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View of Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf and Kings Cross skyline in background

Potts Point and Woolloomooloo

  • Harry's Cafe de Wheels, Woolloomooloo
  • Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Sydney


Exploring Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo has many attractions, from award-winning restaurants and cocktails bars on one of the world’s longest timber wharves to inviting pubs and local theatre. From Potts Point walk down the McElone Stairs, built about 1870, at the northern end of Victoria Street to Woolloomooloo, where naval ships have moored since 1856. A memorial to World War I soldiers is near the entrance to the Garden Island naval base.

Must Do

About Potts Point

Marvel at the art deco buildings in elegant Potts Point, where the Happy Feet movie studio is located in the old Metro Theatre in Orwell Street. The theatre staged the opening of the musical Hair in 1970. Among the art deco gems are residential buildings Carinthia and Carisbrooke in Springfield Avenue and Franconia, Cahors and Macleay Regis in Macleay Street. The area is one of Sydney’s hottest dining destinations with likes of Gastro Park, Jimmy Liks, Ms G’s, Monopole, Billy Kwong, Yellow and The Apollo.

Delicious food is also available on Saturdays at the Kings Cross Organic Food and Farmers Markets, near the landmark El Alamein memorial fountain, which is shaped like a giant dandelion. Check out what's on at the Hayes Theatre, in Greenknowe Avenue, and browse in the Potts Point Bookshop, a stroll from the McElone Stairs that lead to Woolloomooloo.


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Potts Point and Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo Wharf

Linked by historic steps, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo share a history dating back to colonial times. Today, they share a reputation for delectable food and lively bars. With its elegant buildings, Potts Point is great place to admire art deco architecture and enjoy creative food in quality restaurants and buzzy cafés. Llankelly Place is a hip ‘eat street’ in Potts Point.

Woolloomooloo's historic Finger Wharf, once a busy wool and cargo dock, is a one-stop venue to stay, eat and drink. Oh, and the Wharf's most well-known tenant just happens to be actor Russell Crowe. Splash out and stay at the sleek boutique hotel BLUE Sydney, a Taj Hotel. Sip on cocktails at classy, intimate Water Bar or dress up for fabulous food at neighbouring restaurants including Otto Ristorante, Manta, China Doll or Aki's.

If you're looking for more casual dining, head to the lively Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, opposite the Finger Wharf or the Tilbury Hotel. Enjoy a pie with mushy peas at the famous pie cart Harry's Cafe de Wheels, which has been serving late-night revellers and visiting celebrities since 1945.

Craving art, too? Then check out the avant-garde art Artspace on Cowper Wharf Road or walk to the nearby Art Gallery of NSW. The Old Fitzroy Hotel, on Dowling Street, has a theatre, the Old Fitz Theatre, which has been nurturing some of Sydney’s best young playwrights for many years.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Woolloomooloo and Potts Point, from stylish hotels to boutique hotels, backpacker hostels and small guesthouses. The nearest train station to Potts Point is Kings Cross.

Explore Potts Point and Woolloomooloo