Double Bay is a harmonious mix of historical and modern. A lot of its culture and heritage can be learned through walks and tours in and around Double Bay.
The history of Woollahra began with the earliest inhabitants, the Cadigal and Birrabirrigal clans, and later European settlement. This paved the way for Point Piper Estate, some parts of which still stand today. People from different cultural backgrounds contribute to the rich culture and heritage of Double Bay, including settlers and traders like the Chinese and Portuguese.
Heritage sites in Double Bay
Because of the rich history of the area, you shouldn’t miss visiting these well-preserved landmarks. There are a number of historical sites in Double Bay that will give you an instant journey to the past, as you get to know more about our culture and heritage. Below are some of them.
Double Bay Compressed Air Ejector Station
Located in Cross Street, this former sewage pumping station was the first low-level sewage pumping station in Sydney, vital infrastructure for areas too low for gravity to effectively remove sewerage. It was built in 1898 and is now the only one left among the five ejector stations built in Double Bay. However, because it is located underground, it does not have any aesthetic facade. It has a large contribution in the scientific history and advancement of sewage systems in Australia. It uses the shone ejector principle, which was widely used before the introduction of electric pumps.
Former Residences listed as Heritage Sites
Also known as Glenyarrah or Seaford House, Gladswood House is located at 11 Gladswood Gardens. The two-storey building with its Gothic Revival architecture dates from 1862, and is one of the few surviving works of William Munro.
It is also of political and commercial significance as several historical personalities of NSW once owned the property. It used to be part of Point Piper Estate, and served as a view point for the magnificent scenery of Double Bay.
Houses in Wiston Gardens are also of cultural heritage. Other nearby residential heritage sites is Overthorpe and Fairwater in Double Bay.
Historical tourist spots near Double Bay
Not far from Double Bay are many of the most visited tourist attractions in Sydney. These historical spots will surely complete your Sydney experience and add culture to your trip. These historical sites include the Kirribilli Point, Codman’s Cottage, Fort Denison, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Susannah Place, and the State Theatre.
Discover history through the arts
A lot of local artists can give you a taste of Sydney’s culture and heritage. Take a tour around local art galleries like Art2Muse in the heart of Double Bay, or attend events by the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Several gift and specialty shops in the area also display art in the form of jewellery or even patisseries, which you are welcome to take home with you.
Sail around the harbours of NSW
Double Bay is the perfect location for sailing because it is surrounded by shores. A good way to discover the history and natural wonders is by experiencing the water yourself. Hire a boat or go kayaking in the area and talk to the locals near your Sydney accommodation as well.
Discover historical wonders and relax in Savoy Hotel Double Bay
After a day of exploring the cultural sites, enjoy the relaxing and homey atmosphere in Double Bay’s Savoy Hotel. The Sydney accommodation you choose should be near some remnants of its past and allow you to visit some of Double Bay’s historical places. This makes our hotel the perfect place to stay as you explore the nearby attractions in your Sydney accommodation. Book a room today!