Hyde Park Obelisk is locate din Hyde Park at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Bathurst Street. The Obeslisk has stood in the Park since 1857 and was modeled after Cleopatra's Needle in London. The Obelisk is not mere decoration it also served as a sewer vent...pretty nasty huh.
Hyde Park is located in the city center, a short walk from Queen Victoria Building. This is one of the beautiful parks that you can visit together with other landmarks in Sydney like ANZAZ Memorial, St Mary Cathedral. You can walk toward north to see State Library NSW, Parliament of NSW , Sydney Hospital, and The mint.
This park has many big trees and The Archibald fountain in built in the middle of the park. People who love chess can hang out at the big chess display near St James Station.
This is a must visit place in Sydney... specially St Mary Cathedral.
Sydney's Hyde Park is named after the Hyde Park in London. This Hyde Park is a perfect rectangle. The park has beautiful trees, fountains and benches. Surrounding the park are St. Mary's Cathedral, The Australia Museum, Anzac Memorial and the hospital.
We love wandering the park in the early morning. It is beautiful to see the sun peeking up then in full glow. During this time of day you are virtually alone in the park except for an occasional jogger passing by. Whenever we are visiting Sydney we find ourselves in the Park. During the day and late afternoon expect the park to be full of activity, children playing, people picnicking, skaters, bike riders and even a food festival at certain times during the year.
Stop at the café in the park by the Anzac Memorial for a snack or meal to enjoy on a park bench.
One of the best museums I have been to! The barracks were first used to house criminals, then female immigrants and finally a home for the aged. The barracks are set up for all of them. The first few floors have artifacts and show the structure of the building. You can see where the rats have eaten designs through the floor!
Higher up is an exhibit on Christianity in the colony and a display of the hammocks used by the original prisoners. This structure was built in the early 1800s.
Open Daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Tree-lined walkways, fountains, statues, speakers corner, chess, War Memorial... this park is diverse in its contents as it is in the people it attracts.
I recommend going there on a sunny day and take some lunch and go lie on the grass and take a bit of timeout from the hustle & bustle of the city.
The Hyde Park is the main park in the city of Sydney. It's a great place for a nice relaxing walk and you get to see a nice collection of trees, plants and flowers. There are also a few landmarks such as the ANZAC war memorial which pays tribute to the Australian and Kiwi troops who fought in the past as well as the Captain Cook's statute and the Archibald Fountain.
The Captain Cook Statue in Hyde Park is a large bronze statue of the famous Captain. The statue has the Captain facing Sydney Harbour with a telescope in one hand and the other hand raised to the sky as if he has spotted something on the horizon.
The statue was erected to commemorate Captain Cook's discovery of the east coast of Australia in 1770 and the statue was unveiled in 1879.
Liz and I had fun doing our own "Captain Cook" pose..
Hyde Park Barracks were built in 1819 by the convict and architect Francis Greenway. They were built by convicts and inhabited by prisoners. The structures are Georgian in style and now serve as a museum. The museum displays log books, early settlement artifacts,ships' hammocks in which visitors can lie and listen to fragments of prisoner conversation. This museum is a definite look into the early beginings of Sydney during it's colonial past.
$10 admission to the museum for adults.
Sandringham Garden is located in Hyde Park. The garden was created for King George VI to look like the King's home in Sandringham England. The King died before the planned visit in 1953. In 1954 Quen Elizabeth II (King George VI's daughter) visited the gardens and used a ceremonial key to unlock the gates.
We fist visited the garden together during our 2007 trip and most recently we returned in 2010. The garden appears to have had a makeover since our last visit but it was still as beautiful as we remembered it to be.
Sandringham Gardens in located in Hyde Park. The gardens were created for King George VI to look like the King's home in Sandringham England. The King died before the planned visit in 1953. In 1954 Quen Elizabeth II (King George VI's daughter) visited the gardens and used a ceremonial key to unlock the gates.
We visited the gardens in the early morning sunshine and it was beautiful. There were no other people but us and the Garden has a peaceful quietness about it.
In Hye Park by the Australia Museum was an interesting structure. Uon closer inspection it was once a working water fountain. The structure was quite beautiful in a reddish terracotta color with high arches and intricate carvings.
Hyde Park was a wonderful park in the heart of the city. Hyde Park was named after the famous Hyde Park in London and for me it has the same charm. We visited at the perfect time of year when the weather was not too hot and the park was lush and green. The park has beautiful trees and fountains and plenty of places to relax and get lost in thought. My favorite part of the park was the Archibald Fountain. Surrounding the park is St. Mary's Cathedral, The Australia Museum, Anzac Memorial and the hospital.
Chris and I spent our first morning in Sydney stroling through the park in the early morning light. We stopped for a bagel at a cafe and enjoyed our breakfast on a nice park bench.
We came back several times during our trip and the park was full of activity,joggers, children playing games, vendors seeling snacks and beverages, people picnicing, skaters, bike riders and a nightime food festival.
The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde part close to St. Mary's Cathedral. The fountain was donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 to honor Australia's contribution to WWI. The fountain was designed by François Sicard. The fountain is a large basin which has The Greek Gods Apollo and Diana. The figures of Apollo and Dina are used to represent the Beauty and Light in nature. Pliny represntes the sun and it's life giving warmth. Theseus slaying the Minotaur is a symbol of the triumph of good over evil and represents the victory of WWI.
The fountain is a large focal point in the part and the spray of water creates a beautiful scene. We were fortunate to first set eyes on teh fountain in the light of the early morning. The sun reflected bautifully off of the water and the figures.
Hyde Park is a nice spot to refresh yourself and relax in Sydney. This beautiful park can give you some shelter from the sun. The Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Pool of Reflection is worth a visit. It is located in south end of the park. On north end of the park you will see Archibald Fountain. Opposite Archibald Fountain, you can also visit St Mary's Cathedral.
Such a large area in the centre of the city to walk ..relax or just cool off under one of the many large trees ..join the many Sydneysiders having lunch or just enjoying this tranquil place...an attraction here is the Archibald Fountain .J.F.Archibald willed this lovely fountain as a gift to the city of Sydney and his fellow countrymen as a memorial to the association between the French and Australian peoples of World War 1. Erected in 1932 it is the work of sculture Francoise Sicard of Paris. The walkway through the park makes for some good photo opportunities..maybe just sit and watch the people pass by..