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Fashionable Woollahra, is one of the more upmarket suburbs, although the local government area encompasses 11 suburbs Bellevue Hill, Bondi Junction, Darling Point, Double Bay, Edgcliff, Paddington, Point Piper, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watson Bay and Woollahra.

Woollahra was proclaimed a Municipality in April 1860, following a successful petition by 144 residents of Darling Point, Woollahra (which was then known as Upper Paddington) and Watsons Bay. The early municipal boundaries did not include Paddington, which was a prosperous and independent municipality. Vaucluse residents were to also successfully petitioned the New South Wales Government to establish a separate municipality in 1894.

The three councils of Woollahra, Vaucluse and Paddington were to operate independently until 1948, when the State Government passed legislation to reduce the number of local government areas in New South Wales. Under this act, Vaucluse was reunited with Woollahra, with Paddington becoming part of the City of Sydney Council. Then in 1968, Paddington (north of Oxford Street) was amalgamated with Woollahra.

Located on the southern foreshores of Sydney Harbour, it is well serviced by public transport and offers a wide range of commercial retail activities that spans Double Bay, Oxford Street, Paddington and Ocean Street, Woollahra and Rose Bay, to name just a few.

Source: Woollahra Municipal Council

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For additional information about Woollahra, the Eastern Suburbs and Sydney larger metropolitan region, visit the local tourism visitor centres, found in a number of locations throughout Sydney.

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Woollahra Attractions

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Queen Street
• Starting from Oxford Street, Queen Street has 19th century architecture and upmarket shops, including antique shops, art galleries, shops for the fashion conscious, as well as restaurants and cafes.
Oxford Street
• The Woollahra end of Oxford Street merges into Paddington, and is a hive of activity on Saturdays, as well as offering numerous cafes with most open all week and weekend.
• There are a number of libraries in the area where you can find out local and historical information about the area:
  • Double Bay • 548 New South Head Rd, DOUBLE BAY NSW 2028 • Ph: 02 9391 7100 •
  • Watsons Bay • Dunbar House, Cloverlly St, WATSONS BAY NSW 2030 • Ph: 02 9337 1118
  • Holdsworth Street Centre (Children's Library) • Cnr Holdsworth and Morrell Sts, WOOLLAHRA NSW 2025 • Ph: 02 9363 1513
  • Paddition • Paddington Town Hall, 247 Oxford St, PADDINGTON NSW 2021 • Ph: 02 9360 4108
  • Local History Centre • Sherbrooke Hall, Sherbrooke Lane, DOUBLE BAY NSW 2028 • Ph: 02 9362 0044

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