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Address: Oxford St. | Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales 2021, Australia
Phone Number: +61 (0)2 9339 3303
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Magnificent Colonial Heritage

The Australian Army's Victoria Barracks in Sydney is a direct working link back to the earliest days of the settlement of Australia and the establishment of the colony of New... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

The Australian Army's Victoria Barracks in Sydney is a direct working link back to the earliest days of the settlement of Australia and the establishment of the colony of New South Wales. It is a magnificent Regency-style building built of Hawkesbury sandstone by convicts between 1841 and 1846. The main barrack block, which is believed to be the longest sandstone... More 

Thank dwbrown555
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Victoria Barracks is a short bus ride from the centre of Sydney. Every Thursday at 10 am a dedicated band of guides who are all retired servicemen will take you on a tour of the buildings which are open to the public. This is still a working Defence establishment so some areas are off limits. Around the parade ground are... More 

Thank Jennifer F
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Yeah so European settlement here was just 230 years ago so don't expect history like Europe & the UK. This place was a working garrison/barracks more that a century ago but no more. These days it's basically offices in a mix of heritage building and new ones enclosed by a sandstone/brick wall. The main building is impressive facing the grassed... More 

Thank Andrew N
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

I met my husband here 52 years ago and hadn't been back. It was great to see that the place was still being used as a secure venue, and to see the chapel and museum which weren't there in the early 60s. (Maybe the chapel was, but I didn't know!)

Thank Diedre_11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I visit Victoria Barrack as part of my training. That place is beautiful.. All its 18th century historical buildings are well preserve.

Thank Wisnu D
Leichhardt, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Available Thursday's from 10am to 1pm is the opportunity to get behind the scenes on a free guided tour of the Barracks and entry into the NSW Army Museum. Guided by a retired Army vet you get the full story of the 175 year history of this site. Both 11yo & 9yo were kept interested and I had no idea... More 

3 Thank David M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is the largest barracks in the southern hemisphere and has been continually occupied since 1840. You can visit on Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00. The guides are older, retired military gentlemen and will give you an individual tour at no charge. The barracks are interesting, historic buildings and the guides have plenty of information and personalized stories. The guides... More 

8 Thank jimandcarolstravels
Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My partner is a student at the UNSW campus across the street, and we always look over the tall sandstone walls wondering what is in there. They are only open on Thursday mornings, and Sundays by appointment, so I took the opportunity of an open Thursday to see what it was all about. When you arrive, you go through ID... More 

10 Thank kmt8
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

A link with our military past. The Barracks have been faithfully maintained to give visitors a sense of the military traditions of the past. The sandstone buildings give you the feeling of days gone by.

3 Thank Neil D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Still very much part of our Defence Force. Victoria Barracks offers tours of this historical facility - well worth doing. And if you every have the opportunity to have dinner in the Officer's Mess (I have) then don't knock it back.

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Named after its London namesake, the suburb of Paddington showcases streets lined with restored Victorian terrace houses with very distinctive features, like high ceilings and cast-iron balconies. It is home to some of Sydney’s most prestigious art galleries, including the Wagner Art Gallery and the Butler Good Gallery, as well as the tourist attraction, Paddington Markets, located in the grounds surrounding the Paddington Uniting Church and Paddington Public School. Paddington is a hub for high-end shopping featuring famous contemporary Australian designers, as well as up-market spas. Foodies are drawn to Paddington for well-known Australian chefs, modern and traditional Italian food, fantastic coffee, passionate brewers and even handmade chocolates.