Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Museum

Under ongoing modernisation, this museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, is brilliant. A standout is the section covering Aboriginal history and spirituality, from Dreaming stories t…
Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Sydney Jewish Museum

This recently revamped museum revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving objects as well as a memorial section for the 1.5 million chil…
Top Choice Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Brett Whiteley Studio

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. His hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire St) has been preserved as a gallery for some of his best work. Pride of p…
Historic Site in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

National Art School

Until 1912 these sandstone buildings were Darlinghurst Gaol: writer Henry Lawson was repeatedly incarcerated here for debt (he called the place ‘Starvinghurst’). If today’s art students think they’ve got it tough, t…
Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Design Centre

The non-profit Australian Design Centre has a gallery, Object, that presents innovative exhibitions of new craft and design from Australia and overseas. Furniture, fashion, textiles and glass are all on show, and th…
Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Centre for Photography

The nonprofit ACP exhibits photographic gems from renowned Sydney and international photographers. It’s particularly passionate about photomedia, video and digital-imaging works.
Park in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Green Park

Once the residence of Alexander Green, hangman of Darlinghurst Gaol, Green Park is a cheery space during the day, but as the many syringe-disposal bins attest, it’s best avoided nocturnally. At the top of the slope,…
Square in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Taylor Square

You know it’s been a rough night if you wake up in Taylor Sq – a vaguely defined paved area straddling the gay hub of Oxford St. The rainbow flag flies high overhead; the stern Greek Revival Darlinghurst Courthouse …
Church in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

St John’s Church

This lovely neo-Gothic sandstone church (1858) makes for a hushed escape from the urban jangle of Darlinghurst Rd. There's some fine stained glass; the bell in the entrance is from the Dunbar, which sank off Sydney …
Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Black Eye Gallery

This attractive rectangular space is run by a photographer and dedicated to contemporary camerawork. It's well worth a look; there have been some really striking exhibitions here.