Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay

Anchored artworks and sublime aquatic views—find humble affluence between the Bays.

Small speakeasies, swaying palms, and towering masts comprise the skyline in Elizabeth Bay and Rushcutters Bay, two inner-Sydney suburbs that grace the harbor's edge. Nearly urban but sporting every suburban amenity, Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay feel equal parts connected to the core of the city and removed from its big business endeavors. Instead of lunch hours or rush hours, Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay residents spend slow hours dockside, parkside, or yachtside.

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On the Map

Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay is bordered by Edgecliff, Woolloomooloo, Potts Point, Darling Point, Darlinghurst, and Paddington

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 15 minutes by train
Opera House / Circular Quay: 15 minutes by train
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by bus

High-Rises, Hip Bars, and Heritage Sites Near the CBD

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Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay border Sydney's harbor and live on the verge of the CBD.

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This inner-Sydney suburb's attitude lies somewhere between the coast's and the central business district's temperaments, too.

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By day, residents descend from its high-rises and populate its cafes, laundrettes, boutiques, and delis.

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As the afternoon wears on, Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay becomes increasingly tranquil.

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It's an easy area to feel at rest.

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New moms, working moms, and grandmoms comprise the face of the neighborhood.

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Its facades are clean and its streets serene.

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Historic homes and heritage sites settle into Elizabeth Bay.

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It feels worlds away from the CBD's big business despite being minutes by bus or train.

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The best part of living between the Bays?

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The view.

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The area is filled with trendy shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, and night-clubs. It is a stroll to the city and 15 min to Bondi Beach."

Drinking and Dining Along the Harbor

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Although cafes and restaurants aren't as prolific in Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay as they are in nearby Darlinghurst, the area appreciates its waterfront attributes.

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Dockside eateries and floating cafes look to the bay in Elizabeth Bay's marina.

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Rushcutters Bay Park is one of the nicest harbour side parks in the city to jog, stroll, or chill out in, and only a short walk to Kings Cross & Potts Point."

Active Lifestyles Along the Harbor

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Life lived along the water in Sydney promises plenty of activity immersed in sunshine.

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Rushcutters Bay Park provides ample green space in which to play.

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Joggers, dog walkers, and pull-up contest winners take advantage of its harbor front location.

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Botanic gems exercise their own beauty at the Arthur McElhone Reserve.

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The Spot to Moor Your Yacht

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Yacht clubs look across Elizabeth and Rushcutters Bay to the city beyond.

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The marina provides a superlative perch to anchor your yacht.

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Photography

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

Tobias Rowles is a Sydney based photographer working in both the art and commercial worlds. He specialises in people and lifestyle photography that celebrates the ‘everyday’ and shoots for a wide range of local and international advertising clients. Tobias also maintains a constant focus on personal projects, many of which have received considerable critical acclaim.

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