Historically, Kings Cross, along with its adjoining locales of Potts Point
and Elizabeth Bay is an area rich with history. ‘The Cross’ was soon to develop
into Sydney’s red light and entertainment district that never sleeps, home not
only to prostitutes and drug addicts, but also the haunt of artists, actors,
writers and musicians. Attracting sailors, soldiers, tourist and locals, it was
described in the 1940s by painter Donald Friend as the ‘genuine Berlin air’ of
the Cross, where ‘Everybody is wicked’.1
From the late 80’s the area soon became a bit tired, with other regions in
Sydney attracting locals and visitors.
Starting in early 2005 Sydney has completed an art and history project of
more than one hundred brass plaques that tell the stories of Kings Cross through
stories of art, poetry, sleaze, humour, prostitutes, drug dealers and some of
the areas upstanding residents. Sydneysiders and tourist can now walk ‘The Strip
on the Strip’ to catch a glimpse of history that reflect and celebrate the
colour, dreams, diversity and wit of the Kings Cross area.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.