Oxford Street

Oxford Street

Boundaries and demographics

Oxford Street village covers the area from William Street in the north to Moore Park in the south, and from Centennial Park in the east to Anzac Parade and Hyde Park, in the west. A map of the area can be downloaded below.

The village group includes the suburbs of Darlinghurst, Paddington, Centennial Park and the eastern half of Moore Park. According to latest estimates18,328 residents (10.62% of the City) and 15,240 workers (3.95% of the City) make up the local area.

From the past to today

In 1897 the junction of Victoria Street, Darlinghurst Road and William Street was originally called Queens Cross, after reigning monarch Queen Victoria. It was changed 8 years later to Kings Cross.

Darlinghurst's poor topography saw it lag behind other areas during European settlement as Sydney expanded. However, several quarries operated here. Today it is a busy residential and commercial part of the City and the traditional centre of the city's gay community.

Paddington also has a working-class background. The area's crowded slums were particularly hard-hit by the Depression. In the 1960s the area's central location and intact Victorian-era architecture saw the gentrification process begin.

Today the area is popular thanks to its architecture, chic bars and the hip strip of boutiques lining Oxford Street. Saturday's Paddington Markets add a bohemian feel as do the local galleries and arthouse cinemas.

East Sydney was one of the first places settled by post-war Italian migrants.


2030 in Your Village: Oxford Street

Last updated: Tuesday, 16 July 2013