Darling Point is bounded by Sydney Harbour to the north, Double Bay to the east, Edgecliff to the south and Rushcutters Bay to the west. Darling Point, renowned for its desirable and expensive real estate, is mostly residential and regarded as one of the most exclusive and prestigious suburbs in Australia.
What is now the Darling Point area was originally known as Eurambi, Yarranabbi, Yarrandabbi and Yaranabe by the local Aboriginal people. It was named Darling Point in recognition of Elizabeth Darling, the wife of New South Wales Governor Ralph Darling.
During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Darling Point hosted the sailing events.
Darling Point Road follows the ridge of the headland that is Darling Point. Mona Road and Greenoaks Avenue act as two other main access roads to the suburb. New Beach Road runs between the western boundary of the suburb and Rushcutters Bay Park. The 327 bus service used to go through Darling Point but it has been reduced to a lesser route, now called 328. Darling Point ferry wharf provides access to Double Bay ferry services. Darling Point is also serviced by the nearby Edgecliff railway station.
McKell Park was originally the site of the now-demolished Canonbury House, but is now a public park. Situated at the northern end of Darling Point Road, it has panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and is a popular location for picnics and weddings. It also provides access to Darling Point's ferry stop.
"The Drill Hall" forms part of the Sir David Martin Reserve and was previously part of the Royal Australian Navy base, HMAS Rushcutter. The Drill hall is one of the oldest-surviving Australian military buildings and was originally located on Bennelong Point, now the location of the Sydney Opera House.
Places of worship
Saint Mark's Anglican Church in Darling Point Road was designed by Edmund Blacket in 1852 and is now a popular wedding venue. It has hosted weddings such as Elton John's first wedding and the fictional wedding in the film Muriel's Wedding. The rectory, also designed by Blacket, is listed on the local government heritage register.
Situated close to McKell Park, Craigend is a mansion constructed in the Moorish and Art Deco styles in 1935, including a pair of doors from an ancient mosque in Zanzibar and a traditional Japanese garden. In 1948, the property was acquired by the US government as the official residence of the Consul-General. It has since returned to the private sector. In 1975, it served as the shooting location for the villain's lair in the Hong Kong / Australian co-production The Man from Hong Kong. The house is heritage-listed.
Built in 1841 for the Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell, Carthona is a harborside sandstone mansion located at the end of Carthona Avenue. With its panoramic water views across Double Bay, to Point Piper, and north toward Manly, it is considered[by whom?] one of Sydney's most-valuable properties. It is currently held by descendants of Philip Bushell, the tea merchant, who died at the home in 1954. It is heritage-listed.
Darling Point has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- 1a Carthona Avenue: Lindesay
- 68 Darling Point Road: The Swifts
- 103 Darling Point Road: Babworth House
- 11–21 Greenoaks Avenue: Bishopscourt
- Cloncorrick, Annandale Street
- Callooa and garden, Bennett Avenue
- Carthona, Carthona Avenue
- Mona, Mona Road
At the 2016 census, there were 4,190 residents in Darling Point. The most common ancestries in Darling Point were English (24.1%), Australian (15.1%), Irish (9.7%), Scottish 7.4% and Chinese 3.3%. 54.2% of residents were born in Australia. The most common countries of birth were England 5.3%, New Zealand 3.4% and South Africa 3.2%. 72.6% of people spoke only English at home. The most common responses for religion were No Religion 27.2%, Catholic 18.3% and Anglican 16.5%.
The median weekly household income in Darling Point was $2,966, slightly more than double the national median of $1,438. Darling Point is a suburb with high density housing, with 87.3% of occupied private dwellings being flats, units or apartments, 6.3% being separate houses and 5.5% being semi-detached.
According to analysis of Australian Taxation Office return records by the Queensland University of Technology, Darling Point donates more money to charities than any other area in Australia. This is primarily as the residents of the area are generally wealthy and make good use of the tax reductions that come with donations.
- Lara Bingle
- Ita Buttrose
- Tom Cruise lived at Darling Point while married to Nicole Kidman
- Rachel Griffiths
- John Ibrahim
- Nicole Kidman
- Charles Kingsford Smith, (1897–1935) lived at Darling Point in the 1930s
- Tom Lewis, (1922–2016) a former Premier of New South Wales
- Roderick Meagher, (1932–2011) a former New South Wales Court of Appeal judge
- Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (1816–1878), industrialist
- Helen Reddy
- Harry Rickards, (1843–1911) English-Australian vaudeville artist and theatre impresario, and his wife Kate Rickards, former trapeze artist and later a musical theatre actress
- Thomas Smart
- Sandra Sully
- Gough Whitlam (1916–2014)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Darling Point (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
- The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 79
- "St Marks Anglican church". New South Wales Heritage Database. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- "Rectory of St Marks church". New South Wales Heritage Database. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- "St Marks Cottage – building, sandstone retaining walls". New South Wales Heritage Database. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- Craigend - house State Heritage Website
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/132
- "Lindesay". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00686. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Swifts". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00146. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Babworth House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01300. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- "Bishopscourt". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00362. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
- The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, pp.2/132-133
- Australia's Tax Deductible Donations on the Rise, Pro Bono Australia, 3 September 2013, archived from the original on 30 January 2014
- 'Zenobia' (21 February 1907). "Sydney Social". Melbourne Punch, p. 35. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
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