This week, The Darlinghurst Business Partnership and your local community legal centre, Inner City Legal Centre, came together to announce the launch of their joint initiative to save the award-winning Safe Relationships Project (SRP). 

Established in 2009, the SRP is a court and legal support service for LGBTIQ people experiencing domestic violence. The SRP is a unique service, providing a safe room at Downing Centre, support at other NSW courts when necessary and wrap-around legal assistance and non-legal referrals. The SRP employs a specialist part time lawyer who supports 30 LGBTIQ people per year with casework and provides advice, information and referrals to many more.

Over the next few weeks, there will be campaigning to save the SRP and they are kindly asking for your support.  Campaign ends 30 June 2019. To make a tax deductible donations to #SaveTheSRP please click here

To find out other ways you can support, please contact Erika Aligno on



The day to vote is imminent and Eastside is hosting quite a few places to fill out your ballot this year. On Saturday 18th Darlinghurst Public School will be inviting the community in to vote, as well as putting on their fantastic fete ‘Darlo Bizzaro’ to keep spirits high!


Explore the delicious food and drink stalls and other local vendors, all while having your say about our community. There will be over 50 artisan stalls, plenty of prizes and spectacular entertainment for all. And while you’re there take advantage of the customary Democracy Sausage - they say its the best in the ‘hood!

COMMUNITY - There is free yoga in Elizabeth Bay.

Head down to Reginald Murphy Community Centre for an afternoon of breathe work and purposeful movement at the latest community event offering in Elizabeth Bay. Running for the whole of 2019, every Monday from 2pm- 3pm this could be the perfect lunch break for an Eastside local or for the independent traveller in Sydney.


Taught by a group of experienced local volunteer teachers, the classes are completely free. If you have your own mat they recommend bringing your own, but if you are new to yoga then there are mats available at the community centre.

If you are a yoga fanatic then you might want to check out our wellness article which runs through the best ways to refresh and recharge in Eastside.

COMMUNITY - Oxtravaganza is live!

The community is buzzing with the news that Oxtravaganza is now launched and live. If you didn’t make it to the official launch party last week then here is all the info for you!

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Oxtravaganza is held on the 23rd of February throughout Oxford Street and the Darlinghurst area and is a way for local businesses to activate their shops and get amongst the Mardi Gras spirit. The event is an official part of the Mardi Gras program and includes pretty much all of your favourites. Sax Fetish will be hosting their infamous Naked Barber, Pearsons Florist is showing off with stunning rainbow bouquets and the East Sydney Arts and Community Centre will be hosting drag yoga.

There is something for the whole family and with the party continuing into the night, there is no excuse for everyone in Eastside to not get involved. If you want all the info as well as the official program and a way to get in contact with the organisers visit their official website.

COMMUNITY - There's a new ferry service from Elizabeth Bay

As of December 2018 Captain Cook Cruises have stepped up their game to include ferries, in the new cohort of ride sharing and on demand transport services.

Forget timetables, transport cards and traffic. The AHOY App from Captain Cook Cruises brings the ferry to you, when you need it. Similar to ride sharing services, the app lets you see where your ferry is, tracks your journey and time until your ferry’s arrival - all on your mobile device.


The first services for Sydney Harbour operate between Elizabeth Bay, Garden Island and Circular Quay during morning and afternoon peak-commuter times.

The AHOY fleet consists of the new and versatile “tubby-class” ferries. No payment, or ticket redemption required until you board the ferry.

Hail one of our ferries from any of these three locations:

Morning Peak Services - 6:45AM to 9:15AM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Afternoon Peak Services - 4:15PM to 7:30PM

Elizabeth Bay Marina
Garden Island Wharf
Circular Quay, Harbour Master Steps

Fast and efficient - only 12 minutes each way!

Operates Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays.

Single Trips

Adult $7.50
Child 4-15 years $5.00
OpalPay, Credit Card and Cash accepted onboard

Save with an eTravelPass

15-Trip passes, valid for up to 365-days
Adult $5.90 per trip
Child $3.50 per trip

For all the details and to download the app head to the Captain Cook website here.

COMMUNITY - Donate a plate for Wayside's Christmas!

Not everyone gets to spend Christmas surrounded by family and friends, with a ham on the table and gifts for all. The holiday season can be lonely and Wayside Chapel is committed to making the Christmas period a time to come together as a community and support those who are less fortunate and more vulnerable.


Wayside Chapel makes Christmas more special for people in need.

They are back again with the annual donate a plate project. For just $25, you can provide a meal with all the trimmings for a homeless person living in on the streets.

  • $25 will provide one meal to feed a homeless person

  • $50 will feed a couple

  • $100 will feed a family of four

  • $250 will sponsor a table to feed 10 people

If you want to make your donation on behalf of a friend, family member or colleague, use the 'perks' option to receive a blank paper plate 'gift card', which we'll post to you. Share the plate in lieu of a gift this Christmas. In addition to this your name will be written on a plate at the Christmas Day Street Party to recognise your support to feed the homeless.

Click through here to donate!

COMMUNITY - Woolloomoolivin' was a smash hit!

The Wooloomoolivin’ Community day was a huge success with big crowds flocking to check out the hip hop beats focused event.

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Jam packed with music, food, charity activations and dance Woolomoolivin’ is a celebration of urban arts in Sydney. This year’s event was held on December 3rd and organisations on the day included PCYC, C3 Cares, Baptistcare, HopeStreet, CatholicCare, Save the Children Australia, Bounce, Artspace Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Firstdraft Gallery, and Youth & Family Connect.

Stay tuned here for more details on the people putting this amazing event on for 2019!