Things to do in Surry Hills Sydney 2018

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

Where is Surry Hills? Well, Surry Hills is an inner city, eastern suburb of Sydney. It has residential, commercial and light industrial areas. Surry Hills is known for being Sydney's main centre for fashion wholesale activities. It has some fantastic bars, cafes and restaurants to get Instagram happy about as well as lots of creative businesses.

1. Surry Hills Festival

Saturday 22 September

Get ready for music, visual arts and roving performers at the annual Surry Hills Festival, celebrating the vibrant and creative community of Surry Hills. This year there is a theme of Spring into Surry Hills. Money raised on the day supports community programs run by Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.

2. Good transport links

Central Station is the closest railway station to Surry Hills, easily reached on foot or by bus. Originally opening in 1906, it is now a large station with the ability to link up with many other stations in Sydney and surrounding areas with no changes required. Visit: Sydney Trains.

Surry Hills also has regular bus services connecting locations such as Bondi Beach, Bondi Junction and Sydney City. Visit: Sydney Buses

There is also a light rail services that links Central Station to Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont and the inner western suburbs. Construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail line from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick is still under contruction. Parking in Surry Hills is limited currently due to this so best to plan your travel ahead and use the great links of public transport.

3. Vividshop

There is more to see than meets the eye in this fun and colourful giftwares shop selling clothing, accessories, semi-precious jewellery, gifts and lifestyle products. Established in 1999 Vividshop projects a strong street identity and is well-known and well-regarded by the local Surry Hills community. They also sell pre-loved vinyl records, original art and prints. They also have an art gallery with changing exhibitions, where Enjoy And Paint holds painting classes for Bridal Showers, Hens parties, Birthdays and Team building workshops. Directly next door, Gerhardt, creates a fabulous collection of dried flowers for individual sale or for events. This creates a wonderful sweet floral scents throughout the shop.

Located at 558 Crown Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW Australia.

4. Bourke Street Bakery

Get down to this quaint little bakery on the corner of Devonshire St and Bourke St. It is the original bakery where it all began. From their success, they now have other bakeries opened up around Sydney. They sell a range of tasty breads and pastries, do check it out!

5. Surry Hills Markets

Have a rummage at this unique open air market which is held on the first Saturday of the month in Shannon Reserve on Crown St. The market fundraisers for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, selling handmade, second-hand and recycled goods.

6. M2 Gallery

Minutes from Central Station, this is a great space showing weekly art exhibitions, pop up events, functions and events. Be sure to check out their website to see whats currently on.

7. Haven Specialty Coffee

Cappuccino, flat white, long black... think again! Haven takes coffee making to the next step, allowing you to personalise your coffee to your taste. Staff will take you through a chart to choose preference to make your coffee extra special. They sell gourmet sandwiches and an all-day breakfast menu in this cosy and hip cafe, feel free to have a play on their piano whilst your there!

Enjoy And Paint also uses this venue to run painting classes.

30-34 Chalmers Street, Sydney NSW 2010

8. The Beresford

This venue has abit of everything! From bars, to a large outdoor court yard and night club it is a great place for a gathering. They have a good menu selection from light bites to wood-fired pizzas.

This venue can be hired for parties or functions.

354 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

9. Brett Whiteley Studio

Step into the workspace and home of Australian avant-garde artist Brett Whiteley. On show are large, unfinished works. A visit allows a greater understanding of the artist.

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010