Oxford Street

Oxford Street village consists of the unique suburbs of Darlinghurst and Paddington along with the open spaces of Moore Park and Centennial Park, all of which are sewn together by the main street itself.

The area has a diverse range of land uses, complementing the wide variety of residents and workers within the village. This unique village is characterised by historic architecture in residential areas, creative and boutique retail spaces, a vibrant night-time atmosphere and a plethora of cafés, bars, restaurants, takeaway food shops and nightclubs. The range of facilities provided within the village not only satisfies the residents and workers, but also attracts people from across metropolitan Sydney.

The village is located to the south-east of the city centre and it is bounded by William Street in the north, Woollahra Council to the east, and Anzac Parade and College Street to the west.

Moore and Centennial parks provide large open green spaces and access to natural elements for recreation and relaxation. Green space is also provided by the newly developed Paddington Reservoir and the numerous pocket parks scattered throughout the area.

The area has a strong cultural and creative scene with a number of art galleries, film and media services, design shops, cafés, art house cinemas and bookshops, community theatre groups, and National Art School. Oxford Street and its surrounds have long been viewed as the heart of gay and lesbian Sydney and this remains an important characteristic of the area.

What do residents like about their village?

“Oxford Street’s acknowledgment of diversity. A cultural and culinary highlight of the city of Sydney.”

“The laneways themselves are the hidden treasures.”

“Cosmopolitan location, vibrant GLBTIQ culture and night life.”

Source: City of Sydney Resident Consultations

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The village has a diverse range of housing styles dispersed across its constituent suburbs. Darlinghurst has many grand early sandstone terraces while Paddington is characterised by heritage terraces and leafy tree-lined streets. The housing within East Sydney has retained much of its historic architecture, however this is now complemented by new apartments and warehouse conversions. Centennial Park and Moore Park is a unique garden suburb characterised by Victorian and Edwardian mansions alongside high-rise residential flats.

Chart 1 shows the distribution of dwelling types in the village. The high proportion of apartments within this village is representative of an inner-city location, making up 72% of all dwellings. This is marginally below the City of Sydney average but well above the average across Metro Sydney. The high proportion of semi-detached dwellings (25%) is above both the City of Sydney (21%) and Metro Sydney (13%) and is influenced by the large number of terraces in areas such as Darlinghurst and Paddington.

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types

Chart 1 – Dwelling Types 


Oxford Street forms a natural, flat pedestrian and cycle link between Moore Park and Centennial Park. Oxford Street, combined with Moore Park Road, provides the main east-west connection through Oxford Street village between the city centre and Bondi Junction. The western edge of the village is bounded by Anzac Parade and the Eastern Distributor motorway which links the village to the north and south. The village is bound by Park and William streets in the north, which provides a connection to the eastern suburbs and through Hyde Park towards Darling Harbour.

Figure 1 shows the public transport infrastructure in the City of Sydney local area, including barrier counts for train stations and ferry terminals as at 2012. Although there are no train stations within Oxford Street village, the boundaries of the village are surrounded by train stations including Kings Cross station to the north, Museum to the north-west and Edgecliff to the east. Internal movements within the village are predominantly facilitated by buses that run along William Street, Oxford Street and Anzac Parade. As shown in Figure 1, the village will also be serviced by the CBD and South East Light Rail Line (due for completion in 2020), which will run along Anzac Parade, linking the Moore Park entertainment precinct to the city centre and Randwick.

Oxford Street is the busiest pedestrian thoroughfare in the village, followed by William Street and Victoria Street. A pedestrian study in October 2013 estimated pedestrian traffic on Oxford Street (near the corner of College Street) to be 19,400 on a weekday and 26,600 on a weekend day. The equivalent weekday/weekend numbers for William Street and Victoria Street were 12,600/11,400 and 10,800/12,500 respectively.

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts

Figure 1 – Transport Infrastructure & Barrier Counts


Oxford Street village provides a unique and diverse range of land uses, combining the cultural and retail offerings centred on Oxford Street and Taylor Square with the vibrant night-time economy. The southern area is dominated by large sporting stadiums, the Entertainment Quarter, Victoria Barracks and Fox Studios. The northern section of the village contains an array of land uses, such as St Vincent’s Hospital and SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Despite being bordered by Moore Park to the west and Centennial Park to the east, the village also has numerous parks scattered throughout such as Green Park, Dillon Street Reserve, Oatley Reserve and the recently restored Paddington Reservoir Gardens. On Oxford Street, Paddington Town Hall and Library are significant community facilities and are displayed in Figure 2.

The City of Sydney Wellbeing (Residents) Survey highlighted the following opinions of residents regarding community facilities in their village:

  • high levels of satisfaction with access to recreational facilities
  • strong community connectedness exists in the village, with high levels of trust, volunteering and residents feeling part of the community
  • culturally rich and vibrant
  • safe, with having low levels of concern about walking along in their local area at night, and also feel safe walking in their local area during the day
  • excellent opportunities to access libraries and community facilities.

Figure 2 – Significant Parks and Community Facilities

Figure 2 – Significant Parks and Community Facilities


The diverse cultural and creative nature of Oxford Street village has resulted in a calendar full of events, which provides further support to many local businesses and an opportunity to engage with the local community. Popular events within the village include:

  • Mardi Gras Festival: Taking place in March every year, the Mardi Gras parade runs the length of Oxford Street with gay and lesbian featured floats. The parade is an opportunity for parade goers to celebrate their sexual orientation as well as highlight the issues, politics and challenges they face.
  • Sydney Sustainable Markets @ Taylor Square: Held each Saturday between 8am and 1pm, this Farmers Market provides fresh, seasonal foods brought directly by the producers. The markets not only allow and encourage local farmers and producers to promote and sell their products, they also bring increased visitation to the area to the benefit of surrounding businesses.
  • Paddo Pub Fest: Held over a weekend in February, most of the local pubs participate in this event. Visitors to Paddington during the festival can engage in a wide variety of events, including live music, food and beer matching, appearances from local sports stars, and cocktail mixing classes.
  • Art Month: A month-long festival held in March, involving many galleries in East Sydney, Darlinghurst and Paddington. Many other local businesses also participate.
  • William Street Laneway Festival: With no car access for the day, retailers and the community have the opportunity to reclaim this unique shopping precinct. William Street transforms into a canvas for a festival encompassing fashion, music, food and community. This trendy festival held in late September, draws upwards of 10,000 people



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Last updated: Tuesday, 16 June 2015