Darling Point, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
|Location||4 km (2 mi) E of Sydney CBD|
Darling Point is a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 4 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of Woollahra Council.
Darling Point is bounded by Sydney Harbour to the north, Double Bay to the east, Edgecliff to the south and Rushcutters Bay to the west. Darling Point, renowned for its desirable and expensive real estate, is mostly residential and regarded as one of the most exclusive and prestigious suburbs in Australia.
What is now the Darling Point area was originally known as Eurambi, Yarranabbi, Yarrandabbi and Yaranabe by the local Aboriginal people. It was named Darling Point in recognition of Elizabeth Darling, the wife of New South Wales Governor Ralph Darling.
During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Darling Point hosted the sailing events.
Darling Point Road follows the ridge of the headland that is Darling Point. Mona Road and Greenoaks Avenue act as two other main access roads to the suburb. New Beach Road runs between the western boundary of the suburb and Rushcutters Bay Park. The 327 bus service goes through Darling Point. Darling Point ferry wharf provides access to Eastern Suburbs ferry services. Darling Point is also serviced by the nearby railway station at Edgecliff.
McKell Park was originally the site of the now-demolished Canonbury House, but is now a public park. Situated at the northern end of Darling Point Road, it has panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is a popular location for picnics and weddings. It also provides access to Darling Point's ferry stop.
'The Drill Hall' forms part of the Sir David Martin Reserve and was previously part of the Royal Australian Navy base, HMAS Rushcutters. The Drill Hall is one of the oldest surviving Australian military buildings and was originally located on Bennelong Point, now the location of the Sydney Opera House.
- St Mark's Anglican Church in Darling Point Road was designed by Edmund Blacket in 1852 and is now a popular wedding venue. It has hosted weddings such as Elton John's first marriage and the fictional wedding in the film Muriel's Wedding. The rectory, also designed by Blacket, is heritage-listed.
Situated close to McKell Park, Craigend is a mansion constructed in the Moorish and Art Deco styles in 1935, including a pair of doors from an ancient mosque in Zanzibar and a traditional Japanese garden. In 1948 the property was acquired by the United States Government as the official residence of the Consul General. It has since returned to the private sector. In 1975 it served as the villain's lair in the Hong Kong/Australian co-produced movie The Man from Hong Kong. The house is heritage-listed.
Built in 1841 for the Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell, Carthona is a harbourside sandstone mansion located at the end of Carthona Avenue. With its panoramic water views across Double Bay, to Point Piper, and north toward Manly, it is considered[by whom?] one of Sydney's most valuable properties. It is currently held by descendants of Philip Bushell, tea merchant who died at the home in 1954. It is heritage-listed.
The following buildings are on the Register of the National Estate.
- Cloncorrick, Annandale Street
- Callooa and garden, Bennett Avenue
- Lindesay, Carthona Avenue
- Carthona, Carthona Avenue
- The Swifts, Darling Point Road
- Bishopscourt, Greenoaks Avenue
- Mona, Mona Road
- Babworth House, Mount Adelaide Road
As of the 2011 census, there were 3,919 residents in Darling Point. The most common ancestries in Darling Point were English 24.9%, Australian 16.1% and Irish 8.9%. The median weekly household income in Darling Point was $2,511, slightly more than double the national median of $1,234. Darling Point is a suburb with high density housing, with 82.6% of dwellings being flats, units or apartments.
- Ita Buttrose
- Nicole Kidman
- Tom Lewis, Former Premier of New South Wales
- Roderick Meagher, former New South Wales Court of Appeal judge
- Helen Reddy
- Charles Kingsford Smith lived at Darling Point in the 1930s
- Gough Whitlam
- Lara Bingle
- John Ibrahim
- Rachel Griffiths
- Tom Cruise lived at Darling Point when married to Nicole Kidman
- Sandra Sully
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Darling Point (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
- Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 79
- State Heritage Website
- State Heritage Website
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/132
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, pp.2/132-133
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