Australia’s Red Light Districts

Australia's Red Light Districts

Brothels, strip clubs, gentleman’s bars and bordellos can be found practically everywhere. However, there is a tendency for adult establishments to cluster together and form what is known as a ‘Red Light District,’ though nowadays actual red lights are far less common. Take a wander through the historic and current Red Light Districts of Australia…

Sydney: Kings Cross

Kings Cross, located in the heart of Sydney, is among Australia’s most well-known Red Light Districts. In the past, it was infamous for rowdy nightlife & adult entertainment. Recently, the district has undergone significant gentrification and regulation changes, reducing its prominence as a Red Light District.

Melbourne: St. Kilda

St. Kilda, a beachside suburb of Melbourne, has a long history of being associated with the sex industry. While regulations are in place limiting the presence of street-based sex work, St. Kilda is still home to adult venues. The district also shows off a vibrant music and arts scene, making it a unique blend of cultures and lifestyles.

Brisbane: Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley, or “The Valley” for short, is Brisbane’s answer to Red Light Districts. It has a colourful history of nightlife and adult entertainment venues, making it a popular destination for partygoers and tourists alike. However, like Kings Cross in Sydney, The Valley has also seen efforts to clean up its image, leading to changes in the types of establishments present in the area. If you are further north in the Sunshine State, consider stopping by Harlots Mackay!

Perth: Northbridge

Northbridge, located in the heart of Perth, boasts a bustling nightlife and numerous entertainment options, including various adult-oriented establishments. Just across the bridge in Burswood is Langtrees Perth; a long-standing, highly regarded gentleman’s club. Northbridge has a vibrant atmosphere, with bars, nightclubs, and strip clubs attracting both locals and tourists.

Adelaide: Hindley Street

Hindley Street in Adelaide has been historically associated with adult entertainment venues, such as strip clubs and brothels. While there have been efforts to rejuvenate this area and reduce its association with the sex industry, it remains a notable location for those seeking adult entertainment options in South Australia.

Darwin: Mitchell Street

Darwin’s Mitchell Street, in the city’s central business district, has a reputation for its nightlife and adult entertainment offerings. This area caters to a mix of locals and visitors, offering various bars, nightclubs, and other adult-oriented venues. It’s worth noting that the dynamics of the sex industry in the Northern Territory differ from other states in Australia.

Canberra: Fyshwick

Fyshwick, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), has several adult entertainment businesses, including brothels and adult shops, mixed among industrial businesses as well. The ACT has unique laws regulating the sex industry, and Fyshwick has been a focal point for these activities in the region. Of course, it is the home of Harlots Canberra, so do come say hello!

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