Forest Lodge, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Ross Street, Forest Lodge
|Population||2,722 (2011 census)|
|• Density||9,100/km2 (23,000/sq mi)|
|Area||0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||City of Sydney|
Forest Lodge is a small, inner-city suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Forest Lodge is located 4 kilometres south-west of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the City of Sydney. It is also part of the Inner West region of Sydney.
Ross Street and the intersecting St Johns Road, form the centre of the neighbourhood, with a small collection of bars, cafes and antique stores. The area is popular with students from the nearby University of Sydney and UTS. It is considered to be a quieter alternative to neighbouring Glebe, which shares many of its features. The housing stock is predominantly Victorian, a sizeable proportion of which has been converted into apartment houses in varying states of restoration.
Forest Lodge Public School is on the corner of Pyrmont Bridge Road and Ross Street. The University of Sydney Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is located here, as is the Medical Foundation.
Historic points of interest include the Forest Lodge Public School and the Chapman Steps. The former Alexandra Hospital is past the southern boundary in Camperdown and the Glebe Town Hall is just over the eastern boundary of the suburb at Mount Vernon Street, Glebe.
At the intersection of Wigram Road and Minogue Crescent can be found the Lew Hoad Reserve, a small but pleasant park named in honour of Lew Hoad. Lew was born in 1934 and grew up at 43 Wigram Road. He learned to play tennis in the area and from the age of nine was a daily visitor to the Police Boy’s Club next to the reserve where he participated in boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, athletics, cricket and rugby league. Hoad went on to be a member of Australia’s four Davis Cup winning squads in 1952 to 1956, won Wimbledon twice and was the world’s number one tennis player in 1956 before turning professional. The reserve was named after him in 1965.
At the 2011 census, there were 2,722 residents in Forest Lodge. 35.2% of people were attending an educational institution and of these, 56.1% were in a tertiary or technical institution. In Forest Lodge, 40.2% of people were born outside of Australia, with the top countries of birth being England 6.3%, New Zealand 3.1% and China 2.4%. There were lower than average rates of religious observance, with 45% of people stating they had no religious affiliation. Tertiary Education (7.9%) was the largest employer, followed by Hospitals (4.7%). The rate of car use was lower than average, with 32.6% of people travelling to work by car, compared with the national average of 65.8%. Housing in Forest Lodge was mainly medium or high density. 91.9% of occupied dwellings were semi-detached houses or apartments.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forest Lodge (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 105
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