Chinatown Sydney

There is much to see and do and taste in Sydney's Chinatown

North Gate to Dixon Street in Chinatown
North Gate to Dixon Street in Chinatown cc licensed photo by avlxyz

The largest Chinatown in all of Australia, Sydney's Chinatown offers a wide selection of ethnic shopping and dining choices and is very easy to access by public transport. It is a great place for taking photos, and discovering some great bargains.

Many years ago, Sydney's Chinese centre was located in Darling Harbour and prior to that, the The Rocks. Around 1920 it began to establish itself in its current location of Haymarket at the southern end of the Central Business District. You will enjoy strolling down the pedestrian only Dixon Street, which forms the heart of Chinatown. Each end of the street welcomes you with an ornate Chinese gateway called a Paifang. You will find a variety of authentic Chinese restaurants along with numerous shops selling everything from produce to Chinese herbal remedies, housewares, clothing and more.

At the southern end of Dixon Street you will find Market City which has many Asian Specialty shops as well as Sydney's largest Asian supermarket. You will also find the renowned Paddy's Market there.

Be sure to see the Golden Water Mouth, a sculpture made from a dead tree trunk located at the corner of George and Hay Street. Chinese tradition believes it brings good fortune to the community. Also worth a visit is the Chinese Friendship Gardens, located just a north of the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Harbour Street.

An extra special time for visiting Chinatown is during the three week Chinese New Year in January and/or February when you will see all kinds of celebrations and parades; in fact Sydney has some of the best Chinese New Year festivities outside of Asia.

Nearby attractions: Powerhouse Museum, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinese Gardens, Market City and Paddy's Market.

Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailHaymarket1 minute
T1, T2, T3, T4 or T5Central Station8 minutes

How to get to Chinatown Sydney by Train

By Light Rail: exit at Haymarket Stop and walk east to the South Gate on Dixon Street.

By Train: exit at Central Station and head left (west) on Eddy Avenue, continuing on Rawson Place then right on George Street and left on Hay Street to the South Gate at Dixon and Hay Street.

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Video promoting the 2013 Sydney Chinese New Years Celebrations

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