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.
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.
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.