Potts Point & Woolloomooloo

Potts Point and Woolloomooloo are beautiful, harbourside suburbs brimming with history, the former being the first deliberately designed suburb and the latter is where naval ships first moored in 1856. They're both now home to fantastic restaurants, cool bars, boutique shopping and cutting-edge theatre.

View across to Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf and Sydney Harbour from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo

Things to do

Stroll the area and take in the colonial architecture. Tusculum is one of the original Potts Point mansions on Manning Street and an architectural bookshop is at the rear. From here, head east to the beautifully preserved Elizabeth Bay House, which in the 1830s was known as the finest residence in the colony.

Admire the area's art deco buildings, including Carisbrooke and Carinthia on Springfield Avenue and Franconia and Macleay Regis on Macleay Street. The old Metro-Minerva Theatre, which staged the musical Hair in 1970 and housed the Oscar-winning movie studio that made Happy Feet, is in Orwell Street.

The Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo

The Finger Wharf, Woolloomooloo

Pop into nearby Becker Minty, an eclectic lifestyle store for a one-of-a-kind purchase, and Macleay on Manning, which sells a constantly changing selection of diverse homewares, lifestyle, art and gifts. Potts Point Vintage is great for high-quality clothes and collectables, find a sweet-smelling gift at The Little Candle Shop and pick up a floral arrangement at Poho Flowers.

Hayes Theatre in Potts Point puts on small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. If you’re lucky, a big name will be playing on the intimate stage. Young writers and performers are given a platform at the Old Fitz Theatre, a small venue at the back of the Old Fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo.

Friends walking through the lobby at Ovolo Hotel, Woolloomooloo

Ovolo, Woolloomooloo

Woolloomooloo's Finger Wharf is one of the world's longest timber wharves. Once a busy cargo dock, it’s now home to restaurants, a marina and Ovolo, a luxury hotel. Across the road are heritage pubs and Artspace exhibitions in the Gunnery.

Garden Island in Woolloomooloo Bay is an active naval base and home to the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre. Entry is free but to get there you’ll need to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay and alight at Garden Island.

When the sun is shining, walk 10mins to Andrew Boy Charlton Pool. Public baths first opened here in 1860 and in the early 1920s the famous Australian swimmer Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton achieved many triumphs here, including beating European champion Arne Borg when he was just 16 years old. Today, the eight-lane, heated 50m pool makes a prime spot for outdoor swimming, perched on the water’s edge with views across the bay. The complex also houses a learner pool, a sundeck and a café, as well as yoga classes and massage therapy.

Friends enjoying a day of shopping at Macleay on Manning, Potts Point

Macleay on Manning, Potts Point

Eat & drink

Woolloomoo Wharf is home fine dining restaurants including Otto for Italian, China Doll for Chinese, and Manta or Kingsleys for seafood and steaks. Alibi is a plant-based restaurant in the Ovolo hotel.

Nearby is the famous pie cart Harry’s Cafe de Wheels if you want a budget option alongside a great view. Flour and Stone serves up classic bakery delights, including coffee, pastries, cakes, and savoury sausage rolls and pies. Housed in a sleek, refurbished garage, Riley St Garage is a modern Japanese restaurant inspired by New York’s Meatpacking District, while The Tilbury Hotel’s outdoor courtyard makes for a sunny spot to enjoy bistro-style meals.

Food and drink available at Flour and Stone bakery on Riley Street, Woolloomooloo

Potts Point has a myriad of food and drink experiences. Llankelly Place serves up intimate venues, such as coffee at Room 10 and wine at Dear Sainte Eloise.

Macleay Street is home to fancier restaurants including Bistro Rex, Macleay Street Bistro, Franca and Bistrot 916 for Euro-style brasseries, and The Roosevelt for chic cocktails. For drinks with a view, head to The Butler.

Set in a converted 1950s art gallery, Yellow is a vegan bistro from the award-winning team behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar. The Apollo makes tasty Greek share plates, Chaco Bar does adventurous yakitori inspired by the laneway restaurants of Fukuoka, Cho Cho San is a fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining, Fratelli Paradiso has a daily-changing blackboard menu of Italian food and Fei Jai’s ethos is Cantonese with a modern twist.

Patrons enjoying food and drink with city skyline views at The Butler restaurant, Potts Point

The Butler, Potts Point

Getting there

The nearest station is Kings Cross, just one train stop up from Martin Place, or it's a 15min walk up William Street. 

 

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