Sydney day #2: around Hyde Park and the city center

After visiting the Opera House and its surroundings I decided for this second day to visit the city center of Sydney starting from Hyde Park and radiating by concentric circles.

You will find at the bottom of the page the list of all the articles about this trip in Australia.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

The building of this Catholic cathedral began in 1868 on the remains of a former cathedral that had burned down. While waiting for the end of the work, a wooden church was built but it also burned.

It is a cathedral of neo-gothic style.

It was a long construction since the nave was completed in 1928 and the interior decoration in 1968. The spires of the towers were built in 2000!

Unfortunately during my visit a funeral was taking place and it was not possible to get too close.

That will be for another time.


Hyde Park Barracks Museum

A few steps from the cathedral is Hyde Park Barracks.

These buildings were built by inmates to house prisoners who, convicted in the United Kingdom, were sent to Australia to build the country.

The site kept its original use until 1848 when it became a shelter for single immigrant women and then an asylum for women.


The tour of the site is quite interesting with an audio guide in the form of a first-person narrative of the experience of people who lived there.


A bit like a local Ellis Island, all things considered.

Sydney Tower

You will then have to walk a little (but not too much) to visit the Sydney Tower.

Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2014 it is the second highest tower in the country (306m) and the second highest observation platform in the southern hemisphere.


It is not obviously accessed through the Westfield Shopping Center.

The view from the top is very beautiful but Sydney lacks notable sites apart from the opera house, so you don’t get the same impression as in New York where the observation decks give a unique view of world famous buildings.



The visit is preceded by the projection of a film in honor of the city without any interest. An outside visit is also possible for those who are not afraid of heights.

Queen Victoria Building

A few minutes away from the Sydney Tower, the Queen Victoria Building is an imposing building (190m long and 30 wide) from the end of the 19th century.


Originally a market, it became an office building, then returned to its original use as a shopping center in the early 20th century.

It was restored in the 1980s and renovated in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

In two words: very pleasant and simply superb.


Sydney Town Hall

Located a little further, its construction lasted from 1869 to 1880. Its architecture is inspired by the city hall of Paris.


The surroundings

Afterwards, it’s an opportunity to walk around the streets and discover the architecture and atmosphere of the city center, or even to finish with a break in Hyde Park.


Articles about this trip to Australia

1Intro and genesis of the itineraryVacations in Australia: first steps in the “Land Down Under
2HotelCourtyard Paris Charles de Gaulle Central
3FlightParis-Munich – Lufthansa – Business Class
4FlightMunich-Stockholm – Lufthansa – Business Class
5HotelSheraton Stockholm
6LoungeSAS Gold Lounge – Stockholm Arlanda
7LoungeAmerican Express Lounge by Pontus – Stockholm Arlanda
8FlightStockholm-Bangkok – Thai – Business Class
9LoungeThai Royal Silk Lounge – Bangkok Terminal E
10FlightBangkok-Sydney – Thai – Business Class
11HotelSheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park
12LoungeRex lounge – Sydney Terminal 2
13FlightSydney-Brisbane – Virgin Australia – Economy
14HotelW Brisbane
15RestaurantElska – Brisbane
16RestaurantSouthside – Brisbane
17RestaurantSpice Central Kitchen & Bar – Brisbane
18Travel diaryBrisbane jour #1 : the heart of the city
19Travel diaryBrisbane day #2: museums and lazing by the river
20LoungeVirgin Australia Domestic Lounge – Brisbane
21FlightBrisbane-Sydney – Virgin Australia – Economy
22HotelSydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
23RestaurantNour – Sydney
24RestaurantMekong – Sydney
25Travel diarySydney day #1: the opera house and its surroundings
26Travel diarySydney day #2: around Hyde Park and the city center
27Travel diarySydney day #3: culture and entertainment around the harbor
28LoungeSalon Air New Zealand – Sydney
29LoungeSalon Silverkris Singapore Airlines – Sydney
30LoungeAmerican Express Lounge – Sydney
31FlightSydney-Bangkok – Thai – Business Class
32LoungeThai Royal Silk Lounge – Bangkok Terminal E
33LoungeOman Air lounge – Bangkok Terminal E
34LoungeEva Air lounge – Bangkok Terminal F
35LoungeMiracle business lounge – Bangkok Terminal F
36LoungeTurkish Airlines lounge – Bangkok Terminal D
37LoungeSingapore Airlines silverkris lounge – Terminal D
38FlightBangkok-Stockholm – Thai – Business Class
39LoungeNorrsken Lounge – Stockholm
40FlightStockholm-Zurich – Swiss – Business Class
41FlightZurich-Paris – Swiss – Business Class
42Travel diaryLessons learned from this trip to Australia
Bertrand Duperrin
Bertrand Duperrin
Compulsive traveler, present in the French #avgeek community since the late 2000s and passionate about (long) travel since his youth, Bertrand Duperrin co-founded Travel Guys with Olivier Delestre in March 2015.

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