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Published October 28th 2015
On 30 August 2015, Sydney opened The Goods Line as a new urban walkway to the public. A multi-million dollar transformation project changed a large section of the Goods Line, a historic railway line, into a calm and pleasant walkway and open space.
The old railway line started operating in the middle of the 19th century and ran between Dulwich Hill and Sydney Central, via Rozelle and Darling Harbour. The line was a very important part of the local economy for many decades. The Goods Line was in use until 1984 when the last train left Darling Harbour. Parts of the track have since been re-used for the Sydney Light Railway.
The Goods Line is now a partly elevated, shared pedestrian and cycle path, starting at railway square at central station. From there it's a casual 500 metre walk directly to Darling Harbour. If you're keen to try out this walk, it's best to travel by train to central station and head to the Devonshire Street pedestrian tunnel towards railway square and you'll end up at the start of the Goods Line.
What's great about this walk is that parts of the old railway line have been preserved. Old bits and pieces of the train track are visible which gives this walkway some historic value. The line also crosses the old Ultimo Road railway underbridge, built in 1879. Right next to this bridge you'll see an old interlocking machine that used to be part of the Ultimo Street signal box.
Along the way you will see some amazing architecture too, as you walk past several cultural, educational and media institutions. The Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, part of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), clearly stands out. This building was designed by Frank Gehry and has a very unique architecture. The walkway also offers bright yellow table tennis tables, a huge communal table, outdoor workspaces and playgrounds.
The Goods Line itself is perhaps too short for it to be your only reason to come to the city, but there are enough things to do in the area to make it more than worthwhile. Spend the rest of your day in Chinatown, Darling Harbour, or visit the Powerhouse Museum situated right at the end of the walk.