Redfern and Waterloo

From cutting-edge shows and galleries to a vibrant market and a buzzing cafe and bar scene, Redfern and Waterloo are lively inner Sydney destinations. Carriageworks is the creative and delicious heart, a multi-venue performance space in colonial rail yards and home to Carriageworks Farmers Market.

Getting to the beautifully converted Eveleigh rail yards is easy – a short train trip from the city centre to Redfern and then a 15-minute walk. You’ll find delicious seasonal produce every Saturday at the bustling all-weather farmers market. The eclectic events include theatre, music, dance and festivals.

Crowds visiting The Night Markets in the Carriageworks, Eveleigh

Another popular venue is Giant Dwarf, where comedians will have you in stiches. Both Redfern and neighbouring Waterloo are rich in cultural heritage too, creating a deep sense of community. The vibrant Aboriginal community and working-class roots are strong foundations in this thriving area.

Walking and cycling tours offer intriguing insights into the heritage and history. You can join Culture Scouts on a Chippendale and Redfern walking tour or Sydney Architecture Walks on a bicycle tour, which will take you through the backstreets of Redfern and several other inner-city neighbourhoods.

Luis & The Wildfires playing at Wild Porteo, Carriageworks, Vivid Sydney

You’ll find plenty more attractions, from flourishing galleries such as Ambush and designer jewellers Studio 20/17 on Dank Street, to contemporary interior designs and vintage furniture. The food and bar scene is enticing too, with a tempting selection of restaurants and cafes as well as small bars.

The acclaimed Kepos Street Kitchen creates moreish Middle Eastern food. The Norfolk is a charming pub and upstairs the House of Crabs serves succulent crustaceans. Hip bars are dotted along the streets on the eastern side of Redfern Station, including Arcadia LiquorsBearded Tit and The Dock.

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  1. Market Days

    Friday 07 December 2018 to Tuesday 11 December 2018 ,

    Bankstown Central’s Market Days event is happening is guaranteed to make every food lover’s dream a reality—with a terrific lineup of your favourite foodies using the freshest farm-to-plate ingredients, all from in-Centre. There will be…

    07 Dec - 11 Dec
  2. Voices of Angels

    Monday 10 December 2018 to Tuesday 11 December 2018 , City Centre

    Gondwana Choirs has enthralled Sydney audiences at City Recital Hall with Voices of Angels for the past 12 years. Join over 300 of the country’s most exciting young musicians in a performance that will inspire, captivate and transport you…

    10 Dec - 11 Dec
  3. Poetry Night

    Tuesday 11 December 2018 ,

    On the second Tuesday of December, the final poetry night of 2018 will be Avant Gaga #42, with guest poets Gig Ryan, Laurie Duggan, Jessica Mei Cham and Andrew Brooks, plus an open section. Drinks and tapas at the bar.…

    11 Dec