Waterloo

Waterloo's industrial spaces are steadily transforming into tech-savvy hubs and artisanal bakeries.

Ephemeral art pieces grace the walls of Waterloo, a mixed media inner Sydney suburb where design and industry intertwine. Emerging from an infamous past and burgeoning into Sydney’s newest handcrafted hotspot, Waterloo’s transitioning warehouses and transformative art spaces further its creative appeal and tech-savvy allure. Its hyper central location doesn’t hurt either—this LGBTQ friendly neighborhood is next to already-established style icons, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.

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On the Map

Waterloo is bordered by Darlington, Erskineville, Zetland, Redfern, Kensington, Newtown/Enmore, and Alexandria

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 5 minutes by cab
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by cab

Art and Design Aspirations In South Inner Sydney

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Bright colors and careful kerning define Waterloo, an inner Sydney suburb that's shaping up to be the city's next design-savvy center.

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Once an over-crowded area south of the CBD, Waterloo's homes and apartments feel more cozy than cramped these days.

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It may just be a function of the neighborhood's design.

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High rise apartments nuzzle industrial complexes, office buildings, and renovated warehouse spaces that are home to the neighborhood's newly established tech and design studios.

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They're constantly compelling young professionals to relocate to Waterloo.

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Art galleries, furniture shops, and vintage stores center on Dank Street.

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Tech start-ups have transformed former railway yards into educational, innovative, and creative epicenters for forward-thinking firms.

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The Australian Technology Park beckons from right in the middle of Waterloo.

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Waterloo's Creative Neighbor: Carriageworks In Eveleigh

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Right next to Waterloo, Eveleigh promotes the neighborhood's same creative ideals.

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The area's renowned arts center, Carriageworks, is the site of TV tapings, film productions, artisan markets, and interactive performances.

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Trendy Danks Street plays host to a selection of great cafes and restaurants, organic food providers, antique and modern furniture and bric-a-brac stores, boutique jewelry shops, and several specialist art galleries."

Whole Foods and Fresh Markets

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A resolute mecca for fresh ingredients and artisanal menus, Waterloo supports culinary purity at its whole foods and farmers' markets on Danks Street and in Eveleigh.

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Many of the neighborhood's proprietors are active champions for the slow food movement.

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Farm fresh produce to table side delicacies.

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Hand spun pasta, straight-from-the-dairy milk, and artisanal chocolate grace the menus of Waterloo's illuminated cafes and restaurants.

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Green Escapes In Waterloo

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Fade in: Green spaces continue to sprout between Waterloo's once-industrial streets.

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Fade out: gold on the green.

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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