What you need to know…

Sydney’s City Fringe area spans the suburbs of East Sydney, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, through to Pyrmont, Ultimo, Chippendale, right over to the Inner West. As the name suggests, these suburbs sit outside the Sydney CBD 2000 postcode, each having their own unique and distinct communities.


East Sydney, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Chippendale are full of boutique stores, cafes, wine bars and restaurants. They are also a creative industry mecca, abuzz with the likes of architects, web and digital agencies, PR firms, and graphic designers just to name a few. Moving further along, Pyrmont, Ultimo and Chippendale, are suburbs where you’ll often find reworked industrial spaces and warehouses. The Inner West is full of beautiful terraces that have the inimitable Sydney look and feel to them.


From remodelled industrial spaces and warehouses to funky new developments, you’ll find whatever it is you need to start or grow your business in Sydney’s City Fringe areas! They are popular with progressive businesses looking for non-traditional office space away from the city centre. Commercial property yields in the City Fringe are strong, with low vacancy rates and relatively low stock levels. The Sydney Metro rail project should also benefit businesses in the area as it is progressively completed in coming years. People will be able to use the new service to avoid traffic and get where they want to go quickly.


Facilities in the area:

  • Surry Hills – Bourke Street Bakery, The Winery, The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills Shopping Village on Cleveland Street, Prince Alfred Park on Chalmers Street (which includes an outdoor heated swimming pool), and Surry Hills Library on Crown Street.
  • Darlinghurst – Oxford Street, Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Theatre and Griffin Theatre.
  • Pyrmont – Pirrama Park and Pyrmont Point Park. The Fish Market, along with restaurants such as Flying Fish and Seans Kitchen.
  • Chippendale – Central Park Mall and popular contemporary art galleries.
  • Redfern and Waterloo – Redfern Station, Redfern Oval and many new and fashionable cafes and bars.
  • Alexandria – Converted warehouses, industrial estates and home to the sought-after eating spot, The Grounds of Alexandria.
  • Newtown and Enmore – Numerous cafes and restaurants, plus Dendy Cinema in Newtown and the Enmore Theatre
  • Camperdown and Glebe – RPA Hospital and Sydney University, Camperdown Fitness, Glebe Foreshore Parks and The Village in Glebe (for cafes and markets).
  • Inner West (including Lewisham and Petersham) – Inner West and Leppington Train line.



Please note the City of Sydney’s parking regulations:



Sydney’s transport is at its best in the Fringe areas; be sure to always have your OPAL card loaded and try to plan your journeys ahead!

Iconic building on Oxford Street on Sydney's city fringe

To Do & See:

  1. Walk around Surry Hills Crown Street – it’s full of boutique clothing stores, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  2. Darlinghurst is home to many theatres, including the Stables and Darlinghurst Theatre. Renowned Australian actors take to the stage here each night.
  3. Newtown’s King Street is an eclectic mix of restaurants, cheap eats and pubs, where local families, young professionals and university students all come together.
  4. Visit the small galleries around Chippendale such as White Rabbit and Kaleidoscope Gallery.
  5. Located in Redfern, Carriageworks is the largest multi-arts centre in Sydney, with a range of contemporary dance, theatre, music and fashion events taking place.
  6. Alexandria has come along way from the days of warehouses and industrial estates – these have now been converted to accommodate furniture and design shops, as well as cafes and restaurants.

Contact information and useful links:

The City Fringe has a mix of buses, trains and bike tracks that run throughout the areas which give residents and visitors many options to and from the Fringe suburbs.

Visitors Centre:

Sydney Visitor Information Centre - 12-24 Playfair Street Shop 1-2, The Rocks Centre, The Rocks

1800 067 676

Visitors Centre:

Kings Cross Visitor Information Kiosk - Corner Darlinghurst Road and Springfield Avenue, Potts Point

(02) 9265 9333

Visitors Centre:

Sydney Trains & Buses Information Hotline - 24hours / 7 days

131 500

Visitors Centre:

OPAL Card Hotline for Information & Assistance - 24 hours / 7 days

13 67 25