Central Station and The Goods Line

Short description

Trains have been pulling into Sydney’s Central Station for more than 165 years. The vast sandstone building that stands today was opened in 1906 and remains one of the city’s grandest buildings. The imposing 85m clocktower was added in 1921. More than 85 million people pass through the station each year, their footsteps echoing through the imposing Grand Concourse as they make their way into central Sydney or depart for Regional NSW.

Eddy Ave
Haymarket NSW 2000
Australia

Branching out from Central Station, The Goods Line was part of a 19th century freight rail line that ran from Dulwich Hill into the city. The line closed in 1984 and the area sat mostly silent until a $15 million renovation that was completed in 2015. Flanked by some of Sydney’s most notable educational institutions, cultural attractions like the Powerhouse Museum and high-tech media hubs, The Goods Line has been transformed into an urban hub of walkways, bike paths, parks, ping pong tables, outdoor workspaces and playgrounds. The line runs between Central and Darling Harbour and takes less than 10 minutes to walk – keep an eye out for the Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building that resembles a crumpled paper bagThe suburbs surrounding Central are as eclectic as Sydneysiders themselves. Hunt down the best spicy noodles or sweet custard puffs in the bustling streets of Chinatown, have a beer in a grungy student pub in Chippendale, and explore the stylish boutiques of Surry Hills.

Central Station and The Goods Line will be part of Vivid Sydney for the first time in 2022, with light projections, installations and music events across the terminal building and along the walkway.

How to get there: You can get a train or bus from just about anywhere in Sydney (or Regional NSW) to Central Station.
 

This is an image of the clock tower at Central Station lit up during Vivid Sydney

Light Events

Vivid Reflections

Come on a magical, experiential journey through the culture and icons of our beloved city. Set in the western forecourt of Central Station, this interactive...

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Vivid Reflections
Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price: Free

Manta Rain

The grace of manta rays is arguably unparalleled in our oceans. This kinetic light and sound sculpture draws inspiration from the instantly recognisable...

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Manta Rain
Location: Overseas Passenger Terminal Price: Free

We Dream the City

Enter a collective dreamscape of city-making. Filmic encounters with the city’s past are woven into one of Sydney’s most iconic corridors, The...

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We dream the city
Location: Powerhouse Museum Price: Free

Convergence

Tunnels are portals to other worlds. We venture into the darkness never entirely sure what we'll encounter and often never knowing what awaits on the other...

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Convergence
Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price: Free

Frankly, My Dear...

See Frank Gehry’s design for the UTS School of Business in a whole new light. Brave architecture enriches great cities and, here, designer Sinclair Park...

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Frankly my dear..
Location: Business School, University of Technology Sydney Price: Free

A Mirrored City

Discover a city within the city, where shimmering surfaces beckon. Weave your way through a series of building-like forms covered in dichroic film. As...

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A Mirrored City
Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price: Free

Smash

Daring… Beguiling… Unrelenting… Our gaze is captivated by a dancer’s feet. Tightly strapped in bejewelled stilettos, they stomp and splash in puddles...

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Smash
Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price: Free

SHARD

Language connects us. This vital form of communication allows us to share our ideas, thoughts, and feelings with others. It has the power to inspire, to...

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SHARD
Location: Central Station and The Goods Line Price: Free

Music Events

DJs at The Goods Line

Enjoy a stacked line up of DJs at The Goods Line as you weave between superscale installations and projections on Vivid Sydney’s world-famous Light Walk. The...

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DJs at the Goods Line
Location: The Goods Line Walk Price: Free

Vivid Music at Central Station | FREE

This year, Vivid Sydney presents a FREE series of diverse, contemporary live music on the Grand Concourse of Central Station. These exciting acts amp up...

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Central Concourse
Location: Central Station Grand Concourse Price: Free

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