Tempe is named after the Georgian style manor, Tempe House, which itself is named after the ‘Vale of Tempe’, a beautiful valley at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece, as described in ancient Greek legend. The suburb was once home to a landfill site known affectionately as Tempe Tip, which caught fire in 1988. The tip is not there anymore, and has been redeveloped into extended parklands and a golfing range.
Freestanding bungalows are commonplace in Tempe as well as many semi-detached homes that occupy decent sized blocks. These are snapped up by home buyers looking to stay within close range of the city but like their own outdoor area and garden. Many budget apartments also occupy the area and present a great entry level opportunity for first-home buyers.
Places to eat
Harry’s Cafe de Wheels occupies the site on the Princes Highway formerly known as Cobb & Co. This is where you can get the famous ‘pie floater’ – a meat pie in a bed of mashed peas. There is also a choice of restaurants along this strip of the highway but most locals venture to Newtown or Marrickville when dining out.
Tempe Recreational Reserve is a large park adjoining the Cooks River. It offers many football fields and cricket pitches, and an extensive jungle-gym for children and numerous riverside cycleways that connect with adjoining suburbs. The park is also home to the Robyn Webster Centre, an indoor sporting complex.
Schools & Education
Tempe High School and Tempe Public School are both located close to the centre of the suburb. It’s also a short bus ride up the Princes Highway to Sydney University.
Tempe railway station is located 9km from the CBD. There are also several bus services that connect the area to Newtown, Circular Quay and the Inner West.