Woolloomooloo

Home to traditions and trends, Woolloomooloo's star attraction, the Finger Wharf, hosts big name celebs on historic timber planks.

Woolloomooloo’s mix of harbor side restaurants and dockside relics generates a cacophonous buzz of celebrity sightings and creative strongholds. Bordering the CBD and tracing the line of the water, this once-industrial workman’s hub has transformed into a floating wharf of food, entertainment, and entrepreneurship. Sip wine before boarding a yacht or play it cool as you munch a famous meat pie—Woolloomooloo makes your stay worthwhile.

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On the Map

Woolloomooloo is bordered by Elizabeth Bay/Rushcutters Bay, Potts Point, Darlinghurst, and Central Business District

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

International Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Central Station: 15 minutes by cab
Opera House / Circular Quay: 20 minutes by bus
Bondi Beach: 20 minutes by cab

Dynamic Sydney: Celebrity Spots In Woolloomooloo

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Woolloomooloo blends two distinct styles into one revamped district in east inner Sydney.

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When one of the world's largest wooden structures, the Finger Wharf, transformed from a working industrial dockland to a contemporary harborside play space for celebrities and food connoisseurs, Woolloomooloo gained significant acclaim.

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Since the 1990s, its notoriety has never stopped soaring.

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Stylish lunches are served to stylish patrons at some of Sydney's most stylish restaurants.

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Waterfront apartments and floating yachts are homes to the rich and famous.

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The inner workings of the wharf are still on display.

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They recall visions of Woolloomooloo's working past.

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Indulge yourself in a meal at Woolloomooloo's internationally renowned restaurants, or for less money, but arguably just as tasty, have a pie at fantastic Harry's Cafe de Wheels (Sydney's most famous street pie-man)."

Dynamic Sydney: Local Haunts In Woolloomooloo

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Away from the movie stars and sea stars that embed themselves in the wharf, Woolloomooloo retains some of its blue-collar character.

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Its industrial heritage infuses the neighborhood with endearing edge.

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Woolloomooloo's streets share the same weathered style as fellow inner Sydney counterparts, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.

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Cycleways, green spaces, and recreation courts dot the neighborhood's residential landscape.

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Rows of terrace homes squeeze tightly together and public units serve Sydney's less fortunate.

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There's still some of Woolloomooloo hard at work.

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The Australian Navy’s Garden Island Naval Base occupies the main wharf's east side.

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Woolloomooloo peekaboo.

Off the Wharf: Casual Street Culture

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Woolloomooloo exudes Sydney's laid-back reputation.

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Casual fare is just as prevalent as first-class dining in Woolloomooloo.

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Cafe culture thrives here as it does in so much of the city.

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Play houses, art galleries, and apparel shops speckle the neighborhood.

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A Sydney Icon: Harry's Cafe de Wheels

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Join Russell Crowe, Richard Branson, and Frank Sinatra in Harry's Cafe de Wheels' ranks.

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The now-stationary food truck has been serving its legendary meat pies with mash and peas since 1945. It camps out on Cowper Wharf Road until the wee hours of the morning.

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Meat pies for sunrise.

Wool.Loo.Moo.Loo.

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Welcomes you.

Photography

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 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.

Carly Earl

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