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, hip bars, enticing boutiques, and theatres showcasing young writers and performers.

Admire art deco buildings in Potts Point, such as Carisbrooke and Carinthia on Springfield Avenue and Franconia and Macleay Regis on Macleay Street. In Orwell Street is the old Metro Theatre, which staged the musical Hair in 1970 and housed the Oscar-winning movie studio that made Happy Feet.

A bartender pouring a beer at The Tilbury Hotel, Woolloomooloo

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

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 selling its famous pies in Woolloomooloo, Sydney

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. Alice In Slasherland

    Monday 22 April 2019 to Saturday 11 May 2019 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Lewis Diaz is in love with his best friend, which would be fine if he didn't accidentally open a ​literal ​gateway to hell while trying to chat her up at a party. Now, with every imaginable kind of demon, monster, and killer ravaging his…

    22 Apr - 11 May
  2. A Little Piece of Ash

    Tuesday 23 April 2019 to Friday 26 April 2019 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    JackRabbit Theatre will present the world premiere of Megan Wilding’s A Little Piece of Ash, a story about grief, loss, and the survival of the modern Aboriginal woman, at the Kings Cross Theatre from April 12-26. When Jedda finds out…

    23 Apr - 26 Apr
  3. Blue – Screening

    Wednesday 24 April 2019 to Wednesday 18 December 2019 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. If they don’t make drastic changes, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. 

Blue is a film about how the oceans are broken, and what can be done to fix them…

    24 Apr - 18 Dec