Leave the car keys on the hook and step out into a neighbourhood like no other: the Potts Point area rewards walkers with both the fresh and familiar, underscoring its great lifestyle and possibilities.
Potts Point holds the crown of being one of Sydney’s most walkable suburbs. No matter what you’re after, there’s a walk to suit you. Here are five of our favourites:
Anytime is right for a relaxing stroll
Take a stroll down Macleay Street, the beating heart of Potts Point. Macleay Street combines a selection of beautiful homes, exciting culture, fine dining, sociable cafes and architectural gems. Stylish, urban and yet green, it has a real buzz, with the feel of one of Europe or America’s great cities. Anointed by Vogue as one of Australia’s best dining strips, there are a rich array of eating options and some seriously good shopping, with a bohemian atmosphere and plenty of people watching.
Expanding cultural horizons
Take a walk along the water and up the hill to the Art Gallery of NSW, one of Australia’s finest art galleries located in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. The light-filled gallery houses a selection of international fine art and an iconic Australian collection including famous names like Margaret Preston and John Olsen.
Close by is the entrance to Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, the city’s emerald oasis. And it’s not just about the beautiful shaded walks, fascinating plants and stunning harbour views: Experts at the botanical gardens are pushing the boundaries of knowledge about plants.
Potts Point and the surrounding neighbourhoods are steeped in history and offer so many interesting buildings – a living canvas. Try the NSW Twentieth Century Heritage Society walk winding from Wylde Street to Elizabeth Bay Road. Following that route yields a smorgasbord of architectural styles, ranging from Art Deco to a Spanish Mission influence, and from Functionalism to Modernism. These interesting buildings demonstrate the area has always been at the forefront of style and taste, with people choosing to live in interesting, beautiful buildings, unafraid to experiment and experience the new.
When little people need to run free
Close to Potts Point, Rushcutters Bay Park is the perfect spot to let kids run and run and run. For the little ones, there’s a gated playground with lots of activities to keep them busy, close to the café and toilets. Fringed by beautiful big trees with ample shade, there’s plenty of space for a fun afternoon kicking a ball, wielding a bat or enjoying a lazy picnic.
Don’t forget you can pick up sumptuous goodies at some of Potts Point’s superb delis and specialist food shops, like Penny’s Cheese Shop. Or try the Kings Cross organic food markets on Saturdays at Fitzroy Gardens at the Kings Cross end of Macleay Street. Or you can walk a little further along the park towards Darling Point and hit the deck cafe at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia.
Cardio time: Hit your heart rate target
When it’s time to get your heart and lungs pumping, the McElhone Stairs from Victoria Street in Potts Point to Cowper Wharf in Woolloomooloo will never fail to deliver. Recognised as one of Sydney’s best spots for a stair sprint with a view, who says how many times is enough?
For cardio-variety, you could also zip over to the botanical gardens and tackle the Fleet Steps, taking in the Bridge and Opera House views while you smash out your 10,000 steps a day.
Contact us today if you’re looking to make Potts Point your home.