Welcome to the 2021 Festival Precinct

Carriageworks will come to life for a week of literary culture showcasing the best of public discourse: imaginings and arguments, polemics and poetry, declarations and conversations.

From Thursday to Sunday, start the day with coffee and conversation as leading journalists discuss the news of the day at Coffee and Headlines. Between sessions, pop into our new Festival Hub in Bay 25, where you can browse the bookshop, settle in for a reading session or relax with friends as you enjoy food, coffee or a drink.

In addition to Festival dining at the Hub, the Precinct has a wide array of pop-up eateries, providing everything you need for sustenance between sessions. Food Truck Park introduces COVID Safe outdoor dining to the Festival. Along Carriageworks Way, you’ll find sweet and savoury delights. And head to speciality roastery Coffee Corner for your fresh brew and to one of the many Festival bars around the Precinct for an afternoon tipple.

It’s not just your minds that are in for some serious nourishment, the Festival Precinct has everything you need to immerse yourself in the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Travelling to the 2021 Festival Precinct

Please allow extra travel time to accommodate for the time needed to check in via the QR codes at the Festival Precinct entrances or if you need your e-ticket(s) reissued.

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh. This is a 10-minute walk from Redfern Station, City Road bus stops and Macdonaldtown Station.

Catching public transport is strongly recommended as residential parking in the area is strictly limited. For more information on transport, including Transport for NSW’s COVID safety guidelines, visit transportnsw.info.

Walking from Redfern Station to Carriageworks

Exit the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. When you arrive at Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue on until you reach Wilson Street on your left. Turn onto Wilson Street and continue for approximately seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks.

Festival Shuttle Bus

Our Festival shuttle bus operates from Thursday 29 April to Sunday 2 May, and travels between Carriageworks and Redfern Station. Buses set off from the Festival Bus Stop (Stand A) on Gibbons Street in Redfern, adjacent to Redfern Train Station. Please refer to our maps to see the locations of the Festival Bus Stops.

The Festival shuttle buses depart approximately every 15–20 minutes between 9am and 6pm. In lieu of payment, we welcome tap-and-go donations (using credit and debit cards) onboard. These donations go towards ensuring the Festival is an accessible event. The Festival shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible.


Bicycle parking is available at Carriageworks.


Street parking is limited in Eveleigh. Casual parking is available at Shepherd Street Carpark in the evenings and on the weekend. The carpark is approximately a 10-minute walk from Carriageworks.