A UNESCO World Heritage listed site in the heart of historic Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary living record of early colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks has also served as an immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices.
Today it is a cutting-edge museum. Using ground breaking interactive audio technology, you will follow in the footsteps of real people whose lives were touched by this place.
Visitors will be given a sanitised iPod and headphones on arrival. If possible you are encouraged to bring your own headset (standard 3.5mm jack or lightning connector for Apple EarPods are required).
This is a 90 minute (approximately) self guided tour.
Afterwards, you can join other members for a light sit down lunch (yum cha) at Bodhi’s restaurant (2-4 College Street) at 12.30 pm. Alternatively, members can make their own arrangements for a BYO lunch at Hyde Park or enjoy a purchased lunch in a nearby cafe.
Maximum numbers: 20
Where: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney at the end of Macquarie Street (southern Hyde Park).
When: Friday 28 May 2021 – meet outside the entrance to the Barracks at 9.45 am for a 10.00 am start.
How to get there: Members can choose how they travel there by public transport.
- Train: Leaving from either Strathfield or North Strathfield stations, arriving at Town Hall. It is an 11 minute walk to the Barracks.
- Ferry: Departs Cabarita Wharf, arriving at Circular Quay. It is a 1km walk (slightly uphill) along Macquarie Street to the Barracks.
- Public Parking: There is no public parking at Hyde Park Barracks.
Bookings: Contact convener Judy Mitchell using this online booking form. Please advise Judy if you will be attending lunch at Bodhi’s so a booking can be made. View the lunch menu here.
Cost: $20.00 concession, $24 general, free to members of the Historic Houses Trust. Cash/Card payable at the venue.
Closing date: Wednesday, 26 May 2021.
For further information regarding Sydney Living Museums, visit the website https://my.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/hydeparkbarracks
Note: All visitors will be required to scan in with the Service NSW App and maintain social distancing.