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. The View UpStairs

    Sunday 25 February 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    The View UpStairs draws you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when Wes, a young fashion designer from 2017, buy…

    25 Feb - 04 Mar
  2. Trivial Tease- As wild as pub trivia gets

    Tuesday 27 February 2018 to Tuesday 18 September 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Bamboozle presents Trivial Tease, Sydney's funnest, silliest pub trivia night. On every Tuesday night at the Potts Point Hotel, where first timers are treated locals and locals are treated like family. Trivial Tease is full of adult humou…

    27 Feb - 18 Sep