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

Official Website: Hyde Park Sydney

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Category: Parks

Address: Elizabeth St
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9265 9333

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5 Star Rating Sydney's Central Park! This park is a wonderful focal point for the City of Sydney! This public park has gorgeous fountains depicting Greek literature... Read More

Curt C. Mar-03-2019

5 Star Rating I came across this park on my way back to my Hotel a block away. It's located across the street from St.Mary's Cathedral in the business district, It's the... Read More

Theresa H. Sep-10-2018

5 Star Rating Hyde Park is a lush community park in the heart of Sydney's central business district. I've been here a few times over the course of my stay in the city.... Read More

Ed L. Sep-18-2018

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Directions

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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