Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Kings Cross arts and culture
Griffin Theatre Company
Interested in experiencing outstanding Australian playwriting and contemporary theatre? Make your way to the historic SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross to see some amazing productiions for resident theatre company, Griffin. The theatre is a 3-minute walk from Kings Cross station and is surrounded by late-opening bars, restaurants and cafes.
Find art on a walk
Theatre, walking tours, arts and architecture all make up the small but lively arts and culture scene in Sydney's Kings Cross.
The quirky, intimate SBW Stables Theatre, with 120 seats, is the long-time home of the Griffin Theatre Company. Many famous actors started out here, including Cate Blanchett and David Wenham. The Cross Art Projects has a wide range of contemporary, international and Aboriginal art on show with events that include workshops, round table discussions and film screenings.
If you're an Underbelly fan, book a Kings Cross Razorhurst Tour. Hear tales of the Cross' brutal 1920s history and get up close and personal to the mean streets and locations where criminal mastermind Kate Leigh waged war in the 1920s against infamous madam Tilly Devine and her razor gangs.
You'll also find intriguing architectural landmarks including the 1912-built Kings Cross Fire Station on the intersection of Victoria Street and Darlinghurst Road. Designed by English architect Walter Liberty Vernon, the three-storey Federation building is National Estate-listed. The El Alamein Fountain in Fitzroy Gardens, which looks like a sparkling dandelion, is a memorial to soldiers who died in two WWII battles at El Alamein in Egypt.
Wander down Challis Avenue to Embarkation Park to savour great views of Woolloomooloo and the city skyline. Nearby, the historic McElhone Stairs on Victoria Street, have been immortalized in an award-winning Sali Herman painting and are a good shortcut to Woolloomooloo Wharf's bars and eateries.
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