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Woolloomooloo

What the largest wooden building in the world, the 25200 square metre “Cathedral of Commerce” Finger Wharf Building, could not do for the eastern Sydney inner-city suburb of Woolloomooloo, Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe and his $14 million dollar penthouse could: transform it into one of the most famous and desirable addresses in Australia.

Woolloomooloo began its existence in the 1840s when the farmland around small and heavily wooded Garden Island off Sydney’s Harbour’s eastern shore was subdivided. Wealthy Sydneysiders built some very impressive garden estates on it, taking advantage of the site’s proximity to both Sydney and the Government House complex.

But Wooloomooloo fell on hard times as Sydney continued to expand eastward, into and beyond Elisabeth Bay, and by the 1900s was in need of a reason to exist. It got a very big one when the Finger Wharf opened for business in 1915, and for seven decades kept busy exporting the wool from Australia’s millions of sheep.

Woolloomooloo, thanks to the presence of the wharf, soon became home to hundreds of dockworking families and remained one of Sydney’s rougher low-income working-class neighborhoods, but as the gentrification of Sydney’s inner city areas spread, the value of Finger Wharf as a potential residential property soared.

Today Woolloomooloo has been transformed with an apartment building--and Russell Crowe’s penthouse--on its northern end, and a promenade along its western edge leading to exclusive restaurants and shops, with the boutique Blue hotel at its southern end.

For those who find the exclusive restaurants a bit too pricey, there’s the Woolloomollo landmark Harry’s Café de Wheels, a once moveable food van now permanently ensconced opposite the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel and serving basic fare, like pies and mashed peas. It has given sustenance to such visitors as Frank Sinatra, Colonel Sanders, and Marlene Dietrich.

Visitors to Sydney who wan to get a taste of the new Woolloomooloo can do it from the inside, by staying at the Blue on Finger Wharf. The Blue has been designed to create intimate spaces from the vast dimension of the Wharf Building, and its floor-to-ceiling windows offer unparalleled views of Sydney Harbour!

Hotels in Kings Cross, Double Bay, Woolloomooloo

24 hotels in Kings Cross, Double Bay, Woolloomooloo

1 Springfield Lodge

3 stars
4.0 / 5 23 reviews

9 Springfield Avenue, Potts Point Map

Springfield lodge is a beautiful 1930's boutique accommodation house located in the leafy suburb of Potts Point, just a kilometre from Sydney's CBD. Well known tourist spots such as Elizabeth Bay... More

2 The Bayswater Sydney

4 stars
3.5 / 5 18 reviews

17 Bayswater Road Kings Cross Map

Whether in vibrant Sydney for a business trip or a much-awaited break, discerning travellers find an ideal base in the well-equipped and centrally located spaces of The Bayswater Sydney Hotel. A... More

3 BLUE Sydney

5 stars
4.5 / 5 33 reviews

The Wharf at Woolloomooloo Map

Blending heritage architecture with modern facilities, Blue Sydney A Taj Hotel offers a unique vacation for holidaymakers. During leisure, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Sydney CBD, the... More

4 Annam Serviced Apartments

4 stars
4.6 / 5 14 reviews

21 Ward Avenue Map

Annam Apartments Potts Point is well designed to provide a modern living space for travellers on business or leisure. Just a short walk from the property is Australian Museum, one of the best six... More

5 Ibis Budget Sydney East

2 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

191 - 201 William Street Map

Offering affordable accommodations and convenient services situated a few kilometres away from must-see city attractions, Ibis Budget Sydney East makes for a suitable base for travellers in Sydney.... More

6 InterContinental SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

33 Cross Street,Double Bay Map

With luxurious spaces in the seaside area of Double Bay, InterContinental SYDNEY DOUBLE BAY makes for a suitable base for travellers in this vibrant city in Australia. Apart from visiting... More

7 Medina Serviced Apartments Double Bay

4 stars
3.3 / 5 4 reviews

34-36 Ocean Avenue Map

Medina Serviced Apartments Double Bay offers comfortable accommodation with quality services. This property's ideal location allows guests to enjoy shopping at boutique stores, dine at exclusive... More

8 Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Sydney

4 stars
4.1 / 5 110 reviews

100 Bayswater Road Map

Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Sydney offers quality accommodation and a park side location of Rushcutters Bay for its guests. The hotel with its friendly welcome and excellent service comes highly... More

9 Devere Hotel Sydney

3 stars
4.3 / 5 111 reviews

44-46 Macleay Street Map

Devere Hotel Sydney is a value-for-money retreat ideal for corporate and leisure travellers looking to explore this trendy coastal suburb in the New South Wales state capital. This Sydney hotel... More

10 Albert & Victoria Court Sydney

4 stars
4.8 / 5 4 reviews

122 Victoria Street Map

Albert & Victoria Court Sydney is located on a tree-lined street in the heart of Sydney's gastronomic area, Potts Point. Guests can admire St Mary's Cathedral, one of the largest churches in... More