Hyde Park is a perfect place to rest your legs after a visit to the adjacent Australian Museum, which is the oldest in the country.
Hyde Park is the oldest public parkland in Australia. Occupying a full 40 acres in the middle of Sydney’s Central Business District, it is the ideal place to take a few hours’ break from a busy sightseeing schedule.
Pulling No Punches
Named after the original Hyde Park in London by Governor Macquarie in 1810, it has been a favourite with Sydneysiders for almost as long as the city has existed. In its early days, it was predominantly used as a sports ground, with rugby, cricket, quoits and hurling all being played here at various times of year, although the sportsmen were frequently forced to share their turf with the army, who used it to practise drill. One of the less savoury activities staged here was bareknuckle boxing. Often consisting of bouts between convicts organised by British Army officers, an intimidating precedent was set in 1814 when the very first fight lasted for no fewer than 56 rounds.
Unsurprisingly, things have changed rather a lot in Hyde Park in the ensuing two hundred years. Its wide-open expanses are perfect for a picnic in the sun or a wander among the hundreds of leafy trees and pretty benches. The attractive centrepiece of the park is the Archibald Fountain. It consists of a dripping bronze Apollo surrounded by horses, dolphins and tortoises, and was donated to the city by J.F. Archibald in 1932 in honour of Australia’s efforts in France during WWI. Towards the south end of the park lies the Anzac Memorial, the most important war monument in Australia.
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