Rushcutters Bay, New South Wales

Rushcutters Bay
Sydney, New South Wales

Rushcutters Bay
Population 2,372 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 11,900/km2 (31,000/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2011
Area 0.2 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Location 3 km (2 mi) east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s) City of Sydney
State electorate(s) Sydney
Federal Division(s) Wentworth
Suburbs around Rushcutters Bay:
Potts Point Elizabeth Bay Port Jackson
Potts Point Rushcutters Bay Darling Point
Darlinghurst Paddington Edgecliff

Rushcutters Bay is a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia 3 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Sydney.[2]

The suburb of Rushcutters Bay sits beside the bay it takes its name from, on Sydney Harbour. It is surrounded by the suburbs of Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst, Paddington, and Darling Point. Kings Cross is a locality on the western border.


The area was first known as 'Rush Cutting Bay' because the swampy land was covered in tall rushes used by early settlers for thatching houses. In 1878, 6 acres (24,000 m2) were reserved for recreation; and, after reclamation work was completed, Rushcutters Bay Park was created.

Rushcutters Bay was once the site of the famous Sydney Stadium.[3] On Boxing Day 1908 at the Stadium, Tommy Burns lost his heavyweight title to the legendary Jack Johnson, the first African-American to win a world title.

On 6 April 1927, Herbert Pratten, Federal Minister for Trade, appeared in a Lee DeForest film to celebrate the opening of a Phonofilm studio in Rushcutters Bay.[4]

The bay at Sydney Harbour served as host for the sailing events during the 2000 Summer Olympics.[5]

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (left) and Sydney Stadium during the Jack Johnson-Tommy Burns boxing match on 26 December 1908.


At the 2011 census, the suburb of Rushcutters Bay recorded a population of 2,372 people. Of these:[1]


  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Rushcutters Bay(State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. Gregory's Sydney Street Directory, Gregory's Publishing Company, 2007
  3. The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 232
  4. De Forest Phonofilms - Rushcutters Bay
  5. 2000 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. p. 379.
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Coordinates: 33°52′39″S 151°13′42″E / 33.8774°S 151.2282°E / -33.8774; 151.2282

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