Wolli Creek, New South Wales

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Wolli Creek
SydneyNew South Wales
Brodie Spark Drive
Population6,394 (2016 census)[1]
Location10 km (6 mi) south of Sydney CBD
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 and is part of the St George area. Wolli Creek is in the local government area of Bayside Council.


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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

Heritage listings[edit]

Wolli Creek has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Commercial/Retail area[edit]

Restaurants and shops in the Village Square

Once industrial, Wolli Creek was redeveloped in the 2010s into a high-density residential and commercial area.[6] Its close proximity to the Sydney CBD and Sydney Airport make it an attractive residential location.[6]

An Aldi supermarket is located on Magdalene Terrace. A Woolworths Supermarket and a Dan Murphy's liquor store are located on the Princes Highway.

The main retail precinct is the Village Square, which is directly opposite the Wolli Creek station entrance and contains an Asian supermarket, restaurants, cafés, pharmacy, barber and other shops.[7]

Wolli Creek is home to two hotels: Novotel Sydney International Airport and CKS Sydney Airport Hotel.


At the 2016 census, Wolli Creek had a population of 6,394. Compared to the national average of 14.4%, 48.5% of the population were aged between the ages of 25 and 34. The most common countries of birth were: China (24.7%), Australia (21.7%), Mongolia (4.9%), Brazil (4.3%), Indonesia (3.4%) and India (2.9%). English at home, was spoken by only 24.7% of people. Other languages spoken at home included Mandarin 24.2%, Cantonese 5.9%, Mongolian 4.6%, Portuguese 4.1% and Indonesian 3.1%. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 41.9% and Catholic 15.5%. 97.3% of residents live in apartments. The average number of people living in each household was 2.4.[1]


Apartments 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 hub and connects to the Illawarra line and Airport & South Line on the Sydney Trains network.

The 348 bus route operates from Wolli Creek station, where it continues to Bondi Junction via Tempe, St Peters, Kensington, UNSW and Randwick. The 422 bus route travels from Kogarah to Wolli Creek, then continues to the CBD.

Recreational facilities[edit]

Cahill Park is located along the Princes Highway and Gertrude Street, fronting the Cooks River. Facilities offered include playground equipment, electrical barbecues and sporting fields for cricket and rugby. Tennis courts are also located adjacent to Cahill Park.[8] Discovery Point Park is a privately owned park, which is open to the public, located along the Princes Highway and Brodie Sparks Drive. Discovery Point Park offers over three hectares of landscaped waterfront parklands, with provisions for walking and cycling. Other recreation facilities include Kogarah Golf Course, located along Marsh Street and the St George Rowing Club, on Levey Street.



  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wolli Creek (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  3. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/62
  4. ^ Pictorial Memories ST GEORGE Rockdale, Kogarah, Hurstville, Compiled by Joan Lawrence, Kingsclear Books, Published in Australia ISBN 0-908272-45-6
  5. ^ "Tempe House & St Magdalenes Chapel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00725. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Stapleton, Dan F. (21 February 2017). "More than just a train station: Wolli Creek emerges as one of Sydney's densest areas". Domain. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Retail Discovery Point - Frasers Property Australia". www.frasersproperty.com.au. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Welcome to Rockdale City Council - Parks for Hire". www.rockdale.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 7 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 33°55′49″S 151°09′15″E / 33.930173°S 151.154279°E / -33.930173; 151.154279