There are a seemingly excessive four light rail stops in the vale of Dulwich Hill. Our intrepid reporter Emma McConnell tried them all out for size and discovered their raison d’etre.
Dulwich Hill’s northern-most light rail connection serves a predominantly limited but important function – keeping its citizens connected. The small stop is one of convenience for this residentially dense area, and keeping public transport access points such as this one within reach is a big plus for the suburb.
A short ten minute walk from Waratah Mills also yields schools in the neighbouring suburbs of Lewisham and Summer Hill, whilst Hoskins Park provides a great getaway if you’re looking for a quiet spot of greenery to escape to.
• Off Davis St near Victoria St
This light rail stop’s biggest selling points are both its location and the amenities it provides to the community. Arlington sweetly sits right alongside Johnson Park, a massive expanse of sporting fields, play areas and barbeque facilities with plenty of shade for everyone. There are regular activities that take place here including the Magic Yellow Bus (for the little ones) which visits the park each Friday, as well as free city cycle confidence courses for those who need a bit of encouragement navigating the busy Sydney streets. And if you’re wondering… yes, you can take your bike on Sydney’s light rail network!
• Off Constitution Rd next to Johnson Park
The Dulwich Grove stop is unquestionably recognised as the gateway to the bustling heart and soul of the Dulwich Hill. A picturesque walk along New Canterbury Road leads you to the epicentre of the suburb, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by an extensive array of cafes and restaurants – almost every type of cuisine is at your fingertips! If you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon a trip to the local library is a must. Located on Seaview Street, it’s a quiet and cosy alternative and a perfect place to retreat to on a rainy day.
• New Canterbury Rd near Denison Rd
The end of the (light rail) line is in the furthermost reaches of the suburb, located right by Dulwich Hill train station (Bankstown T3 train line), but unfortunately the two rail services are not directly connected. The decision not to align these services could deter passengers from utilising the light rail network in the future. Buses are also frequent in this transport hub and, once you’ve alighted, the T3 allows for a relatively pain-free commute into the far reaches of South West Sydney.
• Bedford Cres near Dulwich Hill Skate Park