Sydney is one of the most popular cities in Australia and it features a long list of eclectic neighbourhoods including Darlinghurst. This suburb is located 1km on the eastern side of Sydney’s Central Business District and Hyde Park. Originally known as Eastern Hill and then Henrietta Town, Darlinghurst underwent urban renovations in the 1980’s to become a cosmopolitan area. Today, Darlinghurst is a hub of unique precincts including bars, restaurants, galleries and shopping malls. Read on to find out about the places you can explore with bus hire in Sydney.
As of 2011, Darlinghurst was home to more than 10,000 people and had a density of 11,047 per square kilometre, making it one of the densest neighbourhoods in Sydney. Most of the businesses located in Darlinghurst are consumer based, including food, wine and shopping. Business coupled with the area’s history of acceptance and inclusion gives Darlinghurst a vibrant and eclectic flair. Oxford Street is where night life in Darlinghurst thrives as this is where you’ll find the best nightclubs for both gay and straight clubbers. Places like Stanley Street, Crown Street and Victoria Street are culturally known as rich and sophisticated destinations.
Here are some highlights on spots in Darlinghurst you can include for your day trip:
This is an edgy and warehouse-like venue, whose establishment and design was inspired by Andy Warhol’s 1960’s New York Factory. It features multiple areas designed for performances. The venue is divided into the Gallery, Live Art Space and Art after Dark Bar. All the above areas are used for music, visual art and performance art events. On first Saturday of every month, the Oxford Art Factory is hosted to give a platform to Sydney’s emerging and established artists.
This gallery focuses on contemporary photography. Artistic photography work by local and international artists can be seen here. The gallery also stocks publications by some of the leading photographers in Australia. Black Eye is located at 3/138 Darlinghurst Road, near Kings Cross and Oxford Street. The gallery is the best venue for presentations, product launches and other uses, and it’s available for event hire.
Located in downtown Darlinghurst, this is a luxury designer consignment store and one of the best shopping venues in the suburb of Darlinghurst. It is just five minutes from the city’s premier shopping and was established in 1996. With more than a decade in the industry, Blue Spinach has established itself as a destination that provides customers with high quality designer apparels as well as great customer service. The store sells varied pieces for both men and women, including shoes, clothing and accessories. They also specialize in selling the most expensive designer handbags in Sydney. The staff at Blue Spinach has extensive knowledge on second hand pieces which comes in handy when screening items to be stocked. This ensures quality control to give you authentic products.
The concept of this gallery is to give an insight into the creative side of Australians. The gallery hosts exhibitions on a monthly basis with a conceptual theme aimed at encouraging creative Australians to try and push their limits in art and design. The results are always different, unexpected surprises and definitely crowd pleasers!
Australia has long been famous for familiarising itself with American foods. Dan McGuirt, a US chef, is one of those who felt the need to bring more of American cuisine to Australia and opened Jazz City BBQ. This where you will find food cooked in Texas style. Rather than fried ribs, the restaurant offers smoked ribs which are so juicy that you won’t need a fancy sauce to add flavour!
This is the chance for you to live and drink like a local. Some describe it as sophisticated and others as eye opening but however you see it, the small bar tour allows you to discover Sydney’s best bars and drinks. The tour will take you through hidden alleyways and cool bars behind obscure doors. Rather than fall for expensive, commercial bars, opt for Ketel One Bar Tours which will give you access to premium cocktails all over the city.
Located in Darlinghurst, this is a bar, restaurant and entertainment venue where flavour, life and chaos thrive. The fused European and Asian menu created by Raja Anand, the executive chef, is centred on the idea of communal dining. The main highlight of Le’Cartela is probably the cocktail degustation, which boasts of five unique cocktails as well as education in mixology. Due to the extensive selection of food and beverage, Asian-inspired decor and chilled, Le’Cartela is often used as a venue for events.
If you are looking for fine Italian dining in Darlinghurst, Belissimo is the place to be. Located in Claremont, the restaurant serves all kinds of Neapolitan meals including sensational pasta and wood fired pizza. It also has a solid Italian wine list. To further enhance the European experience, the staff is also Italian. The atmosphere at Belissimo is always jovial encouraging hundreds of regulars return for more of Mediterranean hospitality.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are a significant part of Australia’s history. Head to the Australian Art Print Network and learn more the culture of the above communities, while browsing a wide collection of artistic works. The gallery is part of the Australian Indigenous Art Trade Association and offers high quality, affordable prints and sales will benefit indigenous communities.
This is the place to be for the one of the best shopping experience. The store offers a wide range of shoes, clothing and accessories for both sexes. Footage emphasises on heritage brands and features collections from local and international labels. You will find pieces from Doma Leather, New Balance, Alife, Vans and Converse. Like most premier shopping offerings in the area, Footage has a high quality control ensuring that clients get authentic fashion pieces. Being a small store, shoppers can always enjoy an intimate shopping experience.
If you plan on exploring Darlinghurst, pre-arranged transport will help you to get around easily. Take advantage of our bus hire service to make your vacation fun, relaxed and stress-free. Our rates are competitive and from our large fleet of well-maintained vehicles, you can always find something that suits you!