DARLINGHURST At A Glance
Once a slum and red light district, Darlinghurst has emerged as one of Sydney’s most sought-after postcodes. Trendy cafés, off-beat hole-in-the-walls, an eclectic bar scene and the Sydney Mardi Gras is all balanced out by the prestigious medical corridor, world-class museums and prestigious private schools. One thing’s for sure, Darlinghurst loves to entertain, day and night.
The thriving café, dining and bar scene.
Small bars and Japanese eateries dominate, and for a more ‘locals’ feel, head to Victoria Street or Stanley Street (aka Little Italy).
Australian poet, Henry Lawson was incarcerated at Darlinghurst Gaol.
Darlinghurst’s addictive vibrancy pulsates day and night. You’ll find whatever moves you in this eclectic neighbourhood.
Victoria Street is a foodie’s destination with its multicultural restaurants. It’s much quieter counterpart, Stanley Street, is an enclave of restaurants, bars and galleries renowned for its Italian-style fare.
A major commercial thoroughfare linking Sydney’s CBD to the Eastern Suburbs, this energetic stretch of Oxford Street is lined with bars, clubs, restaurants and boutique shopping. Taylor Square is ground zero for Australia’s largest gay pride parade, the Sydney Mardi Gras, held each year in March and attracting over 300,000 party-goers who come from all over the world for the festivities.
Renowned for more than its innate ability to entertain, Darlinghurst has a serious side. It is home to the prestigious medical corridor of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, the Garven Institute of Medical Research and the University of Notre Dame School of Medicine. The National Art School, housed in the historic Darlinghurst Gaol, attracts art students from across Sydney.
The natural world is brought to life at the Australian Museum and the award-winning Sydney Jewish Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the haunting events surrounding the holocaust.
With two established private schools and small, independently-owned businesses, Darlinghurst has a reputation for welcoming people from all walks of life – by far its most endearing feature.
Darlinghurst welcomes people from all walks of life, from hipsters to LGBT to creatives to professionals, and everyone in between. Predominately an area for DINKs ‘double (or single) income no kids’, Darlinghurst still has a place for families who love the inner-city vibe.
Darlinghurst is a hot spot for small bars, some with nondescript frontages that have long lines of people snaking around the block waiting to get in. Whatever your vibe and pace, you’ll find a bar to suit your style.
From boutique art galleries to independent theatre companies, Darlinghurst has an enviable art scene that lures people from all over.
WINE & DINE
There’s no reason to cook at home when you have some of Sydney’s top chefs serving up nightly specials along Victoria, Stanley and Oxford Streets. Whatever you’re craving you’re sure to find a funky, electric dining choice that suits you.
Historic Victorian and Federation terrace houses reign supreme in this neighbourhood. Many have been beautifully restored showcasing Sydney’s signature sandstone features and wrought-iron balconies, whilst others still crave some TLC.