Visit Australia's oldest park for a peaceful, relaxing, and intriguing stroll. Hyde Park, named after the park of the same name in London, is a central open green space for all to enjoy. The park was originally a racecourse and sporting ground which hosted many different competitions on a regular basis. The serene setting is popular among local office workers who want some fresh air, and some time away from the rat race. Join them for a walk among the greenery.
Amble up the pathway through the park and take in the picturesque surroundings. The tiled path is lined with figs and links two of the park's main features: the Archibald Fountain and the War Memorial. The War Memorial is a 1934 art deco tribute to the Anzac soldiers who died in World War I. The memorial stands 30 m above the Pool of Remembrance, and underneath the monument lies a photographic exhibition about the war. Another war monument, featuring a gun from the German light cruiser SMS Emden, is located at the Oxford Street entrance to the park. In the very center of the park stands the ever-popular Archibald Fountain, which commemorates collaboration of France and Australia during World War I. Carved statues of figures from Greek mythology adorn the fountain, which was named after the founding editor of the Australian weekly newspaper, The Bulletin.
The northern section of the park features a number of theme gardens, which include Sandringham and Nagoya Gardens. These are full of public art works, monuments, and water features to enjoy as you wander around these quiet green spaces. The park contains around 580 mature exotic and native trees, including the Hill's Figs which line the central pedestrian avenue. On the western side of the park, there's a giant playable chess set. Enjoy some family fun with the pieces and see if you triumph against your opponent!
At the center of Sydney life
The park plays host to a number of cultural events that can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the year including the Sydney Festival, Australia Day, ANZAC Day, and the Food and Wine Fair. Check the events calendar online before you visit to see if you're lucky enough to be staying in Sydney while they're happening. The park can be accessed from the city in a variety of ways. St James and Museum railway stations are both on the Park's boundary, while the best Sydney Explorer stop to alight from is stop number 15. After your visit to the park, you could also head next door to see the popular Australian Museum.