What you need to know…

The Southern CBD is known for its rich mix of cultures and ‘mini-towns’, including the Spanish Quarter, Korea Town, Thai Town and China Town – allowing you to be transported to the county of your choice via the specialised supermarkets and restaurants. The area covers a lot of ground, from Town Hall Station including George, Pitt and Castlereagh Streets right down to Central Station, where you can take a bus or train interstate.


The Metro and Capitol Theatre, as well as George Street Cinema, make the Southern CBD a vibrant entertainment district; live music, theatre shows and films are on offer every night of the week.


Over the coming years, the Southern CBD is predicted to become Australia’s version of Silicon Valley, with the New South Wales government recently announcing a partnership with Atlassian to create a tech hub between Central Station and Eveleigh.  The proposed mixed-use development sites are forecast to create 10,000 new jobs over the next two decades.


Facilities in the area:

  • Town Hall Station
  • Central Station
  • Downing Centre Law Courts
  • World Square Shopping Centre
  • George Street Cinemas
  • Capitol Square and Theatre
  • Metro Theatre
  • Paddy’s Markets & Market City
  • Spanish Quarter
  • China Town and Haymarket
  • Thai Town
  • Korea Town
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship
  • University of Technology (UTS), Haymarket campus


For all the parking stations in this precinct, please go to:




Please note the City of Sydney’s parking regulations:


Chinese statue in China Town in Sydney's Southern CBD precinct

 To Do & See:

  1. Pick yourself up a bargain and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Paddy’s Markets.
  2. Try an authentic bowl of Bibimbap (a Korean signature dish of rice, vegetables and meat) or paella (a Spanish dish) in Capitol Square.
  3. Catch the latest international musical at the Capitol Theatre.
  4. Walk the streets of China Town and admire the hanging ducks and chicken feet of the delicious authentic restaurants.
  5. Celebrate one of the many Thai festivals held throughout the year in Thai Town, like the Songkran Festival that’s held in mid-April.
  6. Hit the shops and maybe even spot a celebrity on their way out of the 2Day FM studios in World Square Shopping Centre.
  7. Sneak in a film at the George Street Cinema complex.
  8. See the barristers complete with their robes and wigs running along Castlereagh Street, sometimes late to their court appearances at the Downing Centre Law Courts.



Contact information and useful links:

The southern CBD has Central Station on its doorstep. And with four different access points, great access to buses as well as Country Link trains, this precinct has public transport covered.

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