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Kings Cross

  • Kings Cross skyline
  • Harry's Cafe de Wheels, Woolloomooloo


Eating out in Kings Cross

Kings Cross is a melting pot of strip clubs, gangsters, streetwalkers and pimps – with cool bars, excellent restaurants, posh hotels and backpacker digs thrown in for good measure. You'll want to be a night owl with an open mind to experience everything this open-all-hours precinct has to offer.

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Always buzzing with lots to see & do

The Cross, as it's known locally, has always maintained its risqué, ready-for-anything reputation, luring an intriguing mix of backpackers, sailors, down'n'outs, hip inner-city types and suburban party animals.

What to do? Check out the area's landmarks, including the El Alamein athistle' fountain, The Cross Art Projects in Macleay Street or the famous McElhone Steps in Victoria Street (a great shortcut down to Finger Wharf). You could also buy tickets to a play at Griffin Theatre Company, or discover the area's brutal history on a Kings Cross Razorhurst Tour. And don't forget to head to Fitzroy Gardens on Saturdays for Garden Games – a weekly board games event.


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Stay, play, eat and drink in Kings Cross

Accommodation in Kings Cross caters to all budgets. There's a hip, contemporary ambiance at the Lido Suites in Roslyn Street, a prime location in the heart of this lively precinct or try The Diamant, a luxury boutique hotel on Kings Cross Road. The Quest Potts Point and Macleay Serviced Apartments are also both close to the action. Fancy budget digs? The area boasts heaps of backpacker hostels, some in grand old terraces. Try Chilliblue on Victoria St, The Jackaroo Hostel on Darlinghurst Road or the Jolly Swagman on Orwell Street.

Nightlife swings from cosy wine bars like LL Wine and Dine to cocktail bar/clubs such as The Piano Room, 21 and Goldfish. If you're after fine dining, head down Bayswater Road to Concrete Blonde or Bistro Ortolon. Cheap eats run the gamut enjoy the quality, seasonal fare at Wilbur's Place on Llankelly, or Mexican at Barrio Chino on the main strip along Bayswater Road.

Explore Kings Cross

El Alamein Memorial Fountain, Kings Cross by Tony Yeates; Destination NSW