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The Domain Sydney Australia Travel

Walk from Sydney Tower Eye through Hyde Park to The Domain

A morning's walk in downtown Sydney: Bright and early one Saturday morning, I walked from the Pensione Hotel near Town Hall east along Park Street through Hyde Park to The Domain.

I was headed for Mrs Macquaries Chair overlooking the Sydney, Australia harbour, then through the Royal Botanic Gardens to Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House.

Center Point Tower ~ Sydney Tower a CBD Landmark Center Point Tower in CBD Sydney Australia.

As a good tower should do, Sydney's Centerpoint Tower (Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, etc.) is a great landmark for getting your bearings.

At 1,014 feet (309 m), it's easily visible from many parts of Sydney and the Suburbs.

Its many names reflect ownership over the years, and indeed by now it may well have added yet another.

I had thought to go for dinner at the restaurant near the top, but prices were too high for my budget.

See the Sydney Tower Eye site for details and great photos from the observation deck.

Hyde Park  Archibald Fountain Sydney Australia Sydney Australia Hyde Park Fountain and Statues.

Hyde Park lands were part of The Domain lands before becoming a large oval shaped public park in 1810.

This early January morning, crews were busy setting up tents, stages and sound systems for Sydney Festival First Night (see site for details).

The Archibald Fountain shown in the photo is near the north end of Hyde Park, and is a favourite stop for Sydney tour buses.

Park Street bisects Hyde Park from east to west; This fountain is in the north half, and the Anzac War Memorial is in the south half.

Just to the right in this view is Art Gallery Road, where I continued my walk north to The Domain.

Helpful Map Locator The Domain Sydney  AustraliaLarge map showing layout of The Domain, Botanic Gardens, parks in Sydney Australia.

Art Gallery Road becomes (divided route) Mrs Macquaries Road that loops around the headland -- the right, smaller green finger of land in the map.

Walkers, not being held to one-way street rules, can take advantage of many trails throughout this area north of the Cahill Expressway.

The Domain is public parkland and always open; it's mostly inaccessible to vehicle traffic.

The Royal Botanic Gardens are roughly in the center of the green area on the map, and the Sydney Opera House at the white tip on the left.

Stone Carving Sign Post for Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney Large stone sign for Mrs Macquarries Road at The Domain, Sydney.

Though I'd been to see Mrs Macquaries Chair on several trips (great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House), this was the first time I had come via Hyde Park.

The stone street sign dated 1816 shows I was on the right track.

But in the middle of summer, and school holidays and high season for tourists, there was a long line of visitors waiting to have their photo taken seated in Mrs Macquaries Chair.

The area is also popular for wedding photos. Yes, it's a bit crowded, but still well worth a visit.

If you will be in Sydney at this time of year, see tips for Budget meals in Sydney; What to Pack for a trip to Australia, and Fireworks New Years Eve.

And of course, if the weather is hot and sunny. then beaches such as Manly are very busy too. See Ferry to Manly, Manly Beach, Manly Cove for photos, etc. See googlemap for my two-hour walk through the park.