KINGS CROSS: Be careful as some people (including locals) may recommend that you visit this place at night time. Some locals tend to think that King Cross is the only red light district in the whole world, as it is the largest red light district in Australia, so they think that overseas guests have never seen that sort of thing before. That is all it is - a red light district - so don't expect anything more. And it can be a little dangerous at night - do not venture into quiet side alleys - the people enticing you into the clubs can sense tourists from a mile away. If you a looking for fun, there are plenty of other places to go in Sydney that are much more friendly and safe. If you are looking for a red light district - head down to the Cross.
Downtown Sydney was refreshing. Open and honest with no desire to scam. King's Cross area, however, was a different story. Australia was on the pound standard at that time and, those who didn't understand the exchange had no trouble in Sydney. However many were taken advantage of in the Cross area. The newspaper at that time even printed a formal apology and a condemnation to those in King's Crossing who took advantage of the Yanks.
Kings Cross- It is the Pits / and there are much better beaches than Bondi(although it's worth a look as long as you go to another beach to compare)