Glebe is an inner-city area of Sydney, located a couple of miles south-west of the Sydney CBD and a part of Inner-West region of the city. Glebe is situated on the Sydney Harbour (Blackwattle Bay) and borders the water to the north, while to the south it's bordered by the busy Paramatta Road and (nearer to the city) the Broadway. To the west of Glebe is Annandale suburb,
The main thoroughfare in Glebe is Glebe Point Road an attractive urban street full of cafes, restaurants and shops including one of the best independent bookshops in Australia (Glebebooks) and one of the best cake shops in Sydney (Glebe Pudding Shop: their chocolate cake, or should I say creamy gateau, is the best I ever had).
Glebe is an attractive mixture of gentrified and edgy, urban and suburban, cultured and rough. The housing is largely gentrified, with lovely 19th century villas and terraced town-houses lining the leafy side streets, but the population is, as in many locations in the Inner West, mixed. Glebe is quite studenty, as University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney are nearby and the great mixture of ethnic restaurants on Glebe Point Road attracts visitors from other parts of Sydney as well as backpackers and tourists.
All is not picture-perfect in Glebe though, as apparently after dark the side streets of Glebe are not the safest places, especially for young women who risk getting assaulted by members of teenage female gang known as TGG (The Glebe Girls). As long as you stay in the lit-up main street (or are not a young woman, presumably) you will be fine.
We stayed in Annandale and walked to Glebe from there along the shore of the Rozelle Bay and through the Bicentennial Park. This was an interesting walk in itself, before we even got to Glebe proper, not because of any particular sights but because it led through Sydney's old inner suburbs, at first clearly more working class (if now rather gentrified), later on in Glebe more middle-class.
From the Bicentennial Park quay there is an unusual view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, framed by the modern ANZAC suspension bridge – look out for the best angle.
All in all, Glebe has an appealing "established bohemian" feeling and is a great place to spend half a day when exploring Sydney, while its good transport links to the city centre and presence of several accommodation options means that it might be a good location to stay while visiting the city, especially if spending more than a few days in Sydney.