Suburb Profiles

Double Bay

Introduction

Only 4.5km from the CBD, Double Bay offers an excellent transport network with frequent buses along New South Head Road to the city. Catch a train from nearby Edgecliff Station or board a 5-minute ferry ride to Circular Quay. The original name of Double Bay was “Keltie Bay” after the master of the First Fleet vessel HMS Sirius. Governor Macquarie originally bought 20 acres in the area for development as a Botanic Garden, however, the plan was never realised. Double Bay is a name synonymous with style and glamour, from its elegant streets to its fashionable shops and their clientele. Most of Double Bay’s classy apartments and bungalows were constructed during the 1920s and 30’s. With the migration of many Europeans who blended their different cultures into one large melting pot, the area offers an eclectic and fascinating mix of architecture and design. Double Bay’s reputation as Sydney’s well-heeled “place to see and be seen” was firmly established during the heady years of the 1960s.

Shopping

With its European influences on fashion and food, Double Bay offers a myriad of exclusive designer boutiques and high fashion labels. Here indeed you’ll find the style capital of Sydney. For antique hunters and art enthusiasts, this is paradise with many antique bookstores, antique shops and art galleries lining the elegant streets. Quality and style is keynote in any establishment you’ll visit.

Dining & Entertainment

With so many trendy cafes, restaurants and provedores, this area is a gourmet’s delight. You could be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere in France with the range of sumptuous, exclusive produce on offer at a plethora of provedores. For casual yet elegant dining for breakfast or late suppers head for the Knox. If you’re after more traditional fine dining don’t miss the stylish menus at the Ritz Carlton or Georges.

Keeping Fit

If you’re feeling sporty, take a run around the beautiful Double Bay Park or nearby Darling Point or head to Cooper Park for a game of tennis, cricket or football. If you fancy a swim try a lap or two at Redleaf Pool. With two well-equipped gyms, the Double Bay Sailing Club, and the CYC close by there are no shortage of activities to keep you feeling fit.

Educational Institutions

In the heart of Double Bay is Double Bay Public School while close by are the exclusive educational institutions of Cranbrook, Scots College, Kincoppal, Ascham, S.C.E.G.G.S, St Vincent’s, Sydney Boys and Girls High, Waverley College and Sydney Grammar.