Darlinghurst Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local Darlinghurst Area
Recognised for its annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Darlinghurst is the suburb that buzzes with cafes, restaurants, events, live music and gay bars offering late night entertainment. Sydney's favourite area to visit for a night out is also full of quirky yet lazy breakfast spots perfect to hang about and see what's on during the day. Situated between Oxford and William Streets, its central location makes Darlinghurst the upmarket, cosmopolitan inner suburb it is today.
The Italian eateries on Stanley Street had the precinct dubbed 'Little Italy' and although the street is now scattered with Asian restaurants, it continues to be a memoir of the suburb's immigration heritage. Don't play it safe at Gelato Messina situated along the popular cafe strip, Victoria Street. Priding themselves on using raw and fresh ingredients, prepare for a gelato coma. The sweet smell of stewed spiced rhubarb and the marvellous selection of flavours (from apple pie, salted caramel, peanut butter to cheesecake) ensure that happiness is just around the corner at this ice cream parlour house. A Darlinghurst institution and the birthplace of Australia's most prestigious short film festival (Tropfest), Tropicana Caffe is a national icon. Opened in 1980, fresh food, Italian delicacies and great coffee is what 'the Trop' is known for. You can sit, sip and lunch on fresh and filling Italian salads or indulge in their all day breakfast menu. If you want a quick preview of the lively nightlife of Darlinghurst then Oxford Art Factory is your mecca. However, unless you like the likelihood of being welcomed by a male stripper upon entering the venue, keep up to date with Art Factory's future events and gigs.
The City East is scattered with character and culture through its many historical sites and locations. The oldest museum in Australia, The Australian Museum on College Street is renowned for the fields of natural history and indigenous studies. Take a peek at the large sandstone penal complex in the middle of Darlinghurst on Forbes Street that housed some of the state's most notorious criminals. Now used as a National Art School, old Darlinghurst Gaol still bears convict markings on its walls and is one of the suburb's key attractions. On the corner of Burton Street and Darlinghurst Road lays the Sydney Jewish Museum. Meet and interact with Holocaust survivors, listen to their powerful stories and trace the history and life of the early Jewish settlers who came to Australia to begin a new life.
This fabulous inner city suburb is one of Sydney's places to go that you will never want to leave - whether it'd be the nightlife, cafe culture, activities, entertainment or history, you will soon fall in love with what's on in this vibrant area of Sydney.