Suburb Spotlight: Gladesville

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Gladesville is located approx 9 kilometres west of the CBD, or about a 20-minute drive or 30-minute bus trip. According to the 2011 census, there are 10,974 residents in Gladesville. The suburb prides itself on its water-side location and leafy outlook.


Gladesville Real Estate

“With a mix of stunning waterfront homes, sizeable apartments and large homes on great size blocks of land, Gladesville is a popular suburb among families and busy professionals. While there has been a number of homes being knocked down and rebuilt, many families are choosing to renovate to keep the character that homes in the area are known for. Gladesville is a vibrant, welcoming community and with easy access to the water, cafes, shops, great schools and the CBD, it is easy to see why there is high demand in the Gladesville property market.” Michael Dowling, McGrath Ryde



Gladesville has a very good bus transport system that provides easy access up and down Victoria Road from Parramatta to the City and surrounding suburbs. Bus connections are also available to Chatswood via North Ryde. Click here for timetable information. The Huntleys Point ferry wharf (also known as Gladesville ferry wharf) provides access to the Parramatta River Ferry Service – timetables can be found here.



European settlement began officially with land grants being made to John Doody, a convict artist, in 1795. At this time, the area was called Doody’s Bay, part of the Kissing Point district. The district was a rural farming and dairy area supplying the Sydney market. It was fairly isolated, with the only access via the Parramatta River. In 1836 an emancipist called John Glade was issued with the deeds to Doody’s grant and eventually the area became know as Gladesville after Glade.

A major milestone in the development of the suburb was the establishment of the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum in 1838. Situated on the banks of the Parramatta River, it was the first purpose-built mental asylum in NSW. In 1993 it was amalgamated with Macquarie Hospital to form the Gladesville Macquarie Hospital. Today, much of the hospital’s riverfront grounds forms part of the Parramatta River Recreation Park.

Another historical landmark is the cottage Rockend (now Banjo Paterson Cottage restaurant), which was home to the poet Banjo Paterson in the 1870s and 1880s.

Gladesville Bridge


  • Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant
  • Miguel’s
  • The Bayview
  • Dos Senoritas
  • Darshan Indian
  • Mercato e Cucina
  • Zeus Street Greek
  • SIX Thai Restaurants!
  • Bar Pizza

Zeus Gladesville



  • Banjo Paterson Park
  • Monash Park
  • Ryde River Walk


Shopping and Other

  • Tennis Ranch
  • Coles
  • Aldi
  • Dan Murphys
  • Bakers Delight