The Hyde Park Barracks has a fascinating history having served numerous roles since opening in 1819. Located at adjacent to the northeast corner of Hyde Park this historical building was ironically designed by a convict for convicts.
In 1848 there was a huge need for women to be brought into the Colony due to a population imbalance and the need for more workers, servants and mothers. Due to this demand, Hyde Park Barracks became the processing centre for 1000s of immigrating women and even many children. In 1862 wards were added to the top floor for women with no means to support themselves.
In 1887 the Barracks were renamed Chancery Square and converted to Government offices and courtrooms where, over the years, thousands of public service employees worked out of cramped and run down offices.
Finally, in the late 1970s the Hyde Park Barracks were cleaned up and converted to a museum about their own amazing history - well worth the nominal cost of admission. If you are hungry before or after your visit, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch in the elegant Hyde Park Barracks Cafe.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Hyde Park BarracksFee: Yes
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- Monday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Category: Landmarks & Historical Buildings Museums
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 8239 2311
Mke K. Dec-15-2018
A very informative and important museum/piece of Australian history. While there have done a good job preserving some things and recreating others of this... Read More
Paul L. Jul-06-2018
I'd say this museum is a must-see for anyone who wants to learn more about Australia's past. It may not look like much from the outside, but there is so... Read More
Celeste B. Feb-18-2017
One of the highlights of my visit to Sydney was the visit to the Barracks. An insightful look into the past of Australia and the inhumanity of the... Read More
Accommodations near Hyde Park Barracks:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail L2||QVB||8 minutes|
|T2, T3, or T8||St. James||2 minutes|
How to get to Hyde Park Barracks by Train
By Light Rail L2: Exit at the QVB Stop, proceed north on George Street, and right (east) on Market Street to Hyde Park. Follow the path northeast to the Macquarie Street Entrance and cross Prince Albert Road.
By Train: Take T2, T3, or T8 to James Station and proceed northeast through Hyde Park as above.
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