Potts Point and Woolloomooloo

Colonial steps link the fascinating heritage of Potts Point and Woolloomooloo, where naval ships first moored in 1856. These harbourside neighbourhoods share an enviable reputation too for acclaimed restaurants, cool bars, enticing boutiques, and theatres showcasing young writers and performers.

Admire art deco buildings in elegant Potts Point, such as Carisbrooke and Carinthia in Springfield Avenue and Franconia and Macleay Regis in Macleay Street. Nearby, in Orwell Street, is the Happy Feet movie studio in the old Metro Theatre, which staged the opening of the musical Hair in 1970.

Bartender pouring drinks at The Tilbury Hotel, Woolloomooloo.

Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf is one of the longest timber wharves in the world. Once a busy cargo dock, there are restaurants, a marina and Ovolo, a boutique hotel. The famous pie cart Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is near the wharf. Across the road are Artspace exhibitions in the Gunnery and classic pubs.

Among the intriguing things to do and see is a visit to the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, on Garden Island. As this island in Woolloomooloo Bay is an active naval base, you’ll need to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay and alight at Garden Island. Entry into the museum is free.

Harry's Cafe de Wheels stand selling Harry's famous pies, Woolloomooloo

A grand testament to colonial architecture is Tusculum, one of the original Potts Point mansions on Manning Street. An architectural bookshop is at the rear. Stroll east from here to the beautifully preserved Elizabeth Bay House, which in the 1830s was known as the finest residence in the colony.

For evocative plays, visit Hayes Theatre in Potts Point and Old Fitz Theatre in the Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo. Complementing the cutting-edge theatre are delicious food and wine experiences, including the ‘eat street’ in Llankelly Place, next to Kings Cross. Places to stay suit various budgets.

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  1. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

    Friday 20 April 2018 to Saturday 21 April 2018 ,

    The Australian Premiere of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing from an award-winning novel by Eimear McBride, comes a stage adaptation by Annie Ryan. The perfect time to tell this story and have this discussion. Vivacious, poetic and raw A Girl…

    20 Apr - 21 Apr
  2. Code Camp

    Friday 20 April 2018 to Friday 27 April 2018 ,

    These school holidays they are partnering with 40 schools across NSW to bring you a very special school holiday program called Code Camp where children can learn to code and build their very own iPhone or Android app. Code Camp has alread…

    20 Apr - 27 Apr
  3. Kings Cross Organic Markets

    Saturday 21 April 2018 to Saturday 05 May 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Kings Cross Organic Markets is a weekly market held on Saturday with iconic El Alamein Fountain as its backdrop. They are now an established and much loved favourite amongst colourful locals and travellers alike. And is it any wonder wit…

    21 Apr - 05 May