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. In nearby 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.

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. Cry-Baby

    Friday 20 July 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Producer LPD in association with Hayes Theatre Co is thrilled to announce the Australian Premiere of the rockabilly musical, Cry-Baby. Playing at Hayes Theatre Co from 20 July, Cry-Baby is based on the 1990 cult-classic John Waters film of …

    20 Jul - 19 Aug
  2. Toby Schmitz Live

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Tuesday 04 June 2019 ,

    Toby Schmitz Live at the Old Fitz Theatre for four nights only. Proudly presented by Red Line Underground and Poor Tom's Gin Stage Manager: Genevieve Muratore Image/Design: Hamish Michael for Department of Pretend…

    21 Aug - 04 Jun
  3. King Of Pigs [World Premiere]

    Tuesday 21 August 2018 to Saturday 01 September 2018 ,

    One Woman. Four Men. She could be with any one of them. At 22, on a date on the Gold Coast. At 31, moving into an apartment in Albert Park. Or at 40, happily married with a nine-year-old son living in Campsie. Four very different worlds…

    21 Aug - 01 Sep