Adventuring Sydneyside Neighborhoods: Darlinghurst

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.

A look down Oxford Street, Darlinghurst's main thoroughfare

Oxford Street is great for people watching, but I love the architecture as well. Above: Building tops on Oxford

A few more buildings, just for fun

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.

An example of the terraced apartments in Darlinghurst. They are lovely.

While architecturally distinctive, The Horizon apartment building has caused controversy thanks to the shadows it casts.

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 'strange' at the Australian Museum. A huge collection of skeletons!

Here are the dinosaurs I promised

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.

The Darlinghurst Gaol entrance

'The Wall' looking down Darlinghurst Road

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!

As seen on a Crown Street construction site

The Horizon and neighbors through the glass


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