Hyde Park, Sydney

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    Hyde Park

    by Canadienne Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Anzac Memorial, Sydney

    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.

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by Canadienne Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

    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.

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    Archibald Fountain

    by LadyRVG Updated Jul 29, 2009

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    What a lovely fountain....
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    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.

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    A Walk in Hyde Park

    by llauraa Updated May 9, 2005

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    Fountain in Hyde Park

    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

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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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    Stroll Through Hyde Park, Always a Joy to Visit!

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 13, 2008

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    Scenic Hyde Park is one of our family's fave spots- whatever the season! It is easily accessible as it is at the heart of the city of Sydney. You will not miss it as it is just right across St. Mary's Cathedral which is an imposing building.

    Wander through lush gardens, hundred year old magnificent trees, mostly spectacular Moreton Bay fig trees (my favourite) with their leafy shades lining the walkways and offering solace from the chaos of the city.

    Other features of this park are lush gardens with blooming flowers, leafy trees and shrubs, and the very popular fountain,majestic Archibald Fountain. This fountain was designed by François Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia's contribution to the Great War in France. Also at the northern end are the Nagoya Gardens featuring a giant outdoor chess set and the entrance to the underground St. James railway station.

    Don't take my word for it, this park, named after London's original Hyde Park is a joy to visit!

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 12, 2008

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    Built in 1819, this is one of the few remaining convict barracks in Sydney. Inside is a musuem dedicated to showing convict life in this building. After the end of the convict system, this building is currently being used as a home for single women and government offices.

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    The Hyde Park

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    Archibald Fountain

    The Hyde Park is a good place to start your sightseeing in Sydney. The Park is located close to St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Parliament House (see my other tips) – and within walking distance to the Darling Harbour.

    The Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London. It has been used as a recreation area since 1792, first as a racecourse and later as a cricket ground.

    In the centre of Hyde Park you’ll find the Archibald Fountain, unveiled in 1932 in honour of Australia’s contribution to the Great War in France.

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    by MikeAtSea Written Jan 11, 2005

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    Hyde Park Barracks

    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.

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    Hyde Park Water Fountain

    by LadyRVG Updated Oct 9, 2009

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    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.

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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 Barracks

    by saw50st8 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Adult $10
    Child/Concession $5
    Family $20
    Members free

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    Relax within the heart of the city at Hyde Park

    by Joseph69 Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Many people use this park to go from A to B, but it's also really nice to enjoy this park so close to the city centre and enjoy a little serenity.

    There is a cafe at the northern end of Hyde park (next to St James railway station) if you feel like grabbing a coffee or a sandwich to take with you. There is also a giant chess board nearby the station, which is pretty cool.

    Don't forget the southern area of the park, where the War Memorial stands in front of the Pool of Rememberance.

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    Hyde Park

    by cal6060 Written Jul 18, 2011

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    Hyde Park, Sydney
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    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.

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    Hyde Park

    by dlandt Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    Hyde Park

    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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