A short distance from both the airport and the city, Kensington is a long-established residential suburb and also home to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). These world-renowned institutions attract students from all over the country and internationally. In 2002, the NIDA building won the prestigious Sulman Prize for public architecture. If you pass this impressive structure after dark you will see the street façade of the building lit with a colourful light display. During the day visitors can join a group tour of the college to see the facilities and learn about its history and current events. Lauded internationally for their success in the performing arts, Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett and Baz Luhrmann are among the graduates of NIDA.
A walk through the heart of Kensington along Anzac Parade will be well rewarded. This busy thoroughfare has a variety of stores offering a range of services and goods from around the world. Stop in at Peters of Kensington to have a look, and wander around the three floor department store known by some as the Aladdin’s Cave of stores. Then you can choose to relax and treat your tastebuds to a meal or drink at one at one of the many restaurants and cafes along the Parade. With cuisine from a variety of cultures, there is something on offer for all tastes.
Within walking distance of Kensington town centre, one can find Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney Cricket Ground and Sydney Football Stadium. Alternatively visitors may choose to explore the beaches and bays along The Sports Coast by taking a short bus ride from Anzac Parade to Clovelly, Coogee , Maroubra or Malabar Beaches.