Double Bay, New South Wales
Sydney, New South Wales
Double Bay ferry wharf
|Location||4 km (2 mi) E of Sydney CBD|
Double Bay is a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 4 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district. It is the administrative centre of the local government area of the Municipality of Woollahra.
Double Bay takes its name from the bay of Sydney Harbour. It refers to the two geographical formations between Point Piper and Darling Point, which are interrupted by a miniature point in between. The eastern part is also known as Blackburn Cove. Back in the 1980s it was sometimes nicknamed "Double Pay". Those days are now gone and the title is now rarely heard.
Double Bay developed soon after initial European Settlement in 1788. In the early years of the colony, Double Bay was used as shelter for fishermen who would regularly fish around the harbour. Farming mostly cattle and lettuce a farm had developed and by 1814 it had increased to envelop the valleys leading into the area currently known as Woollahra, Bondi Junction, Bellevue Hill, and Point Piper.
According to the 2011 census, there were 4,687 residents in Double Bay. The most common ancestries in Double Bay were English 23.6%, Australian 17.8% and Irish 8.9%. The most common occupations of residents included Professionals 42.5%, Managers 20.4%, and Clerical and Administrative Workers 12.5%.
The commercial area runs along New South Head Road and extends along surrounding streets of Knox Street, Cross Street and Bay Street. It features boutique hotels and shopping, restaurants and cafes. Double Bay is known as the most fashionable and expensive shopping district in Sydney.
Double Bay features a ferry wharf for Eastern Suburbs ferry services.
Sport and recreation
Double Bays former residents include Dally Messenger, perhaps the most famous Rugby League player of all time who was born, raised, and lived most of his life in Double Bay. He attended Double Bay primary school and became a local celebrity in the first half of the 20th century.
Heritage-listed Gladswood House (1856)
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