As we continue our walk through Sydney we come upon Darlinghurst. I happen to work in the area, so it already has a special little place in my heart. But there is a lot more to see than just my little corner of William Street, so I snuck out of the office one day at lunch to discover a bit more of ‘Darlo’.
Darlinghurst is a popular inner-city suburb that sits just east of the CBD. It’s a mix of residences, art galleries, nightlife, restaurants, shopping and more. It’s also the center of Sydney’s gay community, and the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras runs down Oxford.
Darlinghurst sits next to Potts Point, Surry Hills and Paddington, which are all popular residential areas. The rents are, for the most part, on par with the CBD, but it does have more of a suburban vibe.
The Australian Museum is also in Darlinghurst, right near Hyde Park. The museum has a wonderful exhibit on Aboriginal art, history, and culture. The other exhibits range from interesting, to beautiful, to strange, to dinosaurs. It’s a fun way to pass an afternoon.
The area is also home to the Darlinghurst Gaol, which was built as a penal colony and is now home to the National Art School. It’s a huge sandstone complex, so if you’re walking through the area, it’s hard to miss.
There is much more to see and do in Darlinghurst, and I’ll be exploring more as the summer wears on. For now, here are a couple more sights, but for even more of Darlinghurst, head over to Flickr!