Sydney’s Secret Abandoned Tunnels Are Being Transformed Into Bars

By Holly Kingston
2nd Oct 2018

Folks, this one brings all new meaning to the term ‘tunnel vision’. The secret tunnels under St James station are about to become your new local hangout under a plan announced by the NSW Government. Who’s down for an espresso martini underneath the city?

Yep, those dark, damp tunnels that were built in the 1920’s are about to become Sydney’s trendy new bars, restaurants and retail space. These passageways are part of a never-realised transport vision to have a train link from the eastern suburbs to the northern beaches. That baby was abandoned during the great depression, and almost a century later we’re all about this tunnel makeover.

The tunnels that sprawl below Hyde Park and past the Cahill Expressway entrance have only been inhabited by military personnel during WWII and eels in an actual underground lake. So why not transform the 6000 square metres of dank spooky chambers into your go-to piccolo or Aperol spritz destination?

We’re kind of hoping for the feels of the glam eateries in New York’s Grand Central Station, but this development is being left open to the floor. The government is seeking expressions of interest from both local and international developers. Expressions of interest close November 6, then the process will be managed by Sydney Trains and real estate company CBRE.

Let’s just say we’re a little amped for this. Sydney, we knew there would be some light at the end of the tunnel after that whole lockout laws saga.

Oh, Sydney's got a few secrets. Check out this abandoned shipwreck—it's perfect for your weekend Insta goals. 

Image credit: Pinterest. 

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