February 10, 2012
If you’re heading to Sydney during the month of March, you’ll want to make Darlinghurst your destination. Oxford Street will be celebrating nearly non-stop during the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival with parades, street performers and nightclubs all contributing to the action.
Plan to get around the suburb by bus as Darlinghurst doesn’t have its own train station. The bus routes will let you get where you’re going quickly, so this is a great budget transport solution.
Going Clubbing at Darlinghurst
From live music by local artists in small venues to the thumping house music of a dance club, there is no shortage of music entertainment in Darlinghurst. Oxford Street is the primary hotspot of entertainment in this Sydney suburb, and the party is ongoing. Check out the Palms Nightclub, Club 77 or Diva’s Cabaret Club for some of the more popular spots.
If you’re into more of a laid-back scene, you may feel more at home at the Gaff or at the Gaslight Inn. There are also plenty of eateries in this section of town; flavors from around the world are found in the local restaurants. You’ll be able to choose from Thai Me Up to Le Petit Creme, and so many different options in between.
Trying to save your wallet and your waistline? Check out Grill’d for super low-fat entrees and sides or the Bean Temple for standard Australian fare. You can also grab a coffee and a roll at Detour Espresso Bar if you’re not looking for a full meal.
Art and Culture at Darlinghurst
Get your fill of art and history in Darlinghurst by visiting one or more of the local museums. The Australian Museum on College Street offers guided Aboriginal tours and natural science exhibits, while the Sydney Jewish Museum displays numerous religious artifacts from Jewish history and culture.
You can also drop by the historic Darlinghurst Gaol, a former prison from the 19th century. While the National Art School has appropriated the grounds for their use, a guided tour here is great for an interesting afternoon excursion. Likewise, the old Darlinghurst Courthouse on Taylor Square is a beautiful piece of architecture. Round out your sightseeing day trip with a stroll past the Horizon, a residential high-rise on Forbes Street.
Daytime walks down both Oxford Street and Victoria Street will take you past tons of shops ranging from pricey to affordable, most of which encourage browsers. Make sure you don’t miss the Blue Spinach for gently used designer clothing and handbags, as the savings over a similar new piece can be extreme in this store.
Lodging at Darlinghurst
You can choose from several different types of accommodations in Darlinghurst, and finding a shared apartment is a breeze with just a little forethought and planning. Check Furnished Property for a list of available places and let them help you find a great place to stay that’s within your preferred area and price range. Many apartments have private baths included in the rooms, as well as an on-site manager for any needs you may have while you’re there.