Named after Archibald Phillip Primrose, the Earl of Rosebery and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 1890s, Rosebery is a leafy suburb near Sydney Airport. It was home to the Rosebery Racecourse in the early 20th century before being developed as an industrial area in the 1960s. Today, it is clustered with charismatic bungalows in California and Federation styles and on the doorstep of the prestigious Australian Golf Club.
Things to do
At the heart of Rosebery is Turruwul Park, a 2.5-hectare recreational space where you’ll find tennis and basketball courts, an enclosed children’s playground and a barbecue area. It’s located a short stroll from the headquarters of Gelato Messina, which offers Gelato Appreciation Classes for learning the secrets of making authentic Italian gelato.
On the eastern edge of Rosebery sprawls the Australian Golf Club, which was established in 1882 and (despite several location changes) is the oldest golf club in the country. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course was redeveloped in 2013 and has since hosted several Australian Open tournaments and is accessible to members and their guests.
Travelling with kids? You can enjoy a game of ten-pin bowls at the Manhattan Superbowl or have a run around in Sweetacres Park. Once you’ve built up an appetite, grab hamburgers from Belfield on Botany, bowls of steaming noodle soup at Ramen Ichiraku or hearty cafe fare at the Three Blue Ducks Rosebery.
Rosebery is a 15-minute drive from Sydney’s CBD and just five minutes from the terminals of Sydney Airport. Buses are the main means of getting to and from the suburb while the Mascot railway station is located just to the east of Rosebery. The suburb is compact enough to explore on foot or by bicycle.