Dictionary of Sydney

The Dictionary of Sydney was archived in 2021.

Darlinghurst Road

Once lined by exclusive mansions from the 1830s, the road has seen a transformation from the Bohemian atmosphere of the 1930s and 40s where the cafes and nightclubs attracted writers and artists, to the seedier side of bars and strip clubs which proliferated during wartime to entertain servicemen from nearby Garden Island. Today it is a red light district, tourist mecca and home to the desperate and the affluent.

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