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. Degenerate Art by Toby Schmitz

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Saturday 10 November 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    A twice-rejected art school applicant rises to political power through the use of charm, cunning and violence. From there, he declares merciless war on ‘cultural disintegration’, ordering an aesthetic purge of the entartete Künstler - the ‘…

    18 Oct - 10 Nov
  2. In Waiting

    Thursday 18 October 2018 to Friday 19 October 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Mon Sans Productions and Actors Anonymous present ‘In Waiting’, a new and confronting play tackling the realities of life and death, at the Blood Moon Theatre. Estelle Avery wakes up in what seems to be a doctor’s waiting room. Little does…

    18 Oct - 19 Oct
  3. Script In Hand

    Monday 22 October 2018 , Potts Point And Woolloomooloo

    Rehearsed staged readings of new Australian plays. First time attendees or members can introduce themselves and upcoming shows can be promoted. See Eventfinda for more information.…

    22 Oct