Saturday, 9 April 2016

#62 - Hyde Park

There are worse places in the world to spend a sunny afternoon than Hyde Park.  For the many office workers in the skyscrapers in the area surrounding Hyde Park, it is a much needed oasis of calm within the otherwise surprisingly hectic Sydney CBD.  It is not a coincidence that it bears the same name as its famous cousin in London - it was named after the original London park.

This was actually smoke from some barbecue stalls, but looked quite atmospheric
There's not really a huge amount to say about Hyde Park, despite its loveliness.  It is a big, flat, grassy area, with various paths lined with benches allowing you to wander through the park.  It also has lots of trees, flowers and general park-y things.  There is a nice fountain in the Northern end of the park, and a striking ANZAC War Memorial complete with reflections pool in the Southern end.  There are a few other sculptures and artworks dotted around the park.  Nothing worth seeking out in particular, but a few things to keep you interested as you wander around.

Like any good park, Hyde Park has a fountain
The view around the park is pretty nice as well. There are the typical skyscrapers and shiny office buildings of the CBD on one side, including a close view of the Sydney Tower Eye.  On the other side, there is the imposing St Mary's Cathedral.  There is a cafe inside the park on the West side, which can be a nice spot for lunch.

The ANZAC War Memorial (taken from the Sydney Tower Eye)
It's not likely to blow your mind, and probably won't be the highlight of your holiday, but Hyde Park is a great spot to take a break from the shopping and sightseeing, or just for grabbing a seat while you plan the rest of your sightseeing.

Am I wrong - did Hyde Park blow your mind?  Let us know why in the comments below

No comments:

Post a Comment