Welcome to Sydney’s record stores, providing essential music relief during these Covid-19 pandemic times. While all the listed stores are open and in business, we do encourage you to take advantage of mail-order and online services where and when you can. Check with the individual stores to see how they do things.
But no one wants to stay cooped up inside for ever and if you are getting out and about, this guide is a handy way to tour the city. Using Sydney’s CBD as a starting point, you’d find local info as well as transport tips for shops further afield. Over-nighters are be a fun idea and help support local economies. The stores listed below are split into zones for ease of navigation.
Click on the zone you’re Diggin’, or just scroll down to see all
Preloved / Secondhand Vinyl
New Vinyl / Music
Collectables / Accessories
Every tour has to start somewhere and we start yours in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. Just next to Town Hall you’ll find stallwarts, Red Eye Records nestled downstairs behind the Queen Victoria Building. Just a short walk south from here gets you to Utopia, home of punk and hard rock.
Head north of Town hall and you’ll get to Birdland and Mojo Record Bar. This will place you in the vicinity of Circular Quay, from where you can take ferries to all sorts of great places around greater Sydney, including the stunning journey out to Parramatta’s Beatdisc, and Manly’s Desire.
George Street is Sydney’s North-South spine, orient yourself to this and everything else should make sense! Access Sydney Ferries from Circular Quay which is on the City Circle train line and gives you access to Sydney’s new light rail system.
Lower Ground Flr, 511 Kent St, (entrance on Bathurst St), Sydney
(02) 9571 6662 | contact @ utopia.com.au
www.utopia.com.au | facebook.com/UtopiaRecordsOfficial | instagram : utopiarecords
Mon – Sat: 9am – 6pm | Thur: 9am – 8pm | Sun: 12pm – 4pm
Est. 1978 – Family owned independent record store specialising in Metal, Rock, Punk plus Rare & Collectable pressings as well as Bargain Bins. Over 5,000 New & Used vinyl in stock. Heaps of USA, UK, Euro & Japanese pressings. New stock arriving several times a week. We pay top dollar for your Vinyl & CD collections large and small.
RED EYE RECORDS
143 York St, Sydney
(02) 9267 7440
mail @ redeye.com.au | www.redeye.com.au
facebook.com/redeyeaustralia | @redeyerecords | instagram : redeyerecords
Mon – Wed: 9am – 6pm | Thur: 9am – 7.30pm | Fri – Sat: 9am – 6pm | Sun: 11am – 5pm
Australia’s largest independent record store, established 1981, and now centrally located near Sydney Town Hall, opposite the QVB. Massive range of new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs etc, and special order department second to none. Old-school shop ambience with friendly, helpful staff.
#3, Level 4, 428 George Street (Dymocks Bldg)
(02) 9231 1188 | orders @ birdland.com.au
www.birdland.com.au | facebook: birdland.sydneyaustralia
instagram : @birdland.records
Tue: 12pm – 4pm | Wed – Fri: 10am – 4pm | Sat: 9am – 4:30pm | Sun – Mon: Closed
28 years old and still going strong. Birdland Records opened in October 1991. We stock a vast range of jazz (including just about every Australian jazz release), blues, soul and world titles on CD, SACD, Blu-spec CD and Vinyl LP, from labels like ECM, Blue Note, Tzadik, ACT, Winter&Winter, Sunnyside, Cuneiform etc. Twice weekly imports from the US, Japan, and Europe. We stock new audiophile Vinyl LPs from Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, Blue Note, Verve etc. We also stock secondhand Vinyl LPs and cds. We’ve released a number of jazz albums, 2 of which won ARIAs for the best Jazz Album.
East of the CBD – across Hyde Park – is Sydney’s Eastside, which is where you’ll find independent retail, creatives, excellent restaurants and the largest cluster of clubs & bars in Sydney. You can get there across either Hyde Park or the Domain, up the hill from China Town or using Kings Cross train station. This ridgeline overlooks the city and stretches from the harbour all the way down to Redfern and beyond: Sydney’s Inner South.
From the CBD, Eastside is only a few minutes walk away. Heading due East from Town Hall Station along Park Street, then William Street will get you to the Coke Sign in King’s Cross.
Other ways into East Sydney are: across the Domain (past the Art Gallery NSW) to Wooloomooloo steps. Up Oxford St from Hyde Park South. Under the train viaducts from Haymarket to Surry Hills. Or from Central Station South into Strawberry Hills.
Just some of the buses to oxford Street are: 373, 380, 394, L94, M10, M40. King’s Cross has a train station on the Eastern Suburbs line.
RADIO FREE ALICE
134A Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
(02) 8094 8520 | radiofreealice @ gmail.
Mon – Sat: 11am – 6pm | Sun: Closed
Radio Free Alice. Specialist in vinyl releases across all genres. We also stock imported CDs, DVDs and books.
34/277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9380 8223| counter @ recordstore.com.au
www.recordstore.com.au | facebook.com/recordstoresydney | instagram : recordstoresyd
11am – 5pm | 7 Days a Week.
NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS. We buy, sell and trade vinyl records. Specialists in Aussie electronic music and new release import dance 12″s. We carry tasty selection of new and vintage Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Turntablist & Reggae LPs as well as loads of $10 second hand records (rock and dance). We stock turntables, needles, headphones & accessories. We also de-warp & deep clean vinyl and record vinyl to digital.
Sydney’s North is loosely divided by Middle Harbour into the North Shore and the Northern Beaches. The Northern Beaches are a little tricky to get to seeing as how there is no train line and so a bus or ferry (highly recommended) you’ll have to take or the traffic you’ll have to brave.
This is, however, an excellent day trip and buses and ferry’s are frequent; then again you could always book an overnight stay up that way because the Northern Beaches are one of Sydney’s beautiful natural wonders.
Northern Beaches: Buses leave regularly from the park at Wynyard Station or hire a car and tour the beaches.
DESIRE BOOKS & RECORDS
3 Whistler St, Manly
(02) 9977 0888 | info @ pigeonground.com
www.pigeonground.com | facebook.com/pigeonground | Instagram : @pigeongroundrecords
Wed – Sun: 10am – 5pm | Mon – Tue: Closed
With fresh titles added every week, we stock quality 2nd hand vinyl with a focus on LPs and 12″ from the “vinyl years” of the 20th century from blues and jazz to classic rock, funk and disco to experimental, the esoteric and everything in between. Previously trading as Pigeon Ground Records in Camperdown, we’ve teamed up with a 2nd hand bookshop in Manly now, which is just a short (and pleasant) ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD.
870 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
02 9982 7353 | sandysmusic @ hotmail.com
Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 5.30pm | Sat: 9am – 4pm | Sun: Closed
Sandys Music started selling vinyl on the Northern Beaches 44 years ago in in 1973 as a family business & we are still doing it today .We cover all genres of music in both vinyl and cd and have new stock arriving daily.
Parking in Newtown is notoriously hard to find… so bus or train are your best bets.
Train: Platform 19 from Central or Platform 1 from Town Hall.
Bus: Railway Square, Stand C, 422, 423, 426, 428, M30.
FIVE SIX SEVEN
567 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9517 3324 | 567king @ gmail.com
www.567king.com | facebook.com/567king | instagram : 567king
Mon – Fri: 11am – 6pm | Sat: 10am – 5pm | Sun: 11am – 4pm
567 King are the Sydney Hip Hop Specialists. We sell a wide range of local and international Hip Hop on vinyl and CD, plus a selection of funk, breaks, soul and reggae on wax. We also have an extensive range of graffiti art supplies, books, clothing and more!
550 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9557 7440 | info @ classic-hifi.net
Fri – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Hundreds of LPs in stock – Our main offering is what’s needed to play vinyl on – specialising in vintage turntables, amplifiers, speakers, about 150 at any one time, all from the 70s & 80s, fully serviced, all with our warranty.
413 King St, Newtown
(02) 9557 6237 | info @ repressedrecords.com
www.repressedrecords.com | Instagram.com/repressedrecords
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm | Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Specialist in new independent Australian and import vinyl releases. Also stocking Punk, Metal, Hip Hop, Experimental, Electronic, Jazz, Rock and Pop. Wide variety of secondhand titles also in stock! We love all obsolete media: books, CDs, DVDs and cassettes.
3 Wilson Street, Newtown
(02) 9550 6056 | info @ eggrecords.com
www.eggrecords.com | instagram.com/egg_records
11am – 5pm | 7 days a week
Now in our 21st year, Egg Records is the place to find an extensive range of New and Used LPs, 7″ Singles, CDs, T-Shirts , Memorabilia and Books every type of genre. New stock weekly. We offer a record cleaning service for your precious vinyl….
10/80 Wilson St, Newtown
0404 501 828 | info @ scratchesrecords.com
scratchesrecords.com | facebook.com/scratchesrecordsstore
Mon – Tue: Closed | Wed – Fri: 11am – 5pm | Sat – Sun: 12:30pm – 6pm
A perennial second hand record store originally operating in Sydney between 1982-1993, then re-established as an independent record label in 2019 by the owners son, renowned MC and label manager P.Smurf.
HUM ON KING
271 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9550 3553 | humonking @ hum.com.au
www.hum.com.au | facebook.com/HUM.MUSIC
Mon, Wed 10:30am – 5.30pm | Tue: 10am – 5pm | Thur, Sat: 10am – 9pm | Fri: 10.30am – 9pm | Sun 11am – 9pm
Hum on King is the premier music store of the Inner West established in 2000. We stock an eclectic range of new release LPs & CDs with a comprehensive back catalogue across all genres. Official stockist of Audio Technica turntables and headphones. New vinyl sale stock arriving weekly. We stock a wide range of DVD’s and Blu Rays of TV Series, World Cinema, Film Noir, Anime, Doco’s & Art-house. We also have a special order service second to none.
SOMETHING ELSE RECORDS
488 King st, Newtown
somethingelsesydney @ gmail.com
somethingelserecords.com.au | facebook.com/somethingelserecordstore
Thurs – Fri: 11am – 7pm | Sat – Sun: 11am – 5pm
Stocking the latest house, techno & varied electronica vinyl, as well as selected 2nd hand collections. Also DJ equipment such as; Allen & Heath and Numark mixers, Au dio Technica & Refurbished Technics Turntables, headphones, stylus / carts, slipmatts, cleaning products.
109 Enmore Rd, Newtown
Mon – Fr: 11am – 7pm | Sat: 11am – 6pm | Sun: 12pm – 6pm
Purveyors of dead peoples’ music on obsolete technologies
498A King Street, Newtown
02 9565 1804 halcyondazerecords @ gmail.com
www.halcyondazerecords.com.au | instagram : halcyondazerecords
Mon – Tue: Closed | Wed, Fri: 11am – 5pm | Thu: 11am – 5pm | Fri: 11am – 5pm | Sat: 10am – 6pm | Sun: 12pm – 5pm.
Here on south king street, we seek out the lost, the weird and all things wonderful in the world of vinyl. Offering up a melting pot of classics and obscurities with a tip towards a soulful, funky jazz vibe and things in-between. Also have vintage turntables, amplifiers and other music ephemera rolling through the store.
While not as central as the Newtown cluster, the Inner West shops are all well worth a visit. Just a few bus stops down Parramatta Road you’ll find the Vintage Record near the Annandale Hotel. One step further and just 5 minutes down the road from Sydenham train Station and you’re in bustling Marrickville, home to Sydney’s best pork rolls.
This is where you’ll find RPM Records Posters Memorabilia, Resist Records and Sounds Espresso – a music-themed cafe nestled in among Marrickville’s industrial area, where more than a few small bars are popping up.
Parramatta Road Buses from Railway Square (next to Central Station) Stand D 436, 439, 440, 461, 480, 483, M10, Marrickville has a train station as does Alexandria “Green Square” and are also serviced by various buses. M30, 413, 418, 425, 426
THE VINTAGE RECORD
31A Parramatta Rd, Annandale
(02) 9550 4667 | shop @ thevintagerecord.com
Thur – Sun: 11am – 5pm | Mon – Wed: Closed
Specialising in quality vinyl across all genres, regular import orders and overseas buying trips means the stock is constantly updated. It’s never boring in a record shop… Especially ours!
SOUNDS ESPRESSO RECORDS
268 Victoria Road | Marrickville
(02) 9572 6959 | info @ soundsespresso.com.au
Mon – Thur: 9am – 4pm | Fri: 9am – 3pm | Sat – Sun: Closed
Sounds Espresso is a retro-style licensed music cafe located in Marrickville. We serve up a great brew and juicy beats & pieces. Come for a dig, some cake or to just put your feet up with a cup of lovingly brewed coffee.
RPM – RECORDS, POSTERS, MEMORABILIA
113 Marrickville Road & 310 Victoria Road, Marrickville
02 9569 3465 | sales @ rpmrecords.com.au
rpmrecords.com.au | facebook.com/RPMMUSICMEMORABILIA
Mon – Thur, Sun: 11am – 6pm | Fri – Sat: 10am – 7pm
We have an impressive collection of 1000’s of cleaned Vintage and New Vinyl plus a unique and rare collection of Framed Vintage Music Memorabilia.
Something for every taste and budget. Drop in next time you’re near Marrickville or Sydenham Station! Great parking on weekends. We buy, sell, and trade vinyl so call Steve on 0466 88 59 88 for a quote to buy large vinyl collections, as we pay fair prices for the right stuff, so our customers can always have something new to find that we have cleaned up and brought back to life.
Long live real record shops for diggin!
38 Chapel St, Marrickville
(02) 9557 8771 | info @ resistrecords.com
facebook.com/Resistrecords | instagram.com/resistrecords
Mon – Wed: 10.30am – 5.30pm | Thurs: 10.30am – 6pm | Fri: 10.30am – 5.30pm | Sat: 10.30am – 5.00pm | Sun: 10.30am-4pm
Founded in 1996, Resist is a Marrickville-based emporium specialising in all things punk and hardcore, as well as a wide range of classics across hip hop, metal, pop and more. We stock everything from local bands to internationals – big and small.
155 Norton St, Leichhardt
(02) 9145 8167 | info @ crosstalkrecords.com
Mon: Closed | Tue, Wed, Sun: 11:00am – 5:30pm | Thurs: 11am – 7pm | Fri:12:30pm – 7:30pm | Sat: 11am – 7pm
Crosstalk Records is a Leichhardt-based record store, gig-space and purveyor of all things musical; from reels and ’78s to 8-tracks, laser-discs, cassettes, CDs and of course, vinyl records.
DADDY RICH RECORDS
Shop 2/428 New Canterbury Rd, Dulwich Hill
0411 851 053 | Contac via Website
11am – 5pm | 7 Days a Week
After a lifelong interest in music, I started collecting vinyl records (predominantly electronic and techno) in the early 1990s. My passion for music grew as I started to help other people collect quality vinyl records. That was the start of Daddy Rich Records, now a collection of over 10,000 vinyl records (and growing) available for purchase online. Vinyl records offer an experience unlike any other, often bringing back memories from the past and providing you with new ones as you listen to music with the people you love. It’s a great pleasure to be a part of these experiences, as people seek out their favourite records from their youth, records listened to by their parents or even new additions to their growing collection.
OUTER SUBURBS & BEYOND
Parramatta is often called Sydney’s second CBD. You can catch a ferry up there from Circular Quay, or a train from Central. The place has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food, drink and shopping. The crew at Beatdisc can provide you with hot tips on how to spend a day locally.
Our regional sisters and brothers are the farthest stores on the map and while not technically Sydney, we’re all one big happy family so whether you’re tripping to the Gong, Blue Mountains, Mudgee or Canberra – our nation’s capital – or using the Windsor area as a base, you can have a quality dig out those ways too.
Parramatta & Richmond: Central Station Train Platform 18. Town Hall Train Platform 2. Parramatta Ferry Circular Quay F3 – it’s a lovely cruise. Katoomba by train or car is 2 hours so seriously, stay a night or two, it’s lovely up there! Canberra by very fast train (caution, you’ll also need to travel to the parallel dimension in which our politicians got their s**t together to build this 😉
Shop 11 Queensland Arcade, 181 Church St, Parramatta
02 9891 9330 | info @ beatdisc.com.au
www.beatdisc.com.au | facebook.com/beatdisc | instagram : beatdisc
Mon-Wed,Fri: 10am – 5:30pm | Thur: 10am – 8pm | Sat: 10am – 4:30pm | Sun: 11am – 4pm
Established in 1995, Beatdisc Records stocks new, used and rare LPs, CDs & Cassettes, as well as turntables and accessories. We have a dedicated focus on vinyl across a wide range of genres (both import and local), with over 7000 titles in-stock and always growing. We also offer customer orders, mail order and host in-store performances. Vinyl stock arriving and processed daily.
Mixup Music / The Vinyl Section
9 Coronation St, Hornsby
MM: (02) 9482 1107 | TVS: 0411 046 796 (Peter) | getmoving @ bigpond.com
Mon: 9am – 8pm | Tue – Sat: 9am – 5pm | Sun: Closed
Always an interesting selection of used vinyl and cds across all genres, specialising in jazz, soundtracks and 1960s. Always buying; HAVE CASH WILL TRAVEL. Heaps of $5 bargains
60 Railway Cres Jannali NSW 2226
0421 085 458 | info @ saucerecords.com.au
www.saucerecords.com.au | facebook.com/saucerecordsaustralia
Wed – Fri: 10am – 4:30pm | Sat: 10am – 2pm
Sauce Records stocks a great selection of new and used vinyl, CDs, Music related DVDs, Books, T-shirts, Framed Prints, Audio Equipment, Guitar Accessories and more. They have a wide variety of different genres that they stock and if they don’t have it in stock they will try to source it for you.
228 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
(02) 4228 0459 | mail @ musicfarmers.com
Mon – Wed: 10am – 6pm | Thu: 10am – 7pm | Fri:10am – 6pm | Sat: 10am – 4pm | Sun: 11am – 3pm
Vinyl specialist record shop in central Wollongong established in 2004. Stocking latest releases and classic reissues on new vinyl as well as a large range of second hand vinyl. We also stock Turntables, books, cds, dvds and host occasional instore shows.
THE VELVET FOG
76 Bathurst Road, Katoomba
(02) 4782 5277 | 0404 478 468 | thevelvetfog @ bigpond.com
Mon – Sat: 10:00am – 5:00pm | Closed Sunday
With a brand new premises, Velvet Fog in Katoomba is a diggers’ paradise, so if you are heading up to the Blue Mountains for a weekend check out our huge range of quality records of all genres, books, cds, dvds and stereo equipment. We also buy, sell, repair service and carry parts for vintage and modern hi-fi.
30 Garema Place, Canberra, ACT
(02) 6248 9220 | info @ landspeed.com.au | landspeed.com.au
Mon – Thurs: 10am – 5pm | Fri: 10am – 6pm | Sat: 10am – 5pm | Sun: 11am – 3pm
Established in 1994 Landspeed Records is Canberra’s leading independent music store. We stock a broad range of new records and CDs across all genres. Plus huge range of band merch and new and vintage ladies fashion + more!
HOWL & MOAN RECORDS
Shop 4, 103 Jonson St, Byron Bay
0413 999 691 | howlandmoanrecords @ gmail.com
facebook.com/howlandmoanrecords/ | @howlandmoanrecords
Open 7 days per week: 9am – 5.30pm – Surf conditions permitting!
Live music Every Tuesday night. Byron Bay’s only Record Store, stocking new and used vinyl records, cassettes, turntables & accessories, band merchandise & memorabilia, posters, vintage clothing, espresso coffee & live music every Tuesday night. Focusing on the all genres specialising in local, independent and alternative music. Special orders taken and we ship nationally & internationally.
FRANK’S WILD YEARS
3/2a Raymond Road, Thirroul, 2515
0492 990 881 | hello.frankswildyears @ gmail.com | frankswildyears.com
Mon – Tue: Closed | Wed – Sun: 11am til late
Bar & Restaurant from 4pm weekdays and midday weekends
Seaside record store with a wide selection of second-hand vinyl, local independent new releases on LP, EP and 7s, cassettes (both new release and second-hand), select books, CDs and vintage HI-FI. Regular live music, less than 1.5 hours from Sydney. Come and have a dig and enjoy a cocktail and share plate too.
HISS & CRACKLE RECORDS
Ground Level, 18 Council Street, Wallsend, 2287
(02) 4001 0583 | 0403755925 | mitchel @ hissandcrackle.com
www.hissandcrackle.com | facebook.com/hissandcracklerecords
Wed – Fri: 11am – 5pm | Sat: 9am – 3pm | Sun – Tue: Closed
Located in the western Newcastle suburb of Wallsend just off the F3. Hiss & Crackle offers a great range of New & Pre-loved vinyl records (including imports) along with cassettes and CDs. There is also a Newcastle music section containing a vast array of independent local artists. Other music related items such as tour posters and t-shirts can be found along with an in-store stage which regularly hosts local and touring acts.
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