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The UNESCO listed Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation. Free...more
Part of Sydney's Living Museums this site is also one of Australia's 11 UNESCO World Heritage Convict Sites. The building itself is well preserved and there is an excellent display of items recovered during archaeological discoveries on site.
Amazingly interesting place to tour round. Well set up to do a self-guided your but we prefer a guided tour if possible, which we requested and they organised just for the 2 of us. Amy, our guide, was both accommodating and knowledgeable. Obviously loves her...More
What a wonderful piece of Australian history in the middle of Sydney. We didn't allow enough time to engulf ourselves into the depths of time, so if you are a history buff, allocate 1.5-2hrs. We bought a museum pass which provided access to...More
THere were some excellent insights into the early days of the New South Wales colony in general, and Old Sydney Town in particular. We had a really good time here. The exhibits and displays were well laid out, well labelled and had informative text.
Take a look at the building, then look across the road to St James church. See the similarity in style. St James was intended to be the court house that would send prisoners to the barracks, but those plans got changed and the place of...More
fascinating museum tracking the development of Sydney through the convicts and immigrants that passed through the building in the nineteenth century. You can check online if any of your encestors ere sent here from the UK
The barracks museum is really a really interesting building full of history. There are areas where the original brickwork has been left out so you can see what was there previously. It has a fully interactive tour with a headset which goes through the people...More
Got interested in visiting this museum after learning the early history of Sydney in the Rocks Walking Tour. The exhibits let us identify our knowledge with the reality. It was a great experience for me and it has made me want to learn about Shdney.
This is one of the oldest buildings in Sydney. Some the stories captured in the audio really do add to the experience. You get to walk through the whole building with lots to look at and some interactive displays such as being able to lay...More
We love the history of the early settlement of Sydney. Hyde Park Barracks are a great place to start and see where the convicts stayed, how they lived and see and read some of their own personal stories. There is a courthouse too. The grounds...More
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.