We take a visit to two of Sydney’s most notorious and colourful districts. We begin with a look down Darlinghurst Road from the iconic Coca Cola sign at the end of William Street. We then move on to nearby Oxford Street and explore the street from Taylor Square to Liverpool Street.

King’s Cross has for a long time had a reputation as the drugs and red light capital of Australia. Many Australians who have visited Sydney at one time or another have wandered through the Cross.

In recent years, Kings Cross has started to evolve slowly into a richly vibrant part of the city. The strip clubs, topless waitresses, adult bookshops and tacky nightclubs are still there, but small, trendy cafes have sprung up on the fringes of the Cross that are attracting a different type of visitor. The Cross is most sleazy at night, when the bright lights come on and the action hots up. During the day it can look a lot less threatening.

Oxford Street is widely-recognised as Sydney’s main gay district and is closed to traffic once a year in early March for the world famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The section to the east of Taylor Square, running through the suburb of Paddington forms an upmarket shopping strip, noted for fashion, gifts and homewares, and represents the home of the new medical faculty of the University of Notre Dame Australia as well as the University of New South Wales’ College of Fine Arts, Victoria Barracks, Paddington Bazaar and St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney amongst other locations.


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