What to do in Kings Cross
Kings Cross is a suburb in constant flux. Formerly Sydney’s theatre district and Bohemian heartland, the 60s saw troops arriving on R&R from Vietnam. Their patronage spurred on the emergence of a sometimes-notorious red light district, whose reputation would linger for decades
These days, the neon signs of the strip joints are fewer and further between, and some of The Cross’ most infamous nightclubs have closed their doors. Gentrification is coming, but it hasn’t yet taken over.
The Cross and Potts Point also make up one of Sydney’s most exciting dining destinations, with chef’s-hatted restaurants, funky fusion eateries and top-notch venues.
Walking and Sightseeing in Kings Cross
Urban hiking in The Cross area can be hugely rewarding, with amazing people watching, beautiful historic architecture and easy access to the harbourfront at Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo.
Start beneath the gigantic neon Coca Cola billboard sign on the intersection of Darlinghurst Road and William Street. Once decried as crass advertising, it’s become a beloved neighbourhood landmark.
Head north up Darlinghurst Road, pass the El Alamein Memorial Fountain and you’ll hit Macleay Street, Potts Point. known as the suburb’s ‘Paris End’, with its picturesque Art Deco apartments and countless cafes.
Just off Macleay is Elizabeth Bay House (c1839). Likened to a Grecian temple, it commands sensational harbour views. It’s now a museum, open daily from 10am to 4pm.
Shopping in Kings Cross and Potts Point
Unless you’re seeking gifts and gadgets of an ‘adult nature’, head to Potts Point, where you’ll find designer eyewear specialists One Point Seven, and stylish shoes for men and women at Booty.
At The Artisan Butcher, meat is sourced direct from the farm, and the owners (a butcher and a nutritionist) are incredibly knowledgeable.
Nightlife in Kings Cross
The good news for nightlife lovers is a new crop of specialty bars mean the after-dark scene is arguably more diverse than ever, with old school venues like King Cross Hotel providing mutli levels of music, food, drink and entertainment every night.
With an undefeatable party spirit, a fun night out is always guaranteed in The Cross’ moody lounge bars, old school pubs and underground nightclub.