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Glenorchy City (named after Glen Orchy in Scotland) is bound by the Derwent River on the Eastern side, Mount Wellington on the Western side, Hobart City to the South and Brighton to the North. The Glenorchy CBD is the focal point for retail, doctors and government services. The land was originally used for agriculture (for the people of Old Hobart Town) (particularly orchards) but is now a largely suburban, working class area, that grew quickly after WWII as returning soldiers settle in State Government Housing suburbs. The city officially begins at Creek Road Newtown, in Hobart's northern suburbs, and includes, Moonah, Derwent Park, Lutana, Goodwood, Chigwell, Claremont and Austins ferry. It is the seat of the local government area of the same name, the City of Glenorchy.
Glenorchy has public facilities such as; the council swimming pool, a cinema, an Australian rules football oval (home to the Glenorchy Magpies FBC) and a football (soccer) ground (both part of the KGV Oval complex), a bowls club. Glenorchy is also home to the Tasmanian Transport Museum.
Schools in the area include Glenorchy Primary School, Cosgrove High School, Guilford Young College and Dominic College.
The main traffic route in and out of Glenorchy is the Main Road, which passes the area in a north-south direction. To the south this road becomes Elizabeth Street, Hobart, and to the north it becomes the Midland Highway. Glenorchy is bypassed by the Brooker Highway which runs along the shores of the Derwent river.