Formerly known as Petersham Hill, Wardell's Bush, South Petersham and Fern Hill, Dulwich Hill by any other name is just as sweet. Established in 1794 as a market garden and orchard area, growth in this suburb today is fuelled by a brand-new light-rail line, a railway station and close proximity to the city centre and airport. Walking distance to premier inner-west suburbs of Summer Hill and happening Marrickville, Dulwich Hill is all about prime positioning. But it’s the sense of community and a rich mix of cultures that make this little spot really special.
First-wave Greek immigrants settled here decades ago; soon followed by Italian, Portuguese and Vietnamese families, all bringing with them great food and a sense of community. In recent years, younger singles have been attracted to Dulwich Hill’s excellent connectivity to the city and new apartment developments. But it’s still a place where playgrounds and kid-friendly cafes are filled with young families who call the postcode home.
Once Sydney’s best-kept secret, Dulwich Hill’s fine food, laid-back vibe and leafy streets have become a house hunter’s haven. It’s a postcode on the verge of really great things, thanks to a sparkling new transportation link and its close-enough-to-walk-to proximity to all the inner-west has to offer. The real key to its success, however, is the old-fashioned sense of neighbourliness that’s easily found this multi-cultured suburb.