Kings Cross


In the nineteenth century one of Sydney's most prestigious suburbs, it became home to a vibrant bohemian community and later Sydney's red light district. Named for the intersection of Darlinghurst Road, William and Victoria Streets and once called Queens Cross, the area is now a neon lit mecca for tourists and Sydneysiders.

Kings Cross and Potts Point 2004
Queens Cross

Kings Cross

by Mark Dunn, 2011

Kings Cross exists in Sydney's imagination as much as it does in any physical form, and pinning down its geographical boundaries is difficult. It has loomed large in Sydney's culture since the first houses were built nearby in the 1830s, and continues to attract tourists and Sydneysiders alike.
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Cat Lady, Kings Cross 1970-71
Drinks party, Kings Cross 1970-71
Island Bar, Kings Cross 1970-71
Lucky Envelopes, Kings Cross 1970-71
Moving in, Kings Cross 1970-71
No Standing Only Dancing 1974
Property of Hells Angel #2 Kings Cross 1970-71
Spruiker Again #2, Kings Cross 1975
Tattooist, Kings Cross 1975
Waiting to cross, Sydney 1973
William Street 1961
Darlinghurst Road at night 1990
Carlotta, Kings Cross 1970-71
Italian waiters and staff, Mamma Maria Bar 1971
Peak hour, Kings Cross c1961
Eastern Suburbs Railway line viaduct construction
The Gazebo Hotel, Kings Cross
The Metro, Kings Cross
Metro, Kings Cross
William Street looking towards Kings Cross 1965
Ted Noffs with group of people at Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross, 1966
Ted Noffs preaching to congregation at Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross 1966
Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross 1966
Reverend Ted Noffs outside Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross 1966
Jesus Adam (right), a counsellor at Wayside Chapel, Kings Cross 1976
Pedestrian crossing Darlinghurst Road outside the Tabou nightclub at night, Kings Cross 1961
Two women in Australian fashion outside Minerva French Perfumery, Kings Cross July 1941
Fruit stall in Springfield Avenue 26 May 1933
Part of a cadastral map of Sydney by Woolloomooloo Bay, showing Victoria and McLeay Streets c1841
Plan shewing the situation of the allotments for sale at Darlinghurst Elizabeth Bay: the property of Alexr Mcleay Esqre 1840s
The Pink Panther Nightclub, 39-41 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross 5 July 1968
Darlinghurst Road, top of William Street, Kings Cross 1871
Wolomoloo (Springfield House) 1832
View north from Craigend looking over Woolloomooloo and Port Jackson 1845
The Dorchester nightclub in Potts Point 1959
William Street, Kings Cross at night 1970
Woolloomooloo, Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay 1832
Minerva Theatre opening night, Potts Point 18 May 1939
Minerva Theatre 1939-1945
Birdseye view of Minerva Theatre 1939-1945
Thelma Crawley on delivering Meals on Wheels to Rosaleen Norton, the 'Witch of Kings Cross' 2007