The Festival Precinct

Welcome to our Festival Precinct, located in the heart of Eveleigh at Carriageworks and nearby at the Seymour Centre in Chippendale. 

The vibrant multi-arts centre, Carriageworks, housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, is home of our new Festival Hub. There, you can visit the bookshop, grab a coffee, and sit down to read or discuss the Festival's highlights with friends. Make sure you try some of the delicious food on offer at the Festival's resident restaurants in the Festival Mess Hall at the Blacksmith's Workshop, or sit down with a wine from the Theatre Bar.

Over at the Seymour Centre, there are food stalls, bars and coffee carts. Get a bite to eat between sessions or enjoy an afternoon tipple in the leafy courtyard cafe. You can stop by the Gleebooks pop-up store and have a book signed by your favourite author. There's a shuttle bus to take you back to the Festival Hub, or you can join a volunteer-led walk that goes between venues. 

Travelling to the Festival Precinct

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station and a 10-minute walk from Macdonaldtown Station). The Seymour Centre is located on the corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale (a nine-minute walk from Redfern Station).

Catching public transport is highly recommended as residential parking is strictly limited. For more information on transport, visit

Walking from Redfern Station to Carriageworks

Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. When you reach Little Eveleigh Street, turn left and continue to Wilson Street. Continue on Wilson Street for seven minutes until you arrive at Carriageworks.

Walking from Redfern Station to the Seymour Centre

Walk out of the station onto Lawson Street and turn left. Continue on Lawson Street until you arrive at Abercrombie Street, turn left, cross the road at the lights and turn right onto Ivy Street. Follow Ivy Street as it continues onto Blackwattle Creek Lane, which is inside the University of Sydney. Continue along the lane to the Seymour Centre.

Festival Shuttle Bus 

Our Festival bus service operates from Thursday May 3 to Sunday May 6, and travels between the Festival Precinct venues (Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre) and Redfern Station. The buses are wheelchair accessible and depart approximately every 15 minutes between 9am and 6pm. You can buy your bus ticket from a volunteer when boarding, for $1 (one-way). Please note: as this is a charter service, Opal cards are not accepted

Bus route

Buses leave from the Festival Bus Stop on Gibbons Street in Redfern, then travel to Carriageworks and then the Seymour Centre. This service will operate in reverse for transferring patrons from the Seymour Centre and Carriageworks to Redfern Station. Please refer to our maps to see the location of the Festival Bus Stops.


Bicycle parking is provided at Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre.


Street Parking is limited in Eveleigh and Chippendale. Casual parking is available at Shepherd Street Carpark in the evenings and on the weekend. The carpark is a seven-minute walk from Carriageworks and a three-minute walk from the Seymour Centre. 

Limited valet parking is available. Please contact: Gieves Valet Parking on 1300 880 839, or at for booking details. 


245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Bay 17
Bay 20
Bay 21
Bay 25
Track 8
Track 12
Blacksmith's Workshop

Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale

York Theatre
Everest Theatre
Reginald Theatre
Sound Lounge
Workshop room 1
Workshop room 2
Workshop room 3


Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta


141 Cascade Street, Katoomba

Inner-City Venues

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain

The Church
9 Mitchell Road, Alexandria

City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place, Sydney

Knox Street Bar
21 Shepherd Street, Chippendale

Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street, The Rocks

Newtown Library
8-10 Brown Street, Newtown

State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney

Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street, Sydney

Suburban and Regional Venues

Ashfield Town Hall

Auburn Town Hall

Bankstown Arts Centre

Glen Street Theatre

Blacktown City Max Webber Library

Campbelltown HJ Daley Central Library

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Chatswood Library on the Concourse
The Concourse Concert Hall

Woollahra Library at Double Bay

Ku-ring-gai Library (Gordon Library)

Hornsby Central Library

Hurstville Library

Kogarah Library and Service Centre

Varuna, The National Writers House 
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Carrington Hotel
Katoomba Library 

Narellan Library

Coleman Grieg Lawyers
Matthew Folbigg Lawyers
Parramatta Artists Studios
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta

Penrith City Library

Margaret Martin Library

The Connection, The Event Space

Rockdale Library

Ryde Library

Hawkesbury Central Library

Wollongong Art Gallery

Sydney Writers’ Festival offers access to the Festival to regional audiences by streaming in arts centres, libraries and writers' groups across the country through the Live and Local program.