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

Fee: No

Regular 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


Rated 4.6 out of 5Hyde Park Star Rating

4 Star Rating A giant park that is near Town Center. It is a lovely place to take a break from the surrounding concrete jungle. The park is relatively big, and it is great to jog around dinner areas. The change in scenery can help maintain the interest while jogging. The fountain is located at the walking path and it is a lovely spot.

Luke L'sk - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating A huge city park. Divided by Park Street. Lots of spot of memorial statue, building, fountain, small garden, even 2 train station underground, etc. Clean and tidy. Just relax, sit on many benches and enjoy the views.

Marko Smith - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I was impressed with the park. The park is kept landscaped and clean. The day I went, the weather was nice and people were enjoying picnics or laying down. Hyde Park is a good central landmark for using public transportation. The Anzac Memorial is located in Hyde Park. I did not see the unhoused or people asking for money in the park. Not saying they aren't there, just the different routes I took I did not see them.

Kelly Christian - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Spectacular park, established from 1810- 1927. I have been a wanderer of this park for over 35 years and still find it to be very interesting and exciting. With so much to enjoy, you'll want to spend the day here visiting many water fountains, the views of Sydney are awesome,many iconic landmarks can be spotted from here. Go for a picnic or just relax and enjoy. Don't forget to feed the posums with your kids at dusk, they love bread,pls don't get too close,they are people friendly but we must respect their wild animals. This beautifully maintained park has so much colour. The war museum at the West end is a must.

Rena Loucas - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Super green space in the city of Sydney. An abundance of well-established trees with large grassed areas, benches, a flowered amphitheatre, views of St Mary's cathedral...simply stunning, clean and peaceful.

Marcelle Armstrong - 1 month ago

Accommodations near Hyde Park:


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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