Wolli Creek, New South Wales

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This article is about the suburb. For the waterway, see Wolli Creek.
Wolli Creek
SydneyNew South Wales
Brodie Spark Drive
Established 2002
Postcode(s) 2205
Location 10 km (6 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Rockdale
State electorate(s) Rockdale
Federal Division(s) Barton
Suburbs around Wolli Creek:
Undercliffe Tempe Tempe
Turrella Wolli Creek Sydney Airport
Turrella Arncliffe Arncliffe

Wolli Creek is a suburb in southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It sits beside the Wolli Creek and Cooks River waterways. Wolli Creek is situated between the suburbs of Arncliffe and Tempe, 10 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Rockdale and is part of the St George area.


Wolli Creek was named after the waterway on its northern border.

The suburb was previously part of Arncliffe. Reuben Hannam was granted land in 1825 on the banks of Cooks river. Alexander Brodie Spark purchased land in 1826 and built Tempe house in 1836. It was named after 'Vale of Tempe', a beautiful valley in ancient Greek legend set at the foot of Mount Olympus. Tempe House, designed by John Verge, has a Georgian feel and is regarded as one of the great houses of Sydney.[1]

Philanthropist Caroline Chisholm leased Tempe House as a boarding school for young women (1863–1865). The estate was known as Greenbank during this time and presented an ideal location for Chisholm's work. She remarked on the spacious and lofty rooms and the 'fine large and open orchard of fruit trees, intersected by wide and shady walks'.

In 1884 the estate was sold to the Sisters of the Good Samaritan for use as a charitable refuge for women. The Sisters added the impressive St Magdalen's Chapel (1888), which is believed to be the work of Sheerin & Hennessy, an important firm of Sydney architects, who designed the Archbishop's Residence and St Patrick's College at Manly. The neo-Gothic style Chapel is of major cultural significance. It is now deconsecrated and has been restored as part of the Discovery Point redevelopment. Tempe House is now listed on the Register of the National Estate.[2]

The area became predominantly industrial until a redevelopment was planned in the late 1990s. The new suburb was to be called North Arncliffe, but residents in the area petitioned the council to conduct a vote to select a better name. Wolli Creek was the most popular choice. Wolli Creek railway station opened in 2000. Wolli Creek was officially declared a suburb in 2002.[3]

Commercial/Retail area[edit]

Wolli Creek is currently being redeveloped from a predominantly industrial precinct into a high density residential and commercial area. Its close proximity to the Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport make it an attractive residential area. There are currently shops and cafés along Magdalene Terrace, Arncliffe Street and Brodie Spark Drive. A medical centre also is situated along Magdalene Terrace. A 4,200m2 flagship Woolworths store with the latest technology, opened on the 10th of October 2012 and a Dan Murphy's store open alongside Woolworths in early 2013. There is also a small retail area on the corner of Bonar Street and Thompson Street, which currently contains a dentist.[4]

The area around the Wolli Creek train station is also being transformed into a village square. The piazza-style Wolli Creek Village Square will be an outdoor shopping and dining precinct once complete. The village square area will contain an Asian Supermarket and a variety of restaurants, cafés and specialty stores. Part of the village square will include the transport interchange, for rail, bus and taxi. The first stage of the Village Square is estimated to be completed in the 2nd half of 2014.[5]


Abodements in Brodie Sparks Drive

The Princes Highway links Wolli Creek north to Tempe and the Sydney CBD and south to Arncliffe and Rockdale. The M5 South Western Motorway, with entrances and exits at nearby Arncliffe, runs south-west towards Liverpool and north-east towards Botany and the city.

Wolli Creek railway station is a railway junction for the Illawarra line and Airport, Inner West & South Line on the Sydney Trains network. The train trip to Town Hall railway station takes approximately 16 minutes on the Illawarra line via Sydenham, while the trip to Museum railway station takes approximately 18 minutes on the Airport line via the Airport. There are a few different bus routes in Wolli Creek. The 348 bus route stops near Wolli Creek station at Magdalene Terrace where it continues to Bondi Junction, stopping at stops including: Tempe, St Peters, Kensington, UNSW and Randwick. Another bus route is the 422 which stops outside Woolworths Wolli Creek, on the Princes Highway. This route goes to the City in one direction and to Kogarah in the other direction. There are also NightRide buses (Routes N10 and N11) which stop infrequently outside Woolworths Wolli Creek.



  1. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  2. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/62
  3. ^ Pictorial Memories ST GEORGE Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville, Compiled by Joan Lawrence, Kingsclear Books, Published in Australia ISBN 0-908272-45-6
  4. ^ http://www.nahas.com.au /gallery.php?s=1
  5. ^ http://www.realcommercial.com.au/property-retail-nsw-wolli+creek-500953047

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