McElhone Stairs

Stairway of 113 steps, known colloquially as the 'Stairs of Doom' or 'Stairs of Death', which connects the socially and financially diverse suburbs of Potts Point and Woolloomooloo. They were originally called Challis Stairs.

Milestone
Constructed
1870
Name
Commemorates
Alternate
Challis Street Stairs
1904 - 1918
Type

McElhone Stairs

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2018

McElhone Stairs in Woollomooloo is one of three stairways that connect Brougham Street to Victoria Street the others being Hordern Stairs and Butler Stairs). The wide variety of experiences encountered on the stairs, from the arduous nature of the climb,  the vibrant and colourful users, the sexual encounters and the physical dangers have given them a special place in Sydney's artistic history.