12 Things to Do in Surry Hills

So you’re staying in Surry Hills? Great choice! This inner-city Sydney suburb is conveniently close to the Sydney CBD but also has stacks of its own charms and attractions. Read on to find out what to do in Surry Hills just walking distance from your Surry Hills accommodation.

1. Surry Hills Markets

Surry Hills Markets

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On the first Saturday of every month, Shannon Reserve springs to life with the Surry Hills Markets. A visit to these markets is essential if you want an authentic Surry Hills shopping experience, complete with vintage fashion, designer clothes, antiques and whatever else you might be looking for.

2. Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio

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See the space where one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists lived and painted from 1988 to 1992. There’s an exhibition of Whiteley’s work plus personal memorabilia like sketchbooks and photographs that provide insight into his personal life.

3. The Golden Age Cinema

The Golden Age Cinema

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Based in the old screening room of the Heritage-listed Paramount Pictures building, the Golden Age’s restored retro cinema room shows everything from cult classics to new releases.  

4. Belvoir Street Theatre

Belvoir Street Theatre

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One of Australia’s most acclaimed theatres is right here in Surry Hills. For more than 30 years, the Belvoir Street Theatre has showcased new work from upcoming Australian playwrights, and you can check some of it out for yourself when you drop into their location at 25 Belvoir Street.

5. Surry Hills Festival

Surry Hills Festival

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Each spring, this fabulous festival lights up the suburb from Ward Park to Shannon Reserve and from Crown Street to Spring Hill for one day. There are plenty of kids activities and, for the adults, live music, food and markets. To stay in the loop with news about the festival including upcoming dates when they're available visit http://www.surryhillsfestival.org

6. Surry Hills Food

Surry Hills Food

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You don’t have to go into the CBD to taste the best of Sydney’s cuisine. There’s plenty in Surry Hills. If you feel like something quick and easy, grab a pastry from the famous Bourke Street Bakery.  If you’d rather take your time, Surry Hills has no shortage of restaurants and cafes offering delicious food at every available price range.

7. Surry Hills Fashion

Surry Hills Fashion

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Boutique shops, vintage stores, second-hand gear: Surry Hills has it all. Wander down to Crown Street or Dowling Street to start finding your dream vintage bargains or, if you need some cooking ingredients, pick out the essentials at Surry Hills Shopping Centre.  

8. Surry Hills Nightlife

Surry Hills Nightlife

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Whatever drink (and whatever vibe) you’re after, you’re certain to find it among Surry Hills’ many bars. Take your pick from nautical-themed, Italian cocktails, rum and chicken or small bars with fairy lights. Feeling thirsty? You can definitely find something nice and close to your Surry Hills accommodation, like Gardel’s Bar (pictured), a classy, relaxed establishment with expert bartenders, just above Porteno restaurant. If you feel like something a little more bluesy and relaxed check out LOW 302 Bar.

9. The Australian Museum

The Australian Museum

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Australia’s first museum, this place has led the way in scientific research for over 185 years. It has a permanent dinosaurs exhibit, temporary galleries and a collection of more than 18 million objects to view. 

10. Prince Alfred Park

Prince Alfred Park

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In Prince Alfred Park, you’ll find scenic landscaping as well as a large heated pool if you fancy going for a dip. There’s also a cafe so that while you’re enjoying the fresh air, you can grab a bite to eat.

11. Badger and Fox Gallery

Badger and Fox Gallery

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The Badger and Fox Gallery is a work of art in itself.  The building that houses the gallery is on the heritage list as an example of beautiful terraced architecture. The artwork on show is eclectic with an emphasis on promoting up-and-coming local artists. If you enjoy art and fancy a souvenir of your time in Surry Hills, then this is an excellent place to find it.

12. Darlinghurst


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While you’re staying in Surry Hills, you might as well check out another interesting nearby area: Darlinghurst. This once edgy area is now a haven for the arts, with galleries and theatres to check out. And if you want some nightlife, there’s everything from gay bars to cocktail bars to hipster hangouts… and even more.  

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