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Top 10 Sydney by Steve Womersley, Rachel Neustein

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Kings Cross & Darlinghurst

The reputation of “the cross” as a hotbed of sex and decadence may be well earned, but behind this red-light district’s resident junkies and prostitutes is an interesting suburb with a rich bohemian history. Cool cafés and great Art Deco apartment buildings make up its backstreets. To the north, you’ll find Potts Point with its fine Colonial villas and Victorian terrace houses, and to the east the solid middle-class enclaves of Rushcutter’s Bay and Elizabeth Bay, named after Mrs Macquarie. Darlinghurst is far more hip than its northern neighbour, with a heady parade of groovers and wannabes competing with the suburb’s ...

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