glebe foreshore walk: Bicentennial Park and Rozelle Bay

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is located right at the south-western shore of Rozelle Bay, with plenty of picnic areas and a large, fenced playground for children. Dogs can go off-leash in the western part of the park (marked by Johnstons Creek), but need to be on a leash in the eastern part of the park.

Bicentennial Park was established in 1988 to commemorate 200 years of white settlement in Australia.

Federal Park

At the southern end of Bicentennial Park is Federal Park, the perfect place for outdoor sports activities such as hockey and touch football. Federal Park has a floodlit field, a skateboard ramp and a dog park where dogs can go off-leash.

Dogs can also go on the field if it’s not being used for any sports activities.

Jubilee Park

Right next to Federal Park you’ll find Jubilee Park which has a historic cricket pavilion and a cricket oval that can be used for sports like AFL, touch footbal and, of course, cricket. There is also a great kids’ playground that was upgraded in 2014.

Dogs need to be on-leash in this area. Interestingly, this part of Glebe, including the oval, is all land that was reclaimed in the late 19th century.

Glebe foreshore walk: Jubilee Park cricket oval

Jubilee Park cricket oval

As you continue the walk towards the north, you’ll end up in the eastern part of Bicentennial Park. From here you keep strolling east along the Rozelle Bay foreshore.

Pope Paul VI Reserve

Glebe foreshore walk: Pope Paul reserve

Pope Paul VI Reserve

Further west along the shore, at the end of Glebe Point Road, is the Pope Paul VI Reserve. This reserve commemorates the first ever papal visit to Australia.

Pope Paul VI arrived in Glebe at the former Glebe Point Road wharf in 1970.

This reserve is a also a great opportunity to see three iconic Sydney bridges in one view: Anzac Bridge (1996), Glebe Island Bridge (1903) and the Harbour Bridge (1932).

The Glebe Island Bridge, a traditional swing bridge, was closed in 1995 and put in a permanent open position so that boats can enter and exit Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay at all times.

The next phase of the foreshore walk treats us to a bit of history with an old crane and a winch that are displayed along the path. This part of the Glebe Foreshore Walk brings you back to the industrial days of Glebe with the old timber yards being the leading industry in the area at the time.

Glebe foreshore walk: Old winch in Rozelle Bay foreshore

Historical winch

As you walk further, you’ll leave Rozelle Bay behind and you’ll enter the Blackwattle Bay part of the walking trail.

 
 

Blackwattle Bay Park

The Blackwattle Bay Park is located on the foreshore, at the end of Leichhardt Street, and features a playground and great picnic and BBQ facilities. The Park area was transformed from industrial land to a recreational park and completed in 1983. Dogs can go off-leash here.

Next to Blackwattle Bay Park stands a two-level villa named Bellevue that was built in 1896. In 2010 this beautiful building was transformed into a cafe, not surprisingly named Blackwattle Cafe. With great views of the bay and the Anzac Bridge, this is a great spot to take a break and enjoy a well-deserved coffee.

The next stretch of the walk offers beautiful views of the Sydney CBD skyline, as you walk further towards the famous Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. This restaurant offers great fine dining in a unique location, overlooking Blackwattle Bay with the city skyline in the background.

Glebe foreshore walk: Blackwattle Bay CBD views

CBD views from Blackwattle Bay

Just past the Boathouse, a brand new section of the foreshore walk was opened in 2014. This last remaining part of the Glebe Foreshore Walk is a 300 metre long path accessible to both pedestrians and cyclists, providing easy access to Wentworth Park, the CBD and the Sydney Fish Markets.

When you get to the end of this new path, simply turn lift into Bridge Road and walk a few hundred metres until you arrive at the fish market.

Sydney Fish Market

A visit to the Glebe Foreshore is not complete without a lunch at the famous Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont. With beautiful fresh seafood available at several different shops and with a great outdoor seating area, this is the perfect place to indulge and relax.

A word of caution, the seagulls outside are far from shy and they do try and steal your food if you’re not watching carefully.

Glebe foreshore walk: Sydney fish market outdoor seating

Sydney Fish Market

 

Glebe

If you’re doing the Glebe Foreshore walk, we strongly recommend doing a little detour into Glebe, a characteristic Sydney suburb, first settled in the early 19th century.

You can still see a lot of the old Victorian homes, Federation houses and worker’s cottages as you stroll through the heart of Glebe.

There are also plenty of cafes and restaurants along Glebe Point Road that runs all the way from Rozelle Bay to Broadway in the city.

Be sure to check out the Glebe Markets, held every Saturday between Derwent Street and Glebe Point Road.

Summary

The Glebe Foreshore Walk is a very easy stroll along Rozelle Bay and Blackwattle Bay. This area is very popular with pedestrians, runners, cyclists and you’ll also see rowers and dragon boaters do their training sessions in the water.

The family friendly parks along the way, the views of the city and the fresh seafood at the Sydney Fish Markets make this walk a great day out.

Glebe Foreshore Walk Map

Start the Glebe Foreshore Walk at Rozelle Bay and simply keep following the waterfront on your left.

Glebe Foreshore walk map

Google Map:

 
Leave a comment below 0 comments

Leave a Reply: