What we love about Waterloo

  • A neighbourhood with promising growth, with new residential developments year on year
  • Access to key locations like schools, libraries, shopping centres, and the airport
  • A thriving art scene, perfect for creative minds 

Waterloo is a neighbourhood that has undergone rapid developments, and had its emerging working class roots work to its advantage. While its identity was previously tangled up with Redfern, it now has an identity of its own. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through exactly that: the key assets of Waterloo that distinguish it from everywhere else.

The People

Waterloo is located 3-kilometres south of the CBD, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of professionals reside here. It’s also nearby key universities like UNSW, UTS, and University of Sydney, making this neighbourhood a popular area for students.

University of Sydney (Photo: Knowledgeispower3)
University of Sydney (Photo: Knowledgeispower3)

Waterloo is also family and LGBTQ+ friendly.

The Facilities

Facilities is a broad term, only fitting for the range of what Waterloo can offer.


Green Square station (Photo: Gareth Edwards)
Green Square station (Photo: Gareth Edwards)

Yes; we are talking about its proximity to Green Square Station, and the volume of buses that come and go at each stop. But we’re also talking about how it’s only minutes away from the Sydney Airport, making Waterloo a convenient access point for local and international travels. 

Parks and Recreation

A commercial spot is only as good as the amount of green spaces it has, and Waterloo is proof of that. It’s surrounded by a number of public parks like the Waterloo Park, Centennial Park, and Moore Park—great hangout spots if you’re looking for some peace of mind or see dogs walking with their owners. 

Centennial Park (Photo: pattyjansen)

If you’re up for something more exciting, you’ll also want to check out the SCG to watch professional teams play cricket, or the Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre for a nice swim when it opens in late 2020. It will be the largest pool complex built in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics.


Green Square Library (Photo: Studio Hollenstein)

Waterloo has its own public library, but if you’re looking for more options and a fresh environment, you’ll want to pay a visit to the newly-built Green Square Library and Plaza.

The Shops

When in Waterloo, the East Village Shopping Centre is your best friend, a multi-level shopping centre with everything you might need, including Coles, your favourite boutique stores, restaurants, and cafes. 

East Village Shopping Centre (Photo: East Village)
East Village Shopping Centre (Photo: East Village)

As you may have probably heard, Waterloo also has a thriving art cafe scene, most of which you’ll find along Danks Street

Underground Social, Wah Wah Lounge, and Sonoma Cafe are few of the many cafes you should visit on your next cafe crawl. Indulge in great food, coffee, and conversations with people. 

Art Galleries

We can’t stress it enough: Waterloo is one of the most artistic places you’ll ever see. It has art galleries left and right, like Utopia Art Sydney, aMBUSH Gallery, and MAY SPACE. There are exhibitions all-year round so be sure not to miss out!

MAY SPACE (Photo: Facebook)
MAY SPACE (Photo: Facebook)

Waterloo is a neighbourhood out of the ordinary. It has everything you’ll want from a big city, while owning its identity as a safe space for everyone, no matter their interests or preferences. Soon, everyone will be looking into this neighbourhood as their next home. This is your headstart. 

To find out more about what Waterloo has to offer, check out our Area Profile of Waterloo which covers the demographics of the neighbourhood, recent properties that sold and are for sale / rent, amenities and much more.

Also published on Medium.