Hyde Park, Sydney

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    King George V and VI Gardens/Ampitheater

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    In the middle section of Hyde Park, namely the area slightly NE of the Park Street and Elizabeth Street intersection, lies a rose garden and small ampitheater dedicated in honor of King(s) George V and VI. The dedication reflects Australia's long history and ties to the United Kingdom. They don't say "for king and country" for nothing, right?

    But, due to a continued rise in Republican attitudes (Aussie Republicans, not US), they're saying it a lot less often.

    This was a pleasant and peaceful corner of the park. And, I'm sure it's spectacular in spring in summer as the blooms are at their peak.

    King George Gardens and Ampitheater, Hyde Park

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    Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    At the northern end of Hyde Park (the area adjacent to St. James Road/Prince Albert Street, lies the Archibald Fountain.

    As with any great fountain, EVERYTHING involved seems to be spitting water. The centerpieces of the fountain feature statues of Diana and Apollo, sans habiliments as usual. Quite honestly, looking at Apollo, the water must be cold. :^/

    And, I like the turtles surrounding the fountain spitting streams of water, too. There's something about a fountain on a hot day that makes you feel a few degrees cooler. If I lived in Sydney, I'd slide by here on hot summer days in December. (My, how that sounds strange. : )

    Apollo says, WARM UP THE WATER !

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    Get your greenery. Spend some time in Hyde Park

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    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.

    Shady promenade in Sydney's Hyde Park

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    The ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park

    by 850prc Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    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.

    The ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park

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    A Walk in Hyde Park

    by llauraa Updated May 9, 2005

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    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

    Fountain in Hyde Park

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    War memorial

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    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

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    Step 12: Hyde Park

    by Maximilian21 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    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.

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    Hyde Park

    by wkcsmt Written Feb 25, 2005

    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.

    Archibald Fountain
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    HYDE PARK

    by BerniShand Written Feb 22, 2005

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    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

    the beautiful Archibald Fountain
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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    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.

    Hyde Park Barracks
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    Green Respite from the City's Hustle & Bustle

    by aussiedoug Written Dec 17, 2004

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    HYDE PARK

    It's funny how you see something so often ,yet know so little about it so yesterday I decided to undertake a decent exploration of Hyde Park.

    What I've discovered, to your benefit dear reader, is that this is a really worthwhile place to enjoy over a couple of hours.

    It has some fascinating history that you have to put your imagination hard to work to envisage as it's not evident at all. It's hard to believe that when Governor Lachlan Macquarie developed this park in 1810(named after its counterpart in London) as a part of his grand plan for Sydney it began as an exercise & recreation area for his 73rd regiment & the officers actually laid out a racetrack that ran for just over 2Km. Apparently there was a grandstand that I believe would be pretty well where Bar Quattro & St James Station is.This was so successful that it continued (except for a 5 year break after the 73rd was transferred out) until around March 1825.

    I found it difficult to conjure up images of any of this, but there is plenty to enjoy without having to relive the history. That's why you can allow yourself a couple of hours. You can use it to relax & recharge the batteries after busy sightseeing &/or shopping. You can take a picnic lunch or a simple couple of sandwiches & a drink (as so many of the city workers do) & just relax if you want. There are many ways to enjoy this lovely place. There are a number of statues with different stories & of course there is the not to be missed ANZAC War Memorial which I will add as a stand alone tip because I believe it to be worthy of such. You can start at Bar Quattro with a coffee & a snack or you could finish there for lunch, but be warned it would be best to book your table that morning as I went the other day for lunch & couldn't get a table.

    Hyde Park is bounded by Elizabeth St in the west, College St in the east, St James Rd (which turns into Prince Albert Rd at the sthn end of Macquarie St) in the north & Liverpool St in the south.

    Archibald Fountain thru' to ANZAC War Memorial
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    Hyde Park

    by martin_nl Updated Nov 3, 2004

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    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?

    Fountain in Hyde Park

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    Hyde Park

    by dlandt Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    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.

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by Canadienne Written Mar 31, 2003

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    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 Barracks, Sydney
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    Hyde Park

    by Canadienne Written Mar 31, 2003

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    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.

    Anzac Memorial, Sydney
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