The Goods Line

Short description

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.

Eddy Ave
Haymarket NSW 2000
Australia

Flanked by some of Sydney’s most notable educational institutions, cultural attractions like the Powerhouse Ultimo 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 bag. 

The suburbs surrounding The Goods Line 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.

The Goods Line will be part of Vivid Sydney for 2024, playing host to Vivid Fire Kitchen, light installations and ideas events 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 to start following The Goods Line, or if you’re coming from the other direction, The Goods Line starts right next to the Powerhouse Museum.
 

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

Light Events

Humanity / Humility

A large, red neon word, Humanity, punctuates the darkness of night at The Goods Line.The sign flickers as if broken, but upon closer inspection we see...

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Humanity / Humility render
Location: Powerhouse Museum Price: Free

Fireplaces

Hypnotic and mesmerising, fire brings light and warmth. In 2024, Vivid Sydney explores fire as one of the original sources of light and connection. Find...

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Fireplaces portrait
Location: The Goods Line Price: Free

Ideas Events

A New Normal

Convert an old petrol car into a solar-powered 'forever car', see how leftover food can heat a sauna, or use furniture made from rubbish. This immersive...

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A New Normal room
Location: The Harwood Building Courtyard & Carpark Price: Free

Food Events

Vivid Fire Kitchen

It's back and blazing brighter than ever. Vivid Sydney Fire Kitchen returns, igniting its new home at The Goods Line with flame-seared street food from...

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Vivid Fire Kitchen
Location: The Goods Line Price: Free