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    Glebe, Sydney (inner west)

Rent: rents in Glebe have become more expensive

Vibe: Eclectic

Location: Parks, Inner city, Near Uni of Sydney/UTS

If you want to taste cuisine of the world but can’t afford the airfare, then bus it to Glebe Point Rd in Glebe. Roughly a 10-minute walk from Central Station, Glebe has plenty of cafes, restaurants, and good pubs. It is very convenient, has great access to public transport and is a book and therapy mecca. Glebe is also a magnet for students, the herbal and left-wing sets, backpackers and yuppies. It has a weekly flea market which captures Glebe's alternative bent, it is well known for its Victorian terraces, but also has many ugly 1970's flats, and public housing.

Every Saturday, the local school on Glebe Point Road hosts a second-hand market which is popular with those out for a bargain, or on the lookout for something different. But if all this isn’t your scene, you can check out the nearby large shopping complex, Broadway. Or go to the very end of Glebe Point Rd to Bicentennial Park for a casual stroll, a power walk, a game of soccer, cricket, a bbq with friends, or find a quiet spot to read a book. And the backdrop for all this? Sydney Harbour and Anzac Bridge. The park is also the venue for the annual Glebe Street Fair.

Parking can be hard and there are plenty of parking meters waiting to take your money. The vibe: eclectic. Shoe equivalent: Birkenstocks, Campers. Would suit: ages 18+, students, creative professionals, singles, gays/lesbians, families, long-term travellers. Location: inner city. Postcode: 2037. Distance from city: 3km. Direction: West . (More info below and to your left <<<)


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If you like getting close to the water and approaching beaches from a different angle, try kayaking. Here are three options:

1. Spit Bridge -

2. Rose Bay -

3. Manly -


Spit Bridge:
is in a low traffic area, in calmer conditions, so it's ideal for novices. Costs are approx $15 per hour. From Spit Bridge you can paddle to Chinaman’s beach, Balmoral Beach or Clontarff Beach – all of which are in Middle Harbour. Paddling in the harbour proper is not permitted from Spit Bridge. Half-day tours which take you to Aboriginal sites in Middle Harbour are available on weekends. Once the paddling is over, there are some food options at Spit Bridge, or head on to Mosman or Manly.  It’s recommended you bring a change of clothes, and a hat, sunscreen and water.
Spit Bridge, Mosman, Ph: (02) 9960 4389


Rose Bay:
If you want to paddle in the harbour, you can hire kayaks from Rose Bay. Paddling is allowed as far west as the Opera House or east to South Head. There is plenty of ferry traffic along here. Bring a picnic lunch and pull up alongside any beach. Or visit Nielsen Park. It's got great views and a kiosk.
Oz Paddle. I Vickery Ave, Rose Bay. Ph: 9371 7036



Kayak hire is also available at Manly from Manly Kayaks, next to Oceanworld. Check out North Harbour's secluded beaches and beautiful scenery. You can reach a secret beach from Manly via kayaking. It's called Store Beach. It's an aquatic reserve and breeding ground for endangered fairy penguins. Kayak straight onto the sand for a picnic lunch. Manly Kayaks offers picnic paddle groups; and single, double and triple kayaks for hire.
Manly Kayaks - Ocean World
West Esplanade, Manly - Ph: 0411 247 917


Spit Bridge: Plenty of buses from Wynyard Station (Stand C) will stop at Spit Bridge, eg Manly, Mona Vale, Palm Beach, Avalon buses. You’ll just need to ask the bus driver to drop you off at Spit Bridge in Mosman. If you are driving there, Spit Bridge is on Military Rd.   MAP


Rose Bay: Drive along New South Head Rd until you reach Rose Bay or take the Watsons Bay ferry from Circular Quay and get off at Rose Bay.   MAP


Manly: take the ferry to Manly. If you decided to drive, go along Military Rd, then turn right into Sydney Rd which is after the Spit Bridge - that's if you are coming from the city. Kayaks can be hired from the east side of Manly Wharf.   MAP