Sydney's Hyde Park is made up of 16 hectares of lush greenery and open space. As the weather begins to warm up, the park brings flocks of locals and tourists soaking up the sun and socialising on weekends.
On any given day you'll find Sydneysiders relaxing with a picnic, walking or lazing about in this little stretch of nature amongst Sydney's concrete chaos. The park is filled with benches making it the perfect place to stop by after a day of exploring the city or instead opt for the soft green grass to stretch out on. Standing tall are Hyde Park's beautiful leafy trees that bring shade from Sydney's intense sun. Home to over 580 native and exotic trees, get a beautiful fix of nature after a busy city day.
What once was a racecourse and sporting ground, now sits the lush, green Hyde Park. Take a wander down the central pathway paved with fig trees canopying above you. Whether you're searching for some creative inspiration, a relaxing oasis or just a change of scenery, Hyde Park provides a beautiful sanctuary away from the city's hustle and bustle.
Running through the heart of Hyde Park is Park Street, which acts as a defining point to split the park into north and south. Take a wander through Hyde Park north, and you will pass by dramatic monuments like the Archibald Fountain, filled with ancient mythology and water streams. Continue to Hyde Park south, and you'll find the Pool of Reflection and ANZAC Memorial standing tall. Created in Art Deco style as a tribute to soldiers who died in World War I, spend some time walking through the photographic exhibition to learn about the war. Throughout the park, you will find several other war monuments, including the 125-foot obelisk. For something different head to the north side of the park to experience, the Giant Chess set in Nayoga Gardens. The garden is lined with lanterns and water features, displaying Japanese flora like plum trees and bamboo as well as purple azaleas and mondo grass.
Sydney's public transport connecting the park is in abundance, making it a great rest stop to break up a day of sightseeing, with two train stations below the park: Museum and St James. Hyde Park is accessible, and public toilets are available throughout. For cyclists, you can leave your bike at the designated bike parking.
The park also hosts several events and parties too, like the Sydney Food and Wine Fair and Sydney Festival. Hyde Park's great central point and ample space make it the perfect place for events and community gatherings.
Hyde Park is Australia's oldest park and was named after the well-known park in London by Governor Macquarie in 1810. Spend your day exploring Sydney's luscious park in the heart of the city centre bringing a touch of nature in between the city lights; the perfect place to relax and unwind.