Sydney Entertainment Quarter & Hordern Pavilion
No stay in Sydney would be complete without a visit to the famous Entertainment Quarter. It’s a one-stop shop for entertainment, leisure and retail in Sydney, covering a space of 11.08 hectares. It’s located at Maine Park, right next to the famous sporting venues the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Allianz Stadium.
The Entertainment Quarter was set up to provide a hub for entertainment and creativity in the heart of Sydney. It centres around The Showring, a large outdoor performance and event venue that also hosts markets every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The shops, restaurants and bars are hugely popular with Sydney’s restaurants and visitors alike, as are the two cinemas. The Entertainment Quarter also houses a children’s play centre, a dance school and a film and television school, paving the way for the next generation of entertainment professionals.
Standing next to the centre is the Hordern Pavilion, one of Sydney’s most iconic buildings, which was constructed in 1924. Since the 1970s it has been used as a music concert venue with seating for 5,500 people. Over the years it has hosted performances by countless famous names including Frank Sinatra, the Jackson 5, Queen and Justin Timberlake.
The Entertainment Quarter boasts not one, but two Hoyts cinemas. One of these is an IMAX for a truly immersive experience. The other is a more upmarket venue that includes a bar and dining facilities to make a real night out.
The Showring features a Market Canopy, which covers the famous EQ Markets. You’ll find the Farmers’ Market here each Wednesday and Saturday, and the Merchandise Market operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
There are countless shops, bars and restaurants located within the EQ; retailers include fashion, sports equipment and children’s stores. You’ll find food and drink to suit every taste at the wide variety of restaurants, cafes and bars. The vibe is laid-back and creative! If you want to relax, you can visit Heritage Park, a beautiful outdoor green space located within the EQ, which is illuminated by fairy lights at night.
The EQ offers a variety of practical services, too. There is a children’s play area and the Monkey Mania play centre, so the little ones won’t have to get bored while you shop! In addition, the EQ also regularly organises activities and classes for kids and teens in subjects as diverse as pottery, rollerblading and film making. There is a Parents’ Room located by the children’s play area, which provides children’s toilets and private areas for baby changing and feeding.
The Entertainment Quarter also offers parking facilities for 2,000 cars, a car wash and ATM and postal facilities.
- March 7th: Pixies
- March 11th: DIPLO
- April 15th: Madness
- April 16th: Touch Bass
- May 13th: All Time Low
- May 27th: Ryan Adams
The Entertainment Quarter is open each day from 9.00am to 5.30pm, seven days a week. Cinemas, bars and restaurants stay open into the evening.
If you’re coming to an event at the Entertainment Quarter or Hordern Pavilion and want to stay somewhere close to the action, the Central Railway Hotel is located on Wentworth Street, just 2.2km away. It can be reached within 10 minutes by car. Guests can take advantage of a variety of sports facilities and the spa.
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