Central Station -The Largest Train Station in Sydney


Located near Chinatown and Haymarket, the Central Station is the largest train station in Sydney. The Central Station in Sydney is like most generic central stations you find

scattered all over the world. Being the main area where thousands of local and tourist commuters numbering to around 146,000 everyday, the Central Station is busy, crowded,

and noisy.


The history of Sydney central station goes back to the year 1855 and if you are interested

in the history of the station, then here are some facts.


On September 26, 1855 there was the opening of the first Sydney Station in Cleveland

Fields and was known as Redfern. Tickets sold 4 shillings each for 750 first class seats.

This was for the journey between Parramatta and Sydney.


In the years between 1867-1948, there was a funeral train service from the Central Station to

Rookwood Cemetery. In 1874, another station was built because the first one proved to be inadequate.


This one was also called Redfern. It was built in an area formerly known as the Devonshire Street Cemetery. There also used to be a convent, a sanctuary for females,

police barracks, a parsonage, and a non-profit organization or Benevolent Society.

In August 4, 1906, the main station of present-day Sydney Central Station was built.

In March 3, 1921, the Clock Tower was added and in 1926, the opening of the electric suburban lines was established. In August 1997, Light Rails were built in Central Station

and in August 5, 2006, the Central Station in Sydney celebrated its 100th year of service.

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Transportation under the Central Station:

  • All suburban trains except Cumberland Line.
  • All intercity trains except Hunter Line.
  • All long-distance metropolis and interstate trains.
  • Central light rail station has its station here.
  • Interstate Bus and Coach Services.

Although the Central Station has gone through countless numbers of changes throughout the years, it has still managed to preserve some of its earlier features as a reminder of its hundred year history.

Historical heritage of Sydney Central Station:

  • The Clock Tower – This Gothic structure stands 75 meters high and is located in the north-western corner of Central Station. It has 302 steps leading up to the face.

  • The Concourse – The terminal of Central Station.

  • The Eddy Avenue Overpass – Named after the Chief Commissioner.

  • The Old Booking Office – To the east of the station in the Bakehouse area is where the old station’s stained-glass ticketing office is located.

In its 100 years of service to the public, the Central Station in Sydney has served its patrons loyally and faithfully.A link between urban and rural locations, it has remained the central converging point for pedestrian travel.