Ultimo

A kind and convenient inner Sydney neighborhood that's really going places.

Despite its slow-moving traffic, Ultimo thumps at a frenzied pace. University students, cultural institutions, and cable-suspension bridges collide and break away from one another in this south central neighborhood. Ultimately, it’s what Ultimo isn’t that makes it so appealing. It’s not flashy, but it's fun, it’s not trendy, but it’s topical—and it’s the perfect middle ground to unite neighborhoods that are—super cool Chippendale and always alight Chinatown border Ultimo on either side.

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On the Map

Ultimo is bordered by Chippendale, Haymarket, Pyrmont, Camperdown, Glebe, and Central Business District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 45 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 10 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 10 minutes by bus or 15 minute walk
Bondi Beach: 30 minutes by cab

Heavy Traffic: Always on the Move In Ultimo

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Just slightly southwest of the CBD, Ultimo grew up as an industrial darling.

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The neighborhood has since grown into a hub of constant movement.

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At the crossroads of neighborhoods like Surry Hills, Chippendale, Glebe, and Redfern, Ultimo's rail, metro, and bus systems whisk commuters and travelers into and out of the CBD, The Rocks, and Woolloomooloo.

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Not everyone is looking to pass through Ultimo.

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It's increasingly becoming a neighborhood not to be passed up.

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Relics of its industrial history are now neighborhood markets, vintage attics, and cafes and pie shops.

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Ultimo's cadre of federation warehouses continues renovating to provide residences for the neighborhood's growing number of fans.

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They're attracted to its constant motion.

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On this trajectory, there's only one place Ultimo's going.

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Up.

Museums and Attractions Just South of the CBD

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Named after Australian swimmer and superstar, Ian Thorpe, or the "Thorpedo," the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre draws families and exercisers to swim, practice, and play in its pools and fitness studios.

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Fitting that the centre is named after a gold medal winning freestyle swimmer, the contemporary structure of the building is known as 'wave-form.'

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The Powerhouse Museum also attracts curious visitors to Ultimo.

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Its ever-changing array of educational and interactive exhibitions focuses on the promotion of learning and creativity.

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Ultimo's community center remains a neighborhood stronghold.

Ultimo's University Population

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Two universities, the University of Technology, Sydney and Ultimo College TAFE Sydney Institute, make their home in Ultimo.

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Students enliven the neighborhood's streets.

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Nearby favourites [are] the Kazbah in Darling Harbour, Chat Thai in Thai town, Mamak's on Goulburn st, Made in Italy in Pyrmont, Lush Bucket and Quarry St cafe for awesome coffee, and Zumbo at the Star for desserts."

Ultimo: Going Green In Wentworth Park

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Wentworth Park offers green relief from the grey pavement and brick bridges that span Ultimo.

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The expansive space stays busy with soccer practices, footy camps, families, and joggers.

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Old Meets New In Ultimo

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Ultimo isn't renowned for quaintness or delicacy, but the neighborhood's no-nonsense residential attitude emanates a charm of its own.

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Its brick warehouses and sandstone cottages have transformed into modern apartments and modest homes.

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Victorian style terraces nudge the sides of old dairies and defunct flour mills.

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Set against bold geometric forms, little details mean a lot in Ultimo.

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The neighborhood's wide streets and numerous metro stations make it easy to get around.

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Steady as you go.

Photography

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

Tobias Rowles is a Sydney based photographer working in both the art and commercial worlds. He specialises in people and lifestyle photography that celebrates the ‘everyday’ and shoots for a wide range of local and international advertising clients. Tobias also maintains a constant focus on personal projects, many of which have received considerable critical acclaim.

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