Darlinghurst is surrounded by the suburbs of Woolloomooloo, Points Point, Rushcutters Bay, Paddington and Surry Hills; and is a highly sought after area to stay whilst in Sydney.
Oxford Street is the main road that runs through Darlinghurst and the majority of clubs, restaurants and bars in the area are concentrated here. It’s one of the most popular night spots in Sydney with tourists and locals alike coming here.
Other streets in Darlinghurst such as Crown, Burton and Liverpool Street are also worth a look as they are packed with cafes and restaurants, music shops, art galleries, bookshops and fashion boutiques.
Every year in early March, Oxford Street is closed for Sydney’s annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival. It’s an exciting time to be in Darlinghurst as Oxford Street explodes in a mass of colour and energy celebrating Sydney’s gay culture.
Darlinghurst is also a gay hub where you will find a large portion of Sydney’s gay and lesbian community.
But there’s more to Darlinghurst than just partying; it also has a thriving cultural scene with several places of interest. There are a number of heritage listed buildings throughout with the majority located within walking distance from most accommodations.
The Paddington Reservoir, on the corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, was a working water reservoir between 1866 and 1899 but has been transformed into a sunken garden open to the public.
The Victoria Barracks, also located on Oxford Street, houses the Army Museum of NSW which is in the original District Military Prison built in 1800.
Other points of interest are world famous artist Brett Whiteley’s studio, popular nightspot Oxford Art Factory and the Belvior Street Theatre.
Dining options in Darlinghurst range from Asian to Aussie, Indian to Italian and everything in between. Most restaurants and cafes are located on Oxford and Victoria Streets as well as Darlinghurst Road.
There’s a wide range of accommodation options available in Darlinghurst. Backpacking and budget choices are plentiful as are motels and hotels. Serviced apartments and high end accommodations are also available.