Did you know the Beatles only toured Australia once - way back in 1964?
They never returned which was surprising as they drew the biggest crowds they'd ever experienced in Australia during their early days.
They performed at 'The Sydney Stadium", a 1960's iconic concert venue, situated down the hill from our Potts Point accommodation - now the site of Sydney Grammar School's Sports Oval opposite Rushcutters Bay Park and they stayed at The Sheraton on Macleay Street in Potts Point.
Amusingly, the Chevon Hilton, was at the time the celebrity hotel for Sydney international guests, at 81 Macleay Street, Potts Point (now the Ikon building above our local restaurant partners' Franca Brasserie and Potts Point Providore). The Beatles, however, were refused the chance to stay, as the Chevron management were scared of crowd control. So, to make a 'cheeky' point, the Beatles decided to stay directly across the road at the Sheraton! Beatlemania had arrived, teenagers lined the streets and screamed all day and night outside the hotel, waiting to catch a glimpse...of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
The Beatles' last night in Australia was Paul McCartney's 22nd birthday, 17 girls who had won a newspaper story writing competition, "Why I would like to be a guest at a Beatle's birthday party", joined them for a party back at the hotel, to celebrate, after the concert - lucky them!
When next staying at Potts Point, join our unique Walking Tours to hear more stories from one of our local historians about the area's famous and infamous past!
Footage courtesy of NSFA film archives. Below Image: The Sydney Morning Herald