Located just 6 kms from the CBD, Lilyfield is a small suburb adjacent to Rozelle, Leichhardt and Annandale. The area was originally home to the Gadigal Aboriginal group and the Wangal Group. The suburb has strong working class roots, with boatbuilders and ships captainss setting here in the late 1830's. In the mid 1830's shipbuilding firms established themselves in the area. The suburb became industrialised from the 1870's onwards. The population grew solidly industrial and blue-collar, with residents typically working as builders, carpenters, boilermakers and ship builders. Industry took hold in the 1900's. Lilyfield is a tranquil suburb with weatherboard cottages, freestanding brick houses and terraces with character. It is a haven for young families with quiet, leafy streets and an air of remoteness from the rest of Sydney. The Iron Cove Bridge, Rozelle Marshalling Yards and Glebe Island Terminal are landmarks in the area.
One of the most remarkable collection of buildings can be found on the Parramatta River. Formerly known as Callan Park and later as Rozelle Hospital, it is now a campus for the Sydney College of the Arts. This beautiful harbour side setting was the site for Callan park Hospital for the Insane, built by the Henry Parkes government. The area is a great place for a number of local markets including Rozelle held in the grounds of the High School every Saturday, Balmain Market held in the church grounds and the Organic Market at Orange Grove Public School which is also held every Saturday. A stroll along Rozelle and Balmains Darling Street reveals chic cafes, galleries, clothes and jewellery shops, the now famous Andrian Zumbo Bakery and Patissiere, Belle Fleur Fine Chocolates, some of the most exquisite chocolates in Sydney.