Flashy signs, quirky characters and a wild mixture of prostitution, crime and stylish restaurants, Kings Cross is recognised throughout Australia as the red light capital of the nation. Most tourists and locals will have at least one token visit to "The Cross", if for no other reason than to witness life on the other side of the tracks. It is a curious mixture of Sydney’s underworld meets the social elite: students, artists, socialites, homosexuals, runaways and criminals all under the one neon-lit-roof.
There are plenty of strip clubs, topless waitressing bars and tacky flashing lights, however, more recently this seedy area of Sydney has entered rehab in a bid to clean up its act. There are new openings of trendy cafes and some of Sydney's best restaurants which are attracting a different kind of day visitor than those that are beckoned by the bright lights.
How to get to Kings Cross
Parking is often a problem at Kings Cross and driving is not the best option. Taxi, bus train or on foot is the easiest route.
Catch a train or bus into central Sydney, and from there, Kings Cross will only cost a few dollars in a cab. It can also be quickly reached following a 10 minute walk down William and Darlinghurst Streets.