This was once one of the more depressed areas of the inner city. In the 1920s Surry Hills was a haunt of the razor gangs that terrorised inner city Sydney. In the post war years the low property and rental prices attracted a large number of new migrants to the already-hectic district. In recent decades, young professionals have moved into the area, lured by the charm of its Victorian terraces and closeness to the city.
The city has had a conspicuous gay and lesbian presence since the 1950s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that antidiscrimination legislation was passed declaring that homosexual activity was not a criminal offence.
Today Surry Hills is a curious mixture of fashion and seediness. Newly renovated houses stand alongside dilapidated dwellings while streets of elegant Victorian terraces abut modern high-rise flats and factory warehouses.
Once the centre of Sydney’s garment trade, it still has factory outlets where clothing, lingerie and haberdashery can be purchased at below retail prices. Alternative fashion and retro clothing shops are found at the Oxford Street end of Crown Street. These boutiques attract the street-smart crowd.
Neighbouring suburbs such as Darlinghurst offer a plentiful array of Gymnasiums including world famous City Gym open 24 hrs
Phillip Cook pool in the city is within 5 – 10 minutes drive and also offers gym facilities.
Surry Hills is located 1.5km east of the CBD
Brett Whitley’s Studio – Internationally acclaimed and prolific artist.
For the visitor, the suburb offers a wide range of ethnic cuisines, often at bargain prices. It is famed for the Lebanese and Turkish restaurants that cluster near the intersection of Cleveland and Elizabeth Streets. You will also find Indian, Chinese, Thai French and numerous Italian eateries scattered around the suburb, along with smart and casual cafes and stylish pubs.
Crown Street Primary School
Sydney Boys & Girls High