There aren’t too many places around that happily blend attitude and edge with community and charm. Welcome to Redfern, the coolest Sydney suburb that is nestled at the heart of the Australian story.
Redfern boasts a booming cultural and artistic scene attracting a contemporary and progressive crowd, whilst continuing to draw on the traditional strong connection with the indigenous heritage. Enjoying cool new hotspots literally popping up in every available space and situated just 3km south of the CBD, Redfern is one Sydney suburb to firmly keep your eyes on.
Handily located just a 10-minute train ride away from the city and a mere hop skip and jump from Sydney University, the Redfern community is an eclectic blend. On any one day you will meet professionals enjoying the quick commute, latest exhibitions and café culture alongside students that love the local buzz, proximity to lectures and life close to the action. Complementing the cosmopolitan mix will be a blend of locals, recently arrived immigrants and a lively indigenous community. This energetic cross-section drives the collective culture and underpins the individual charm that is uniquely Redfern.
WHAT TO DO?
Whether you want to take a stroll in the park, try some arts and craft, check out a band or lounge around over a long black and a bacon sandwich, Redfern has it covered. When you’re ready to explore, be sure not to walk past 107 on Redfern Street. A not-for-profit organisation, 107 is a large community space for all manner of creative expression ranging from the arts and drama through to live music and food tastings. With a cool licensed café sat right at the entrance, you can sit and absorb the creative buzz around you and simply enjoy watching a community at work. A similar space in nearby Everleigh is the Carriageworks, an artistic hub housed in the old rail yards that is committed to representing cultural and social diversity. There’s no better way to loosen up that creative flow than at The Bearded Tit where you can appreciate art, music and drama over a cold beer. With five exhibition spaces, this place thrives on breaking the mold and showcasing the new – not for the fainthearted. For the more active types, Redfern will not disappoint. Head to the lush Redfern Park for a melting pot of cardio activity and sun-bakers or try one of the plethora of yoga and pilates options available. Alternatively take a chill and simply watch others run around by catching a Rabbitoh’s training session at Redfern Oval. No sweat.
WHERE TO GO?
Accompanying this community blend comes the benefit of choice, with established local hangouts rubbing shoulders with newer neighbours. But the news is all good – whether you’re into a cool beer or an unwooded Chardonnay, there is always an option to suit. As well as some snug cool cats like Moya’s Juniper Lounge and Hustle & Flow you can’t beat the good old-fashioned Woolpack Hotel for its daily happy hour and $12 Monday steak. Check out St Jude on Bourke Street for all-day-breakfast and great coffee, the Pride of Redfern for a pick-me-up on the way to Uni, and simply do not pass by The Three Williams. Named after the Williams who founded the area – Redfern, Chippendale and Hutchinson – this foodie delight lifts the everyday dish into heavenly fare. Big yum.
OUT AND ABOUT
Redfern is also incredibly well placed for all the opportunities that await beyond the neighbourhood perimeter. With comprehensive train and bus transport links into the city and surrounds, the city is there for you to explore. Head out into nearby Surry Hills for more of the cool factor with bars and cafes jostling for space alongside fashion and fabrics, jump on a train and enjoy the beating heart of the city within minutes, or head straight out to Moore Park for a taste of the great outdoors and some fresh air.
Redfern living combines the best of community and culture with accessibility and convenience. Get involved and be part of the story.