Hyde Park Sydney

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

During the Sydney Festival you can visit the free Meriton Festival Village in the north end of Hyde Park near the Achibald Fountain. There will be many events happening from January 7th to 26th with Family Week from January 12th to 16th between 10am and 3pm.

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

Address: Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: (02) 9265 9333

Official Website: Hyde Park Sydney


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square10 minutes
T2 or T3St. James or Museum0 minutes

How to get to Hyde Park Sydney by Train

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

By Train: Take Train T2 or T3 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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Hyde Park Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is a lovely green area in the middle of Sydney, with interesting architecture around the perimeter; easy public transport, and some reasonable food options (I can particularly recommend the hot dog cart at 2am, when it suddenly becomes a great idea). No visit to the city is complete without a trip to Hyde Park.

Brett Mount - 18 hours ago

5 Star Rating BEAUTIFUL PARK RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF SYDNEY CITY. Full of trees, greenery and heaps of seats and grass to sit on. Its hugely popular but you don't get the feeling of being crowded. Well lit at night

Ian Woodruff - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This is my favourite park. My boyfriend and I spend so much free time reading here. There's two parts to it and a lot of the time there's people playing guitar or something so it's a nice place

Melissa Lenis - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Green lush park in the middle of city with Captain Cooks statue and other sculptures standing tall. Covered with very old thick trees, a very quiet and peaceful environment you can spend your time relaxing here. Simply love this place for afternoon walks.

Muhammad Sohail - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Love this park so much, the trees are incredible and I get such a great feeling here. Wish more parks were this charming. Only complaint I have is the rat traps all over the park...

Roni B - 1 month ago


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