With lively bars, local theatre, sumptuous dining and architectural intrigue to boot, there is an undeniable attraction to Woolloomooloo. Discover the hidden gems that this neighbourhood has to offer.
Woolloomooloo was first developed in the late 18th century, soon after the First Fleet’s arrival in Botany Bay. Initially home to rich merchants and civic leaders who built austere manors and imposing gardens along the shoreline, Woolloomooloo became an industrial heartland and working-class district during the 19th century. Rapid gentrification has transformed the neighbourhood, though it retains its rustic charm. Uncover the diverse history of the suburb and its inhabitants with a rewarding walk through its streets and surrounding area.
Take a sunset stroll along the lovely Finger Wharf, admiring the historic sheds that have been repurposed into an upmarket hotel, restaurants and residential apartments. At over 400 metres (1,300 feet) in length, Finger Wharf is one of the largest of its kind in the world and a coveted residential area in Sydney. The wharf is a great place for a romantic or family dinner, where you can enjoy excellent views of Sydney Harbour and the surrounding landscape. You might even spot one of the suburb’s famous residents, such as actor Russell Crowe and performer Delta Goodrem.
Spend an afternoon in the Andrew “Boy” Charlton Pool, which sits on the western side of Woolloomooloo Bay, amid the glorious Royal Botanic Gardens. Have a relaxing sojourn in the gardens or do a few laps at this historic public swimming pool.
Located just a few kilometres east of Sydney’s central business district, Woolloomooloo is walking distance from Circular Quay, through the Royal Botanic Gardens. The suburb can be accessed easily via public transport; many buses service the area and it is a short walk from St. James and Kings Cross railway stations. With a range of accommodation options that offer breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Woolloomooloo is an excellent neighbourhood to stay in during a visit to the city.
Accommodation in Woolloomooloo
Booking a comfortable and welcoming hotel or apartment is a key component of any travel experience. Expedia lists some of the nicest places to stay in Woolloomooloo.
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo, at 6 Cowper Wharf Road, and the Waldorf Woolloomooloo Waters Serviced Apartments, at 88 Dowling Street, are both nice examples of premium Woolloomooloo accommodation options. The Sydney Boulevard Hotel, at 90 William Street, and the City Resort Hostel, at 103-105 Palmer Street are two more competitively priced listings that are worth investigating if you're looking to save a bit of cash.