Suburb Profiles

Potts Point

Introduction

A small suburb (with one of the highest population densities in the country) of inner-city, Potts Point is three kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, sitting on a ridge immediately east of Woolloomooloo, west of Elizabeth Bay and Rushcutters Bay and north of Darlinghurst Potts Point is named for Joseph Hyde Potts who, in 1822 purchased six-and-a-half acres of harbourside land in an area then known as Woolloomooloo Hill. Much of what is known as Potts Point today originally constituted part of a land grant to Alexander Macleay, the NSW Colonial Secretary from 1826 to 1837 and for whom Macleay Street is named. Later a number of grand Georgian mansions were built along the high point of the suburb's ridge line. Several of these survive today including 'Rockwall House' and 'Tusculum', which is now headquarters for the NSW chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects.

Things to See & Do

Exuding a certain stately grace, Potts Point is accessible to many things - the city, Harbour, Harbour Bridge, Botanical Gardens, bars, nightclubs and cafes. The suburb boasts impressive Victorian terrace homes, Art Deco apartment blocks and modern high rises. Potts Point has the highest concentration of Art Deco architecture in Australia. Amongst the most notable examples are the Cahors and Franconia apartment buildings in Macleay Street, with two of the finest Streamline Moderne buildings in Australia: the Minerva (or Metro) Theatre and the Minerva Building in Orwell Street. Another famous architectural landmark is Elizabeth Bay House. Built in the 1830s on the shore of Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House is a grand house that today is open to the public.

Shopping

Today Potts Point is considered one of the ‘classier’ suburbs of inner Sydney, with a myriad of shops, restaurants and cafes. Its historic buildings are home to a diverse range of businesses including five-star and boutique accommodation, some of Sydney's trendiest restaurants and nightclubs and a bohemian mix of cafes and bookstores.

Dining & Entertainment

Macleay Street offers an abundance of cosmopolitan cafes and quality food stores. It meets the neon-lit strip of Darlinghurst Road at Fitzroy Gardens; a former no-go area that now hosts a farmers' market. In the surrounding streets, stylish restaurants and residences enjoy incredible views of the city and harbour. Macleay Street is lined with major hotels and restaurants and trendy cafes. Try the Osteria Moana, Bar Coluzzi or, for fine dining the legendary Mezzaluna. As night falls, many of Sydney's hip young things are drawn to Victoria Street for some of the trendiest nightspots in town. Widely known for its impressive canopy of plane trees, Victoria Street has emerged as a significant dining and entertainment destination for discerning restaurant and nightclub enthusiasts from Sydney and beyond. Bayswater Road is the venue for fine dining and sophisticated bars, from the chic to the new cool with cabaret, jazz, and hip dance clubs. Start your evening as the sun goes down, linger or be entertained until sunrise.

Keeping Fit

Keep fit at close by Rushcutters Bay Park and Cricket Oval, The Phillip Cook pool in the city, and White City Tennis Club. If you enjoy sailing, head to the Cruising Yacht Club and city Gym just down the road.

Educational Institutions

These include St Vincent’s and Darlinghurst Primary School, Nearby are Sydney Girls & Boys High, Ascham, Kambala, The Convent, St Vincent’s, S.C.E.G.S, Cranbrook, Scots College, Waverley College, and Grammar.