Trains run regularly from Dulwich Hill railway station to the city on the Bankstown line. State buses run three routes to the city, and provide excellent services to surrounding areas. The proposed light rail extension to Dulwich hill will improve the transport corridor for local residents, and it is expected to increase property values in the area.
A bustling hub of shops and eateries offers residents a sense of community and a village atmosphere lacking in many of Sydney's inner suburbs. Already a multicultural suburb with significant Portuguese and Greek communities arriving during the 1950s and 60s, the suburb also saw an influx of Vietnamese refugees to Dulwich Hill following the Vietnam War. Many of these families continue to live locally, maintaining the multicultural profile of the suburb today.
The main Dulwich Hill shopping strip is on Marrickville Road, where there are 30–40 stores, including cafés, gift shops, a supermarket, banks, delis and bakeries. A smaller group of shops on New Canterbury Road includes a popular Lebanese sweet shop. A vast array of restaurants provides a global banquet of dining options to residents of Dulwich Hill. Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Lebanese, Chinese, Indian and even Egyptian cuisines are represented. The popular Sideways Deli Café is located at the five-ways on Constitution Road.
Beautiful tree-lined streets present an intriguing mix of architectural styles. Federation, Gothic and Edwardian properties sit beside contemporary houses and apartment blocks from the ‘40’s and ‘70’s. The relatively larger land blocks attract families with young children. It’s proximity to the city, excellent transport links and popularity with young families and professionals ensure continued capital growth for Dulwich Hill.
Dulwich Hill is home to a number of parks and recreational amenities. The Cooks River Parklands and Marrickville Golf Course run along its perimeter and the suburb is home to the charming Arlington Recreation Reserve and Johnson Park.
With three primary schools (Dulwich Hill Public, St Marouns and St Paul of the Cross) as well as one secondary school (Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design) the suburb is popular with families. Trininty Grammar School provides another educational option, and is located in nearby Summer Hill.