Rushcutters Bay is located just 3 km east of Sydney’s central business location and is considered by many to be the centre of Australia’s boating culture. This beautiful harbour-side suburb of Sydney NSW sits directly on the water, with breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour.
Whilst this small, premium suburb doesn’t have its own railway and transport system, the underground station at Kings Cross is only a five minute stroll and provides a regular train service to the Sydney CBD, Bondi Junction shopping district and many other popular destinations.
Rushcutters Bay is also within walking distance of the surrounding suburbs of Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst, Paddington, and Darling Point.
The culture of Rushcutters Bay is based on the ocean that borders it. The suburb was named after the rushes that originally covered the swampy bay, which were used by settlers to thatch the first houses in the area.
Many historical sporting events have taken place in Rushcutters Bay. On Boxing Day in 1908 Tommy Burns lost his heavyweight title to Jack Johnson, the first African American to win a world title, in Sydney Stadium. The bay also hosted the sailing competitions of the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Community and Recreation
Rushcutters Bay is the centre of Sydney’s yachting community. The suburb is also considered among many, to be the best place in Australia to learn to sail. Many marinas scatter the bay and the area draws residents who own their own boats and enjoy spending time on the water.
Other water activities such as surfing and water-skiing are also popular in the area. The café and bar at d’Albora Marina is a popular destination to enjoy a drink or meal after a day on the water.
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