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Rushcutters Bay

Coordinates: 33°52′39″S 151°13′42″E / 33.8774°S 151.2282°E / -33.8774; 151.2282
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Rushcutters Bay
SydneyNew South Wales
Rushcutters Bay
Population2,335 (SAL 2021)[1]
Elevation28 m (92 ft)
Area0.2 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location3 km (2 mi) east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Wentworth
Suburbs around Rushcutters Bay:
Potts Point Elizabeth Bay Port Jackson
Potts Point Rushcutters Bay Darling Point
Darlinghurst Paddington Edgecliff

Rushcutters Bay is a harbourside inner-east suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 3 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district in the local government area of the City of Sydney.[2]

The suburb of Rushcutters Bay sits beside the bay it takes its name from, on Sydney Harbour. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst, Paddington and Darling Point. Kings Cross is a locality on the western border.


After British settlement, the area was first known as 'Rush Cutting Bay' because the swampy land was covered in tall rushes used by early settlers for thatching houses. In 1878, 2 hectares (6 acres) were reserved for recreation; and, after reclamation work was completed, Rushcutters Bay Park was created, bounded by New South Head Road and the bay at Sydney Harbour.

Rushcutters Bay was once the site of the famous Sydney Stadium.[3] On Boxing Day 1908 at the Stadium, Tommy Burns lost his heavyweight title to the legendary Jack Johnson, famously the first African-American to win a world title. For many years Rushcutters Bay was home to White City Stadium for major tennis tournaments, prior to the establishment of tennis facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

On 6 April 1927 Herbert Pratten, Federal Minister for Trade, appeared in a Lee DeForest film to celebrate the opening of a Phonofilm studio in Rushcutters Bay.[4]

In the 20th century, when neighbouring Darlinghurst was seen as down-at-heel, some businesses and residents abutting that boundary would, for appearance's sake, list their addresses as being in Rushcutters Bay. This phenomenon persists despite Darlinghurst's gentrification; for example, a BMW dealership on Craigend Street, Darlinghurst, provides customers with an incorrect address.[5]

The bay at Sydney Harbour served as host for the sailing events during the 2000 Summer Olympics.[6]

Heritage listings[edit]

Rushcutters Bay has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (left) and Sydney Stadium during the Jack Johnson-Tommy Burns boxing match on 26 December 1908.


According to the 2021 census, there were 2,335 people living in Rushcutters Bay.[8]

At the 2016 census, the suburb of Rushcutters Bay recorded a population of 2,547 people. Of these:[9]

  • Age distribution: Residents had a similar range of ages to the country overall, except for notably fewer children. The median age was 37 years, the same as the national median. Children aged under 15 years made up 5.6% of the population (national average is 18.7%) and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.9% of the population (national average is 15.8%).
  • Ethnic diversity : Just under half (48%) were born in Australia, compared to the national average of 67%; the next most common countries of birth were England 6.4%, New Zealand 3.9%, Brazil 1.8%, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 1.6% and India 1.6%. At home, 65.5% of residents only spoke English; other languages spoken at home included Portuguese, 1.9%, Spanish 1.8%, French 1/7%, Mandarin 1.4% and Italian 1.0%.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Rushcutters Bay (suburb and locality)". Australian Census 2021 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. ^ Pollon, Frances (1990). The Book of Sydney Suburbs. Australia: Angus & Robertson. p. 232. ISBN 0-207-14495-8.
  4. ^ De Forest Phonofilms – Rushcutters Bay
  5. ^ https://www.bmwsydney.com.au/discover/contact
  6. ^ 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 9 November 2000 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. p. 379.
  7. ^ "Sewage Pumping Station 18". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Department of Planning & Environment. H01339. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Text is licensed by State of New South Wales (Department of Planning and Environment) under CC-BY 4.0 licence.
  8. ^ "2021 Rushcutters Bay, Census All persons QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rushcutters Bay(State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata

33°52′39″S 151°13′42″E / 33.8774°S 151.2282°E / -33.8774; 151.2282