Kings Cross, Sydney

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    El Alamein Fountain

    by cjg1 Updated Jul 23, 2010

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    The El Alamein Memorial Fountain is in the Kings Cross section of Sydney. The fountain was commissioned as a memorial to soldiers who died in 1942 during the Second World War in two battles at El Alamein, Egypt. Bob Woodward the famous Australian architect designed the fountain. The fountain looks like a large thistle with water spray forming a large dome over the structure. My wife says it looks like a dandelion puff made out of water.

    The best time to view the fountain is right before the sun goes down. The almost darkness makes the water of the fountain really pop. In the evening the fountain is illuminated but rather difficult to photograph well.

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    Visit the "Cross!"

    by lindyz Updated Dec 7, 2009

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    Kings Cross in inner Sydney is a hive of activity, probably more so at night than during the day!! During the day it is a pleasant area to stroll through, abundant with interesting characters and plenty places to eat. During the night ... well ... Im sure I dont have to tell you that this place literally comes alive at night time. It is "Strip Club Central" and probably not too wise to wander in this area by yourself at night, probably not during the day either!!! You must be very wary and careful while visiting Kings Cross, especially at night where muggings are common, but also during the day.

    Kings Cross is in Darlinghurst Road, only a very short drive or train ride from central Sydney.

    The fountain and me Me trying to jump off the fountain! And ... me trying to jump again! A typical strip club! Kings Cross Fountain along with bird life!

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    An Interesting Part of Sydney

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 27, 2009

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    We were told that Kings Cross was the seedy part of Sydney and to be careful. I didn't think it was that bad. Yes there are some undesirables at night and some rowdy people outside of pubs but nothing I hadn't seen in New York. It seemed tame to me even with the strip clubs and sex shops.

    Kings Cross has a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and interesting characters. The main focus of the "Cross" is the large Cocoa Cola sign which is a good landmark when meeting up with people.

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    The heart of nightlife

    by muratkorman Written May 24, 2009

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    Kings Cross is Sydney's most vibrant spot especially during the night. However, it is also very lively during the day. Many cafes, restaurants and bars are located here to choose from. Backpackers stay around this area as cheap accomodation is available. The famous Coca-Cola sign is just around the corner. Evening hours are best for people watching.

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    Kings Cross.

    by Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    Kings Cross

    Once the bohemian center of Sydney, it is now a mixture of prostitution, drug dealing, police corruption, trendy restaurants and nightclubs. Kings Cross remains today as the suburb that never sleeps. With all its sleaziness it still holds many fine restaurants and excellent nightclubs for all ages.

    Situated 1.5km east of the city, it is easily reached by public transport, buses and trains run regularly from the city and Circular Quay. Although it's a crime related area mostly it is safe to visit at night. It is now home to the new dance club scene with over forty small sophisticated bars offering seductive cocktails and upbeat music.

    Basic rules apply to this suburb as in any red-light district of the world. Don't walk down lonely dark alleys or lanes alone, ignore those whom pester and persist, watch your drink at all times as spiking can occur in this area.

    The "Cross" which is locally known refers to the major intersection formed by William Street and Darlinghurst Street which also displays Sydney's famous icon the flashing Coke- a Cola neon sign. You will also find a large supply of backpacker hostels and budget accommodation mostly in this area. It attracts a fascinating diversity of people from budget travelers, colourful characters, tourists, bohemians, businessmen, artists, writers, sailors, and trendy locals. Kings Cross is a fun place if you ignore the sleazy underworld and really is a must do to see, even if its for a quick nightcap at one of Sydney's best nightclubs.

    Trains: www.cityrail.info or call 131500 Buses: www.sydneybuses.info

    Nightclubs

    le panic - 20 Bayswater Road The Bourbon - 24 Darlinghurst Road Peppermint lounge - 281 Victoria Road

    Soho Bar - 171 Victoria Street Iguana Bar - 15 Kellet Street Jimmy Links - 188 Victoria Road

    Moulin Rouge Downunder - 39 Darlinghurst Road Lotus - 22 Challis Ave Hugo's Lounge - 33 Bayswater Road

    Baron's Bar - 5 Roslyn Street Tonic - 62-64 Kellet Street.

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    Kings Cross

    by bijo69 Written Apr 9, 2006

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    King's Cross is Sydney's redlight district with a couple of strip joints lining up on Darlinghurst Road. Apart from that it's also a good place to stay with lots of backpackers (especially on Victoria Street) and nice restaurants.
    Some people say it's quite dangerous and indeed you see some shady figures around, but I stayed there every time i visited Sydney and never had any problems.

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    Kings Cross

    by RedEaredPanda Updated Sep 8, 2005

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    King's Cross has for a long time been known to most Australians as the drugs and red light capital of Australia.
    The strip clubs, topless waitresses, adult bookshops and tacky nightclubs are still there, but small, trendy cafes have sprung up on the fringes of the Cross that are attracting a different type of visitor. The Cross is most sleazy at night, when the bright lights come on and the action hots up. During the day it can look a lot lessYou will see some pretty strange sights around the Cross, an area frequented by people from all walks of life, and although generally it is OK to look, don't stare or make snide remarks as this could land you in trouble.

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    Be Careful !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated May 26, 2004

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    The red light district in Sydney is a very seedy and somewhat shady area at all times of the day !!! A Hyatt hotel at the very entrance makes it's somewhat misleading !!!! Stay away from the alley's and stick to the main drag and you should be OK......avoid the various characters trying to sell you all types of drugs, don't make eye contact and just ignore them !!!!

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    Kings Cross

    by AcornMan Written Apr 24, 2004

    I'm sure there are plenty of cultured, high society aspects to Sydney, but as a group of young tourists half a world away from our parents we naturally matriculated to Kings Cross, the Bourbon Street of Australia. There you can find all kinds of craziness and debauchery.

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    Kings Cross

    by ASTIEL Written Mar 25, 2004

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    King's Cross has for a long time been known to most Australians as the drugs and red light capital of Australia. Most Australians who have visited Sydney at one time or another have wandered through the Cross, if only for a look at how the "other half" live and play. In recent years, however, this sleezy pocket of Sydney has started to evolve, albeit ever so slowly, into a richly vibrant part of the city. The strip clubs, topless waitresses, adult bookshops and tacky nightclubs are still there, but small, trendy cafes have sprung up on the fringes of the Cross that are attracting a different type of visitor. The Cross is most sleazy at night, when the bright lights come on and the action hots up. During the day it can look a lot less threatening.

    You will see some pretty strange sights around the Cross, an area frequented by people from all walks of life, and although generally it is OK to look, don't stare or make snide remarks as this could land you in trouble.

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  • The Cross

    by grkboiler Written Jan 25, 2004

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    Kings Cross, also simply called "The Cross", is the strangest mix of people and places I have ever seen. There is everything from drugs, prostitution, and crime to high-class restaurants and hotels. It is a rough area but there are still plenty of tourists and suburbanites here for a night out. Many sailors docked at nearby Woolloomooloo Bay also like to spend time here.

    It is worth a visit to The Cross to see complete opposite things mixing in one area. If you really want to see The Cross in action, take a drive through at night.

    You have to see the large Coca-Cola sign. When my friend drove me through here one night, she told me it is one of the landmarks that symbolize Kings Cross. Also, some of the restaurants and cafes here are the best in Sydney.

    If you do come here at night, do not come alone, don't stare, and keep your mouth shut - save your comments about people you see for later. People do get mugged and beat up here.

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    King Cross

    by mypriority Written Dec 29, 2003

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    King Cross, not far from Australian Museum, is where underground actions begin before sunset.

    My friend told me to get inside and see dancing girls, which I firstly thought it's not a bad idea. But, when I saw big-ladies in mini-skirt inviting people to get into the bar, I had to change my mind. I'd surely get swamped if I get in.

    So, that's why I have only this boring picture on the street. Sorry for not being insightful.

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    Kings Cross

    by Mez77 Written Sep 15, 2003

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    King's Cross is a red light district and has all the well known sites that you find in these types of areas. Because of the tourism industry however it has started attracting a different crowd and now has some trendy cafes.

    The Cross is most sleazy at night, when the bright lights come on and the action hots up. During the day it can look a lot less threatening.

    Visitors to the area should be careful, especially at night, as people do get mugged here. Don't stare, no matter how strange the sight, as it might get you into trouble. Also, be careful whilst taking photos, you should ask first.

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    Get naughty at the Cross

    by Ramonq Updated Sep 13, 2003

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    Kings Cross or the Cross, for most part of the last century, and it still is, has been synonymous with nocturnal activities. It's got a bohemian atmosphere where the arty meets the sleazy. Bounded by the ultra-trendy Paddington to the east; gay Darlinghurst to the south; nautical Wooloomooloo to the north, and the gritty fringe of Sydney to the west, the Cross has become a meeting spot for drunken city workers, drug dealers, transvestite street walkers, cafe-latte sippers, and lonely sailors.

    Not surprisingly, you'll see sex shops, strip joints and safe-injection rooms; but the trendsetters are gradually gentrifying the area with their cozy restaurants and botique stores.

    If you're a student of sociology, then the Cross is for you.

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    Kings Cross

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 5, 2003

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    Kings Cross which was once called ‘Queen’s Cross’ in it’s origins, is made up of tree lined avenues, elegant terrace houses with Victorian iron lace and parks. and by harbourside parkland skirting the foreshores of Sydney Harbour.

    There is quite a history to the Cross and the best way to discover its. secrets is to walk the streets. There are walking tours you can take and have all the explained to you. With a mixture of charm and sleeze, the cross is also a very lively and colourful place that never sleeps providing endless entertainment with nightclubs, bars. Every March the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes it's way along Oxford St.

    My first recollection of the cross was on my 2nd trip to Sydney, sitting on the rooftop of MacDonalds having the 'activity' below explained to me :-)... I was fascinated. (that was in my innocent days of course).

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