Things to do in Kings Cross

Kings Cross Sydney Australia

Once thought of as the sordid and shady quarter of Sydney, Kings Cross is rapidly evolving into one of the most vibrant pockets of the city. Although Kings Cross is mostly known for being Sydney’s red light district, with the arrival of a number of stylish and trendy establishments, from cafes to quirky bookshops, Kings Cross has quickly become a hotspot for people from all walks of life. While you may need to be on your guard, this is a place that is definitely worth a visit. Known locally as ‘The Cross’ it houses a range of great clubs, bars and restaurants.

Eating Around Kings Cross

For a great Mexican meal, served up with a side of tequila, head to Barrio Chino on Bayswater Road. With a late night menu offering delights such as Tex Mex nachos and a variety of tacos, they have a variety of dishes for you at any time of the day.

For something a little more refined visit Gastro Park on Roslyn Street. Described as ‘the playground of good food’ they focus on delivering quality, freshness and innovation. It has a great location in a spectacular building with great views.

Otherwise take a walk down Macleay Street, where you’ll find a number of cafes and restaurants dotted around which suit all budgets.

Bars & Pubs In Kings Cross

On Bayswater Road you’ll come across The World Bar. This popular Sydney hang-out is housed within a four storey converted Victorian terrace and offers various rooms, booths, stairwells and hidden areas which you can explore. Famous for their extravagant décor and Teapot Cocktails, as soon as you step inside you will understand what all the fuss is about.

If you are desperately seeking a pub where you can sit back, watch a game and drink a beer then Crest Sports Bar is the place for you. Situated on Darlinghurst Road, they have a 100 inch monster of a plasma screen as well as an assortment of amusement machines and pool tables.

With several floors, each filled with fantastic bars in their own right, Kings Cross Hotel has everything you could need for a night out. From the rooftop bar’s $10 cocktails between 5pm and 7pm Thursday through to Sunday, to the basement bar with a jukebox that time forgot, you’ll run out of time trying to figure out all the fun that this place provides.

The Goldfish Bar in Kings Cross, is a relatively small bar; all dark and swanky with lots of black, candles, comfy chairs and gold. The smoking/outside area is shielded from the busy street by an intriguingly brilliant gold spider’s web cage structure. The bar staff dress smartly in co-ordinating 1930s Chicago-style black get-up and are ever-ready ready to mix up an array of cocktails. Even the house wine is appetising enough to be drunk like, er, a fish.

Living Around Kings Cross

Kings Cross Backpackers offers a bed in a mixed dorm from $30. With free airport pickup, free breakfast, free wifi, lots of entertainment and plenty of communal areas including a spacious rooftop this hostel has everything you need for a budget stay in Kings Cross.

You can also find backpacker accommodation at Funk House Hostel. With dorm rooms from $24 a night and private doubles from $71 this is a great budget option. Located on Darlinghurst Road in Potts Point, it is also in a great position for making the most of a stay in Sydney.

For luxury accommodation in Kings Cross The Macleay Apartments are ideally located in Potts Point and showcase stunning views of Sydney Harbour and The Opera House. The stylish, self-contained apartments also include use of an outdoor swimming pool, gym and BBQ area. Prices range from $190 to $650 per room per night and can sleep up to six people.

If you’re looking to stay in Kings Cross long term, a one bedroom flat on Darlinghurst Road will cost around $360 per week. This is an ideal location, putting you in the heart of Kings Cross with only a very short walk to Kings Cross Station.

In Elizabeth Bay you can rent a two bedroom apartment for $460 a week. This is a great option if you’re looking to share with friends. With the CBD within walking distance, this is a lovely and quaint area surrounding Kings Cross.

A two bedroom flat in Potts Point will cost a little more than Elizabeth Bay at $650 per week. With a much more central location, you’ll be a lot closer to the fantastic cafes, restaurants, bars and transport services.

How To Get To Kings Cross

Kings Cross is very accessible due to its excellent transport links. Kings Cross Station is on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line, with connections to Bondi Junction, Hurstville, Mortdale, Sutherland, Cronulla, Waterfall, Thirroul and Port Kembla. It also has great connections to Sydney Airport. If you want to travel from Sydney Circular Quay to Kings Cross jump on the 323 bus via Elizabeth Street, or you can walk. As Kings Cross has a central location it is within walking distance of many areas of Sydney.