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 Liquors, Bearded Tit and The Dock.

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