Architecture & History

Potts Point & Elizabeth Bay

Concession $33

Discover the wonderful and decadent side of Sydney’s housing

Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay are amongst the colourful places in the country. With the harbourside location, these have been home to the very rich and the very poor, to churches and scandal. It has a most diverse housing history, including regency and Italianate villas, early apartment buildings for the rich and the best collection of art deco apartments in Sydney.

Where to meet?

We start at the world-famous El Alamein Fountain in Fitzroy Gardens, Macleay Street Potts Point

Weather policy

If the weather is bad or looking bad we'll advise cancellation two hours or more prior to your start time. Refunds will be issued and you can rebook.

Cancelation or Transfer

To cancel your tour and receive a ticket price refund, please advise up to 48 hours prior to your tour time. To transfer email time and date of current tour and time and date of tour requested

Walk Itinerary


El Alamein Fountain

The war memorial heart of Kings Cross and beginning of Potts Point, on the site of a former grand mansion.


Gazebo Apartments

Opened in 1969, was formally Gazebo Hotel with its fabulous rooftop bar.


The Cahors

Opened in 1969, was formally Gazebo Hotel with its fabulous rooftop bar.



The first purpose built luxury high-rise apartment block of the area (1913).


The Metro Theatre

Once one of the finest art deco theatres in the country (1939). Now a possible redevelopment site.


No.17 Wylde

A rare high-rise streamlined modern apartment building (1949).


Macleay Regis.

The King of Macleay. American inspired art deco high-rise at its best (1939).


Elizabeth Bay House.

One of the few remaining Regency Villa (1839).art deco high-rise at its best (1939).



A freestyle classical apartment building (1930).


Birtley Towers

The biggest most luxurious apartment building of the country in its day (1934).

James Adcock Tour Guide
James Adcock is a Kings Cross/Potts Point local who has lived in the area for over 20 years. He has bachelors and honours degrees in architecture and has written theses on Art Deco and the beginnings of Apartments of Sydney. He has been a tour guide of historic sites across Sydney and was involved in the restoration of the Female Factory heritage site in Parramatta.
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