The Club

The Club is at the heart of the CBD with all its sophistication and convenience. Not only minutes from historic Macquarie Street, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the State Library but we are close to Sydney’s beautiful harbour and many of the city’s iconic attractions. The Rocks and the Sydney Opera House are an easy stroll down towards the Quay.

The Club is a short train ride from the international and domestic airports, with major retailers, restaurants and cultural institutions nearby.

In 1857, various leading citizens determined to create a new gentlemen’s club in Sydney that was broad, more social and less political in function. The symbolic name – the Union Club - echoed similar Union clubs in London (1805), Hobart (1834) and New York (1836).

In the mid-1950s, the Club was rebuilt in the Bent Street section of its gardens – using the services of the leading architect of the day, Sir Arthur Stephenson. This building, with its distinctive curved brickwork shape, was the last of the purpose-built city clubhouses in Australia. It remains, to this day, the centre of club activities.

We are proud of our inheritance and still provide that agreeable oasis within the city that James Macarthur sought to create back in 1857.

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