Hyde Park Sydney

Hyde Park is a beautiful oasis and popular gathering place in the heart of Sydney

Overlooking the northern portion of Hyde Park from Sydney Tower
Overlooking the northern portion of Hyde Park from Sydney Tower cc licensed photo by anaru

Hyde park in Sydney is a beautiful park with a rich history and many interesting monuments. The park also has two train stations, making it very easy to get to by train and it is also within easy walking distance of a Light Rail Station.

Located just south of the Central Business District, this 40 acre park has been used for a variety of sporting and recreational activities and for military training drills since the early days of the Colony. In 1810 it was named Hyde Park, after the famous Hyde Park in London, by Governor Macquarie who dedicated the space to "recreation and amusement of the inhabitants of the town and a field of exercises for the troops" In that same year it became the site of the first official horse race in Australia.

Today Hyde Park shows off numerous interesting monuments and two themed gardens. The Nagoya Garden celebrates the relationship of Sydney with it's Japanese sister-city Nagoya. The Sandringham Garden is a memorial to King George V and King George VI. A major focal point at the northern end of the park is the Archibald Fountain donated in 1932 to commemorate Australia's contributions to France during WW1 and, at the southern end, the ANZAC War Memorial which sits at the head of the Lake of Reflections. The Obelisk dedicated by the Mayor of Sydney in 1857, is actually a cleverly disguised sewer vent, something that didn't come out until after its unveiling! There are several other monuments as well, but we'll leave them for you to discover.

In its early years, pedestrians often cut through Hyde Park sometimes interfering with sports activities and today you too may find yourself cutting across this beautiful park as a short cut to several Sydney attractions.

Nearby attractions: Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney Tower, and the Australian Museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Hyde Park Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Address: Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9265 9333

Official Website: Hyde Park

Hyde Park Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Nestled in the heart of the city, this park is a hidden gem amidst the urban landscape. Despite its central location, it offers a peaceful retreat from the noise and chaos of city life. Surrounded by towering buildings, its tranquil ambiance and verdant surroundings provide a welcome respite for visitors seeking solace and serenity in the midst of the bustling metropolis.
Viktorija Ilioska - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating A tangible sense of history, loving wrapped in beautiful gardens, paths and open spaces, enriched by monuments and installations. Well worth any amount of time that you can spend here.
Greg Noble - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Totally appreciate the trees around this park. We included this spot on our city walk trail. Imagine we walk from Circular quay to Royal Botanic Gardens to Art Gallery NSW to Hyde Park and many more in one day.
Noreen M - a week ago

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4 Star Rating Hyde Park has different vibes. It is a huge and beautiful park in the heart of Sydney City. Extremely clean, very well maintained, and close to the station. In Hyde Park, you will see a different type of people, different generations enjoying their time. Some people come to see Cathedral, some come to see fountain, some people just come and sit and enjoy the greenery / nature in a concrete jungle around. I have also seen people bring their mat and pray 🙏 🤲🏻. People plan their picnics here. Birthdays, maternity shoots, wedding shoots, etc The bathrooms 🚻 are there in the park. Hyde Park is definitely one of my favourite parks in Sydney.
Anudnya Kulkarni - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating Hyde Park in Sydney is a true urban gem, offering a piece of tranquility and nature amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. This beautiful park, known for its well-preserved and meticulously maintained greenery, serves as a peaceful oasis for city dwellers and visitors alike. Its incredible avenue, planted with majestic trees, creates shaded pathways, ideal for walks and relaxation. The park is filled with benches strategically placed for visitors to sit, relax, and enjoy the beauty of nature. These benches are perfect for reading a book, watching passersby, or simply enjoying moments of peace and silence. Hyde Park is not just a place for relaxation, but it is also full of historical monuments and art installations, adding cultural depth to the visit. The park offers a variety of activities, from morning jogs to afternoon picnics, and is a popular gathering place for various events and celebrations. Thanks to its central location and easy accessibility, Hyde Park is an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful refuge or simply wishing to enjoy the beauty of nature in an urban setting. Its combination of natural beauty, tranquility, and cultural value makes Hyde Park an invaluable landmark in the heart of Sydney.
Igor Bjeli - 3 months ago

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Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail - L1Capitol Square10 minutes
T2- T3, or T8St. James or Museum0 minutes

How to get to Hyde Park by Train

By Light Rail L1: Exit at Capital Square and proceed east on Hay Street then left (north) on Elizabeth Street.

By Train: Take Train T2, T3, or T8 and get off at Museum Station or St. James Station. Both are located right in the park, St. James at the northern end and Museum at the southern end.

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