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Surry HillsAustralia

Stroll through back alleys to discover bustling wine bars, independent galleries and gourmet food in this lively and historic inner-city neighbourhood.

Rich in the arts and culture, Surry Hills is a creative neighbourhood with a cosmopolitan attitude. Get a glimpse of local life in Sydney by indulging in excellent coffee, trendy bars and a range of dining options to suit any palate.

First developed in the late 18th century, Surry Hills began as a working-class neighbourhood with a reputation for crime. Families from all over the world moved into the suburb after World War II, giving it a multicultural character. Having gentrified significantly since the 1980s, Surry Hills maintains a mix of newcomers and long-term residents. Walk through the neighbourhood and see the assorted range of industrial spaces, terrace houses and modern apartments to get a sense of the area’s evolution.

Stroll down the main strip of Crown Street and peek into the Victorian-era terrace houses to see the design studios and gallery spaces within. You will find a delightful range of fashion boutiques, from international designer labels and contemporary Australian design to retro and vintage wear.

Try a beer sourced from a local microbrewery in one of Surry Hills’ modern bars or enjoy a cold lager at a classic Sydney corner pub. If beer is not to your liking, go for a drop of red or white instead at one of the suburb’s numerous wine bars.

Catch a show at the Belvoir St Theatre, which draws from some of Australia’s finest directors, actors and playwrights to put on an impressive and diverse artistic program. Make time to visit the Brett Whiteley Studio, a hidden gem of a museum, located in eastern Surry Hills. See the home and workplace of one of Australia’s most celebrated 20th-century artists.

Surry Hills is easily accessible on foot from Sydney’s central business district. Central Railway Station sits on the western edge of the suburb and many bus lines service the area. The neighbourhood’s range of hotels and holiday apartments make it a great place to base yourself during your stay in Sydney.

Top hotels in Surry Hills

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Sydney Central
Rydges Sydney Central
4.5 out of 5
28 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW
£83
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in the heart of Surry Hills, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Capitol Theatre, World Square Shopping Centre and Chinatown Night Market. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,801 reviews)

"Checked in late. It was smooth and the receptionist offered me late check-out."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Rydges Sydney Central
Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar
Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar
4 out of 5
4 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills, NSW

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castlereagh Street and Australian Museum. Hyde Park and Capitol Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,628 reviews)

"It was close to the Museum Station and supermarket. We were given upgrade for 2 king bed which makes the room a lot bigger. On the last day Mardi Gras was held, it was difficult to get into the hotel though. The staff were very nice and helpful. The quality of the amenities is one of the best I ever ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar
57 Hotel
57 Hotel
4 out of 5
57 Foveaux St, Surry Hills, NSW
£48
per night
8 Apr-9 Apr

Located in the heart of Surry Hills, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of Technology Sydney, Hyde Park and Sydney Cricket Ground. Circular Quay ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,189 reviews)

"Loved the coffee machine in the lobby. Hotel has a fantastic vibe, great value for the price"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

57 Hotel

Popular things to do in Surry Hills

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(293 reviews)

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(313 reviews)

Flanked by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transportation hub is one of the prettiest terminals in the world.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(206 reviews)

Locals and travelers from all over the world come to worship the sun, sand and clear blue waters of Australia’s most famous beach.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(71 reviews)

This world-renowned zoo is cherished for its Sydney Harbour views and its residents.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(317 reviews)

An iconic structure on a beautiful harbour with breath-taking views at any time of day or night. Climb it, walk it, photograph it or just stand back and admire it.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(214 reviews)

Take one of Sydney's most popular ferry rides to discover calm coves and surf beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping and spectacular views.

Top activities in Surry Hills

Blue Mountains Private deluxe day tour.
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Blue Mountains Private deluxe day tour.

£396
Per adult
Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
£29
Per adult
Luxury Sydney Private Day Tour - See Sydney in Style!
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Luxury Sydney Private Day Tour - See Sydney in Style!

100% of travellers recommend
£179
Per adult
The Rocks Walking Tours
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The Rocks Walking Tours

98% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult
Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour
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Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
£73
Per adult
Sydney Harbour Scenic Helicopter Tour
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Sydney Harbour Scenic Helicopter Tour

92% of travellers recommend
£110
Per adult

Reviews of Surry Hills

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Verified traveller

12 Nov 2019

Nice places for breakfast and dinner!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Apr 2019

George Street event cinema was fab.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2019

Nice area... walkable to firstly, my meeting, and then to the CBD and Harbour areas. Good eateries and most things you needed were close, including the airport.

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