To the east of the city centre the adjacent districts of Kings Cross and Potts Point comprise one of the city’s major entertainment districts and a popular spot for tourists (particularly backpackers). To the north you can descend a series of steps to Woolloomooloo with its busy naval dockyards and stylish Finger Wharf. South of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Paddington were once rather scruffy working-class suburbs, but were gradually taken over and revamped by the young, arty and upwardly mobile.

Oxford Street runs from the city southeast through Taylor Square, the heart of gay Sydney and on through the designer shopping and art gallery areas of Darlinghurst and Paddington to old-money Woolahra and the open grasslands of Centennial Park.

Oxford Street marks the northern boundary of rapidly gentrifying Surry Hills. While cutting-edge galleries and bars are still filling the area’s backstreets, others are looking south to go-ahead Waterloo and even edgier Redfern.