Darlinghurst is happening at all hours, every day, each month, year after year.

Replacing its bordellos and brothels with pour-over coffee houses and community parades, Darlinghurst has always championed bold audacity and bright expression. At the center of Sydney's LGBTQ community, rainbow flags fly over Oxford Street's galleries, cafes, and boutiques, and color the crosswalks at its busy intersections. Darlinghurst's energy appeals to crowds looking to sip or drink, sit or dance, shop or wander, whisper or yell—realistically speaking, that's nearly everyone.

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On the Map

Darlinghurst is bordered by Paddington, Central Business District, Darling Point, Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay, Woolloomooloo, Haymarket, Potts Point, Edgecliff, and Surry Hills

International Airport: 17 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 13 minutes by bus
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 25 minutes by bus

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Day and Night: Sydney's 24-Hour Neighborhood

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Snuggled into the slightly southeast crook of Sydney, Darlinghurst doesn't mind making a racket.

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The colorful heart of the city's LGBTQ scene and home to Sydney's annual Mardi Gras festival, this loud and proud neighborhood celebrates its shabbiness and its chicness.

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Its cozy apartments and bright terraces transformed from brothels to boutiques in the last few decades.

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The neighborhood is now home to stylish professionals and visitors looking to lose sleep.

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Whether shopping, sitting, dining, or dancing, there's always something to do in Darlinghurst.

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Its playful atmosphere earns it friendly sobriquets.

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Locals often opt to call it "Darlo."

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Always Brewing: Darlinghurst's Cafe Scene

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Cafe culture thrives in Darlinghurst.

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From the corners of its quiet residential streets to the sidewalks of its signature promenades, coffee tables fill day to evening.

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The neighborhood claims to pour Sydney's best cup.

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We're not sure what Sydney's other suburbs have to say about that.

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In Darlinghurst, cafe culture extends far beyond residents' morning rituals.

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Many shops stay open through the evenings and buzz into Darlinghurst's late nights.

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When the coffee stops brewing, the neighborhood's brew pubs open.

Color and Light: Into the Night In Darlinghurst

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Darlinghurst is the definition of loads and heaps.

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Loads of people venture to its countless restaurants, bars, clubs, and pubs to have heaps of fun.

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Sydneysiders from every suburb make the trek to Darlinghurst to experience its all-night energy and undivided revelry.

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Trendy cocktail lounges are as prevalent as raging dance clubs and super chill brew pubs.

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Whether you're just starting your night or settling in for a session, Darlinghurst is happy to host.

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Neon lights illuminate the way.

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The Day After In Darlinghurst

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Darlinghurst's effervescence attracts Sydneysiders to its terrace homes and contemporary apartment complexes.

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Its residential streetscapes mix old structures with renovated buildings from the 1980s.

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The combination contributes to the neighborhood's intrigue.

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The Look: Seen en Scene

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Photographic feast: A view of Darlinghurst through portrai(tour).

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These are the faces that create the neighborhood.

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En scene.

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Hey, darlin'.


Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Carly Earl

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Carly Earl grew up in the bush before moving to Sydney to pursue photography. She is a photojournalist for News Ltd, shooting features and front covers for publications, but still finds time for a range of freelance projects. Carly has developed a natural style to her imagery that captures the essence of the subject in a unique way. She loved discovering a new side of Sydney while exploring her suburbs for Airbnb.