One of my favorite parts of New York City is Central Park. When I'm in Munich, I love the Englischer Garten, even when it's too cold for the nudists. Frankfurt's Palmengarten makes me smile, too. OK, a pattern has developed...
I'm a salad-eating, great wide open greenspace lover. My wife and daughter are cut from the same outdoorsy cloth. We love parks, and just relaxing. We love watching the people......oldsters out strolling together, in a way I can imagine them doing for six decades or more.......kids playing guitars, although I sometimes would choose different songs.......young parents showing their happy toddlers the ducks in a pond......street artists making magic using a lump of charcoal and a wallet photo.
You get the idea. We love city parks.
Sydney's Hyde Park is another place that we enjoyed spending a little time. By above standards (Central Park, English Garden..), it's not very big. But the large, tree-lined central promenade is a great place to both walk and sit on a bench. At the edge of the park are several beautiful churchs. There are the pre-requisite food stands available, too.
Hyde Park also features the lovely Archbald Fountain, the George V and VI memorial rose garden and ampitheater, and the impressive ANZAC Memorial.
Hyde Park is a restful and entertaining place to spend a few afternoon hours. And at night, the trees in the central promenade light up with tiny twinkling lights. It give the area an air of magic that you won't forget.
Located at the south end of Hyde Park, the ANZAC Memorial pays tribute to the Australian and New Zealander forces who served and died in service of "king and country" in the two world wars. ANZAC stands for Australia-New Zealand Army Corps.
The ANZAC forces are perhaps best known for a battle they lost, despite incredible heroism. Much in the way that Texans honor the vanquished at the Alamo, Australians and New Zealanders are hugely proud of the sacrifice their forces made at Gallipoli, Turkey during WWI. The battle occurred in 1915, and in retrospect, the whole scenario was nothing more than a huge suicide mission. The ANZACs never had a chance. Australians will tell you that the British (aka the "Poms" in Australia) sent the ANZACs into an impossible situation.
Well, impossible or not, the ANZACs held on at Gallipoli for far longer than they ever should have, showing courage and class in the excruciating defeat. It's clear, when you visit this somber and classic monument, that their sacrifice will forever be remembered by the peoples of the South Pacific.
NOTE....no indoor photography is allowed at the monument. A proper air of quiet reflection and dignity is maintained at all times. In addition to the main monument, there is a subterranean area with memoribilia from the foreign campaigns in which the ANZAC forces served and died for the British Crown.
Hyde Park is a large and picturesque area East of the main CBD area [South of the Bridge] and not a far walk from the 'Cant-miss -it Opera House'. From here you can almost turn 360 deg and see all the other points of interest in the area: St Mary's Cathedral, Macquarie Street - which is a lovely historical walk where you can find our old parliament house [ still in use by government offices] and of course the main shopping centre. You can see Centrepoint Tower - also a ' Thing to Do' From the park, it is also a short walk to Art Gallery of NSW, the NSW State Library and if you continue north towards the Opera House from the park, you will come across the entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The best thing about all these parks and gardens is that they are free, and some of the City's most gorgeous landscapes and harbour scenery
I usually walk through Hyde Prk until i get to the war memorial.
This place is a memorial to those who died in the ubandance of wars which Australia has taken part in. Its a memorial with a very sombre atmosphere in a very picturesque envirmonment
Across the road from the cathedral is Hyde park. A place i often frequent because there are many a political rally there, but also beccause its really beautiful and also a great place to just chill out.
Hyde Park in the heart of Sydney, is where crowds of people gather during Sydney's outdoor festivals.
I was fasinated with the Archibald Fountain (pictured on the left) which marks the northern end of Hyde Park. This is the work of French sculptor Francois Sicard. It depicts a bronze Apollo surrounded by other mythical figures. Horses’ heads, dolphins and tortoises exuberantly spray jets of water. It was erected in 1932 as a gift to the City of Sydney bequeathed in the will of J F Archibald. It is intended to commemorate the association between Australia and France in World War I.
Park Street divides Hyde Park, to the south is the beautiful Anzac Memorial and to the north is the Sandringham Memorial Garden
its an oasis of green in the middle of the city, a pleasant place to sit or stroll, or to picnic on a sunny day, admire the lovely Archibald Fountain which was built to commemorate the the ties between France and Australia in WWI there is even a giant chess set if you want to test your wits, the park is almost 200 years old
This building originally housed convicts. It was designed in 1819 by Governor Macquarie and a convict architect named Francis Greenway. Now it is a museum of Australian history, with particular emphasis on the life of Francis Greenway and the history of this building.
Almost everyday I used to walk through Hyde Park. It's quite a nice park with this big fountain. On sunny days the place is packed with people sunbathing or enjoying the shades under one of the many trees. If you get here in the evening walk quietly and you might see a couple of possums, or the odd shagging couple if you walk here very late, or should I say early?
A walk through Hyde Park is relaxing and refreshing. I highly recommend it as you move about the city. Best thing is, its free! There are a few statues of local historical figures, and of course the ANZAC Memorial at the south end.
Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks also served as shelter for Irish orphans, lone female immigrants, then later became legal offices and courts.
Today, you can tour the interior and view exhibits on the history of the site ~ it makes for a couple of interesting hours.
Hyde Park contains a couple of fountains, some statuary and a sunken garden as well. It's a lovely place to drop in for a break from city sight-seeing. The Anzac Memorial is also found here ~ it's a striking Art Deco building facing a reflecting pool. You can apparently enter to visit a military museum, but we were enjoying the outdoors too much to bother.
If you are looking for a pleasant escape or an end to a long day of walking through the beautiful city of Sydney, why not make it in Hyde Park. As I mentioned earlier, I suggest starting in Leni Park, I also suggest ending it in Hyde Park. This park is located at a pleasant stopping point within the downtown area and it is nice enough for a lunch and some pictures of your newly tanned bodies. Here is a photo of the park's fountain.
Hydepark was founded in 1810 by govenor Macquarie and named after the park in London. Once the colony’s first racetrack and cricket pitch.
Now it is an oasis of peace in the middle of the busy citycentre witha grand avenue of trees and delightful fountains like the beautiful bronze and granite Archibald Fountain.
The 30m high Anzac Memorial in Art deco style dates from 1834 and commemorates the Australians who were killed for their country. Inside the building you will find fee exhibition covering the nine overseas conflicts in which Australians fought and many lost their lives.
This park is a little natural refuge in the midst of city centre. It's a good quiet rest place after a long day of site seeing or what have you. It's a lovely place to sit and have a muffin whilst you're waiting for the airline offices to open :) This fountain is a bit of a central fixture in the park.