Redfern

An up-and-coming, culturally significant neighborhood south of the CBD.

Restored murals depicting Redfern's roots and Sydney's indigenous inhabitants stand alongside boot repair shops, barbershops, and burgeoning coffee shops. A tender mix of crumbling walls and creative community preservation, this inner Sydney neighborhood weaves coarse threads into rich tapestries. Unlike neighboring Surry Hills, Redfern’s style is scrappy—whether it's redefining the look of public housing or renovating the second stories of its live-work terraces, Redfern's evolution is in the everyday.

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On the Map

Redfern is bordered by Darlington, Waterloo, Chippendale, Surry Hills, and Alexandria

International Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic or 23 minutes by train
Central Station: 12 minute walk or 13 minutes by train
Opera House / Circular Quay: 18 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 17 minutes by cab or 45 minutes by train and bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

A Patchwork of History, Tradition, and Trends

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Vibrant and diverse on the south edge of the CBD, Redfern's history is retold in its community centers, along its walls, and through the words and faces of its residents.

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Redfern's population is one of the city's most varied.

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Aboriginal Australians, new immigrants from overseas, university students, and young creatives make up the neighborhood's cosmopolitan community.

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Thanks to its train station and convenient location, Redfern serves as a colorful point of access into the city's center.

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The area around Redfern Station buzzes with activity as people enter and exit the city's business district and nearby Surry Hills through the edge of Sydney's core.

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Residents of Redfern have boasted the post code for years.

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Some have been here longer than others.

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Each brings their own sense of style to the neighborhood.

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Tea shops and design studios pop up alongside barbershops and boot repairmen.

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Redfern's Burgeoning Coffee and Culinary Culture

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Elegantly eroded buildings serve some of Redfern's favorite meals, frothy beverages, and fermented pints.

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The neighborhood is quickly gaining notice as a new spot for Sydney's culinary connoisseurship.

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Locals, university students, visitors from nearby Surry Hills and the CBD, and travelers recently disembarked from the train increasingly explore Redfern's growing number of curbside cafes, pubs, and hole-in-the wall coffee shops.

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Impeccably-crafted dessert and beverage stand at the patio tables of its dilapidatedly charming cafes and coffee shops.

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Redfern Park: The Neighborhood's Favorite Place to Relax

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Since its redevelopment, Redfern Park has served the neighborhood as a grassy gathering place and jubilant cheering space.

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs, Redfern's competitive Rugby team, bring the community together in its stadium's grandstands.

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The Rabbitohs redesigned stadium gives access to one of the neighborhood's most beloved pastimes: playing footy.

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The Built Environment: Redfern's Past and Present

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Steadfast terrace homes, new apartment towers, blocks of government housing, and modest patios and porches paint Redfern's residential landscape.

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Despite their visual differences, their front doors all share something in common.

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Each is conveniently close to the city's center.

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Redfern is charisma through the contrast.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl

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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.