Fitzroy Gardens

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Fitzroy Gardens information

Sydney , Australia
cnr Macleay St & Darlinghurst Rd
Getting there
Train: Kings Cross
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It’s testimony to the ‘cleaning up’ of the Cross that this once-dodgy park is now a reasonably safe place to hang out (probably helped by the austere police station in the corner). It still feels seedy, though: malnourished seagulls compete for scraps with pigeons who look like Keith Richards, while groaning, bearded homeless guys compile cigarettes from discarded butts.

Known locally as the ‘elephant douche’, the dandelion-esque El Alamein Fountain , built in1961, sends waves of chlorinated spray across the open space. An organic food market sets up here on Saturday mornings, while on Sundays a little flea market takes its place.