Although gazetted as a public park (common) in 1810 by Governor Macquarie and named after Hyde Park in London, today’s park was not recognizable in its current form until 1927, when architect and landscape artist Norman Weekes won a competition to beautify the area. Prior to this, the park was used as a sports field, a racecourse and a venue for bareknuckle fights!
The tiled central avenue that cuts through the park from Macquarie Street to the ANZAC Memorial is lined with Hill’s Figs and is a lovely place to seek shade on a hot day.
Hyde Park plays an important role in a number of cultural events throughout the year and is the venue for the Sydney Festival, Australia Day, ANZAC Day and the Food & Wine Fair.
Hyde Park runs parallel to George St and is bounded by Elizabeth St to the west and College St to the east. If traveling by train, get off at either the St James or Museum railway stations.
Tours & Tickets
Discover Sydney and its surroundings on a full-day tour that combines a morning visit to Manly with an afternoon tour of downtown Sydney and a drive out to see ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Capture the essence of Sydney on this afternoon coach tour of the city’s many famous attractions, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
See Sydney's most famous icons in just one morning! Cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for views of the world renowned Sydney Opera House at various vantage ... Read more
Duration: 3.5-hours or 6-hours
Experience the best of Sydney during a harbor lunch cruise, afternoon coach tour and dinner with a view. Set out on the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour and ... Read more
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)