Stroll through back alleys to discover bustling wine bars, independent galleries and gourmet food in this lively and historic inner-city neighbourhood.
Rich in the arts and culture, Surry Hills is a creative neighbourhood with a cosmopolitan attitude. Get a glimpse of local life in Sydney by indulging in excellent coffee, trendy bars and a range of dining options to suit any palate.
First developed in the late 18th century, Surry Hills began as a working-class neighbourhood with a reputation for crime. Families from all over the world moved into the suburb after World War II, giving it a multicultural character. Having gentrified significantly since the 1980s, Surry Hills maintains a mix of newcomers and long-term residents. Walk through the neighbourhood and see the assorted range of industrial spaces, terrace houses and modern apartments to get a sense of the area’s evolution.
Stroll down the main strip of Crown Street and peek into the Victorian-era terrace houses to see the design studios and gallery spaces within. You will find a delightful range of fashion boutiques, from international designer labels and contemporary Australian design to retro and vintage wear.
Try a beer sourced from a local microbrewery in one of Surry Hills’ modern bars or enjoy a cold lager at a classic Sydney corner pub. If beer is not to your liking, go for a drop of red or white instead at one of the suburb’s numerous wine bars.
Catch a show at the Belvoir St Theatre, which draws from some of Australia’s finest directors, actors and playwrights to put on an impressive and diverse artistic program. Make time to visit the Brett Whiteley Studio, a hidden gem of a museum, located in eastern Surry Hills. See the home and workplace of one of Australia’s most celebrated 20th-century artists.
Surry Hills is easily accessible on foot from Sydney’s central business district. Central Railway Station sits on the western edge of the suburb and many bus lines service the area. The neighbourhood’s range of hotels and holiday apartments make it a great place to base yourself during your stay in Sydney.