Heart of Surry Hills

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1 - 30 NOV2022

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GoGet has been a part of Surry Hills since 2006, in partnership with the City of Sydney. GoGet currently operates over 100 vehicles in Surry Hills, which are used by over 4,800 residents and business members. GoGet allows local businesses access to a suite of vehicles including Vans, which help to reduce the cost and hassle of ownership.

On average, over 70% of local GoGet members typically no longer own a vehicle after joining and 1 GoGet car replaces an average of 10 private vehicles in the local area. This assists in freeing up parking as well as reducing average vehicle kilometres travelled by around 50%. It also helps to reduce CO2 emissions, while saving local residents money and encouraging them to live more locally and sustainably.

Website: www.goget.com.au



This year’s mural art project at The Clock Hotel will be created by artist, Kim Siew, and commissioned by Hawke’s Brewing Co. for the Heart of Surry Hills festival on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of November.

For this project, Siew will create a temporary interactive mural artwork on the tiled wall on the Collins St side of The Clock, celebrating the environmental achievements of former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, who poured the very first Hawke's Lager at The Clock Hotel in 2017.

As part of Hawke’s Brewing Co.’s commitment to carrying on the Hawke legacy, the independent brewery has raised over $350,000 for their charity partner, Landcare Australia, helping to support community-based environmental projects around the country. Kim Siew’s mural will celebrate Hawke’s environmental legacy in spectacular colour — think Western Tailed Pygmy Possums, gum leaves, gum nuts, wattle and waratahs!

Kim Siew is a mural artist and illustrator living on Gadigal land, Sydney Australia. Her work is bold, playful, full of people and patterns and created with the sole intention of bringing a smile to your day.

Check out the mural as Kim Siew creates art in real time on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of November at The Clock Hotel.


ince 1893, The Clock Hotel has been serving Surry Hills from their iconic balcony overlooking Crown Street. If that popular spot is full, wander over to their sunken courtyard, or have a boogey on their upstairs dancefloor on weekends.

Website: https://www.clockhotel.com.au/



Surry Hills Village is extraordinary. Right at the beginning of Crown Street, it will be an iconic addition to Sydney’s most exciting place to live and play. Featuring a multi-award-winning team of architects and designers, developed and built by TOGA, family owned since 1963 and just awarded a 4.5/5 star iCIRT Rating.

Surry Hills Village is unique. Set for completion in the fourth quarter of 2023, it will feature ultra-luxurious one, two and three bedroom apartments, penthouses and terrace homes. Explore European-style laneways, outstanding restaurants (including Fink Group of Otto fame), a Coles flagship store, artisan providores, boutiques, work spaces and impeccably landscaped areas throughout.

Website: www.surryhillsvillage.com.au

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Event Ambassadors


Jimmy Wong

Vice Co-Chair of Surry Hills Business Partnership & Owner of Jimmy Wong Eats

jimmywongeats.com | @jimmywongeats

Jimmy Wong is currently Vice Co-Chair of Surry Hills Business Partnership, an active Surry Hills local, photographer, cook and content creator. His work can be viewed on social media on @jimmywongeats and on his website.

He is very passionate about being part of his local community and contributing to the vibrant neighbourhood of Surry Hills. Jimmy brings skill sets from past roles as Senior Retail Designer, Head of Social sustainability, Head of talent acquisition, Director of Design for large developments, past contestant on Masterchef Australia and now owner of JimmyWongEats which offers photography, content creation, food collaborations and recipe writing.


Gillian Elliott

Community Art Project Curator

Gillian Elliott is the manager of Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. Together with her dynamic team the Centre connects with the many strata of Surry Hills community.


Working with young families through children’s services, providing a myriad of services at the Centre on Crown St and at the Northcott housing precinct. The team put their heart and soul into Surry Hills every day. Gillian and her team also run the Surry Hills Vintage Market and Surry Hills Festival. Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre is the vibrant beating heart of all there is to love about Surry Hills.  


Kasane Low

Community Art Project Curator

Kasane Low is a Sydney based artist, widely acclaimed for her installations, sculpture, performance and photography.


Kasane has been working with the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and its volunteers since 2016, initiating community engagement arts projects, connecting communities, encouraging neighbours and locals to meet, share stories and make new friends – through a series of art workshops and the creation of major public art installations.

Kasane holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Sydney and won the People’s Choice Award for coveted Art on Paper Prize, and the Emerging prize for the installation Thousand Yards of Gold Thread. She has participated in international art projects in Paris, Berlin and China and has previously exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe.


James Christopher

Co-Founder of BRIX Distillers

brixdistillers.com | @brixdistillers

One of the three Co-Founders of Brix Distillers in Surry Hills, James Christopher has had a strong presence in the hospitality industry, owning & operating his own venues in both Sydney & Melbourne over the past 15 years.

Now focused on changing the face of Rum in Australia with their selection of Brix small batch rums, James spends his time educating bartenders, craft spirit lovers & the Australian public about the new face of Australian Rum & how it can be best enjoyed.


James Irvine

Creative Director of Gin Drinks at Four Pillars Gin Lab

fourpillarsgin.com | @fourpillarsjames

James Irvine joined the Yarra Valley-based gin distillery as their first ever Creative Director of Gin Drinks in mid-2018 after years of running some of Sydney’s best venues and bars, and racking up awards around the country and world.

Nowadays you’ll find James in the Four Pillars Sydney Laboratory working on his latest drinks creations. Yam custard? Beetroort Red Snappers? Welcome to James’s mad-drinks-scientist mind.

Time Out Best Bartender 2016, ALIA Bartender of the Year 2016, twice Drinks World Australian Top 25 Bartender, winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge Australia 2016 (which saw him become part of their global Brand Ambassador Team for two years), recipient of the ‘World Class in a Glass’ category at Diageo’s World Class 2016. And then, of course, there was his spectacular performance this week in Mexico City. Yep, the man can mix!


Brodie French

Head Brewer at HAWKE'S Brewing Co


Brodie French previously Head Brewer at Sauce Brewing, Brodie has won a suite of awards at the most prestigious beer shows in Australasia. Having been involved in all stages of breweries – from start-up to large scale operations, creating and implementing quality programs, SOPs, best practice procedures, staff training programs, and commission and maintenance of brewery equipment.

Hawke's would like to thank The Clock Hotel and the Surry Hills community for its ongoing support of independent beer and our collective mission to protect the land and life we all love.

On 6 April 2017, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke officially launched Hawke's Brewing Co., pouring the first ever Hawke's Lager from the tap of the Balcony Bar at The Clock Hotel. Over 5 years later, with the help of the beer drinkers of Surry Hills, The Clock has poured over 100,000 schooners of Hawke's beer, raising over $10,000 for the company's environmental charity partner, Landcare Australia.


Tom Davies

Brewer at Yulli's Brews

facebook | @yullisbrews

Tom Davies has been with Yulli’s Brews since 2017 when the brewery was established in Alexandria, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in brewery operations as well as a drive for experimentation.


Elliot Hunter

Founder at Murders Most Foul

https://murdersmostfoul.com | @murdersmostfoul

Before the cool cafes and trendy bars began to appear, the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills was known for sly grog, illegal gambling, the sex industry and the drug trade.

On this not-so-typical walking tour, you will meander through dark alleys and winding lanes, discovering the beautiful architecture and dark history of Sydney’s most fascinating suburb. Starting at Central Station, you will stop for coffee at the legendary Royale Specialty on trendy Crown Street and finish at the Dove and Olive Hotel on Devonshire Street, where you have the option of lunching in one of Sydney's oldest establishments.


Justin Steele


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Discover the backstories of the “worst women of Sydney” on this small-group bar and nightlife tour!

This exclusive tour will operate for the 4 week duration of the The Heart of Surry Hills activation and supports a range of local businesses including Brix Distillers, Four Pillars Gin Laboratory, the Shakespeare Hotel and more.

Local Sauce Tours invites you on an evening tour of Surry Hills, combining drinks, food and an interactive story which will weave the past of Surry Hills together with the present.
The interative story will be focusing on the Queen of Surry Hills, Kate Leigh, and tell her story and the characters around her, with guests getting to each play a role and have their own lines to deliver during the tour. There will be at least 3 drink stops where we will have small "aperitif" style samples of food and drink.

Local Sauce Tours offers Sydney’s “funnest” small-group experiences, bringing together locals and visitors alike to make new friends and discover hidden gems within the inner-city area. Launched in 2018, Local Sauce Tours offer a range of food, drink and culture tours that explore vibrant pockets of inner-city Sydney. They also host regular intimate dining experiences including a Refugee Chef Dinner Banquet. 

All experiences cater for a maximum of 12 guests and are hosted by passionate and entertaining guides who artfully blend food experiences with stories of the city’s history, culture, nightlife and art.

We’ll take you beyond the main streets of Surry Hills and your expert host will delve deep into the fascinating history and characters that have called Surry Hills home in the past.

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