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Green Respite from the City's Hustle & Bustle
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.
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SYDNEY..HYDE PARK..WAR MEMORIAL...VIEW..
When in Hyde Park you may like to visit The War Memorial..These memorials to Australians are very revered sites ..and most travellers view only from the outside ..but inside the Memorial downstairs is a small military museum and anyone with a military interest ..there are many items and uniforms etc.from the First and Second World Wars...also films are usually being shown of different conflicts...when I was there.. there was a film of the Australian Light Horse in the Middle East...very interesting...THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE..
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Get your greenery. Spend some time in Hyde Park
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.
The Barracks at Hyde Park
We didn't have time to explore the interior of the Barracks. Reading my guide book I have a better understanding of what this structure was used for and what is its main purpose now.
I was originally contructed to house convicts, later it was used as a hostel to house immigrant women and then used as a courthouse.
Currently, this structure is a musuem highlighting the building's history and Sydney's colonial life.
The ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park
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.
Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park
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. : )
King George V and VI Gardens/Ampitheater
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.
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.
The Archibald Fountain is the first thing we saw upon entering Hyde Park. The fountain is very nice. It a popular spot for wedding pictures and to meet up with friends. We of course took our "touristy" pics in front of the fountain.
The fountain was constructed to commemorate the Australians involvement with the French in WWI.
RELAX IN HYDE PARK
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..
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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?
A GREEN SPACE
Hyde Park is a terrific green space in the city between Elizabeth St and College St.
Perfect spot to sit for a while on one of the many seats or sprawl out on the grass as lots of others do.
Don't miss the ANZAC War Memorial, it's a tribute to those who died in World War 1. It is open Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 1am - 4pm.
At the other end of the park you'll find the Archibald Fountain. A great spot for photo oppotunities!
A Beautiful Park in the Heart of the City
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.
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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.
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Named after its London counterpart, Hyde Park is a welcome bit of green in the middle of the city. It used to be the city's racecourse until the 1820s. Then it became somewhat sleazy, attracting the undesirables and hosting private sports such as boxing and wrestling.
But now all has changed, and its an oasis of green and spectacular avenues of enormous Moreton Bay Fig Trees . These days it attracts both tourists and office-workers. It also acts as a sort of demarkation line and the end, on the eastern and southern side at least, of the CBD.
At the southern end of the park is the art deco Anzac War Memorial; at the northern end the Archibald Fountain, commemorating the Australian-French Alliance of 1914-18. (It's also a great meeting point). To the east, the park is overlooked by the massive St Mary's Cathedral
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