University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is the oldest University in Australia and has two excellent museums and an art gallery

Main Quadrangle and Grand Tower of the University of Sydney
Main Quadrangle and Grand Tower of the University of Sydney cc licensed photo by Alex U

Founded in 1850, the University of Sydney was the first University founded in Australia. Due to it's antiquity, there are an abundance of beautiful historic buildings surrounded by pleasant grounds and gardens for you to explore and photograph. The most notable of the buildings is the original Neogothic Quadrangle and Great Tower buildings which were finished in 1862.

In addition to the many beautiful old buildings the University also boasts two excellent museums and an art gallery, all of which have free admission. The Nicholson Museum of Antiquities features Australia's largest collection of ancient artefacts - many from the Mediterranean region including ancient Mesopotamia. At the Macleay Museum you can explore a huge collection of insects, natural history exhibits, historic photographs and more. The University Art Gallery has a very diverse art collection with over 3000 works of art from Australia and around the world. It also hosts some excellent changing exhibitions. With free admission all of the above are a great bargain and alternative to other museums that charge - ideal if you are travelling on a budget. All three are open from 10am to 4:30pm on weekdays and from 1pm to 5pm on the first Saturday of each month and every Saturday in January.

All told, the University of Sydney, while not always the first thing on many tourist's lists of places to see, is well worth the visit. Central Station is the closest station and is within walking distance, but there are also plenty of bus routes that will take you right to the campus. See below for more information.


Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light Rail L2, T1, T2, T3, T4 or T8 + BusCentral Station7 minutes

How to get to University of Sydney by Train

By Light Rail or Train plus Bus: Exit at Central Station into Railway Square, cross Lee Street to Central Station Railway Square Stand M (a long, glass roofed bus shelter on George Street) (4 minutes), catch any of bus #412, 413, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 483, 480 or 483 going going west on George Street and get off on Parramatta Road at University Avenue. Walk south into the campus (3 minutes). If you prefer you can walk the entire way to the campus in under 20 minutes. You can also catch one of the above buses at Circular Quay Station or southbound on Elizabeth Street.

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