Econo Lodge Sydney South
40-44 Wentworth Avenue
Sydney, NS 2010
Phone: (61) 2 82628844
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Aside from the beautifully kept gardens, Hyde Park provides a tranquil haven to the thousands of daily urban commuters amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday Sydney. Not only a sanctuary to the overworked, it is a fitting home to the famous 1934 Art Deco Anzac WarMemorial, and the Archibald Fountain; a magnificent bronze and granite fountain commemorating the French and Australian alliance in World War I. Hyde Park looks particularly attractive at night when thousands of tiny fairy lights twinkle amidst the boughs of the ancient trees, which line the walkways.
Situated at the southern end of Hyde Park,at the head of the Pool of Remembrance, this imposing Art Deco building stands 30 meters tall. Built in 1934 to commemorate Australia's war dead, the Anzac War Memorial contains the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and a small museum with photographic and military artifacts. The central statue highlights the fragility of man and the huge sacrifice some are willing to make for others. Admission to the memorial is free.
Located to the east of the Central Business District of Sydney, Festival Garden is an open space in Hyde Park. During the Sydney Festival the space can metamorphose itself into a hub for theater and music. The garden is known to play host to popular bands like Smoke & Mirrors, Owen Pallett and Mountain Man.
Designed by Thomas Rowe, this building, the headquarters of the Jewish faith, was consecrated in 1878. The Great Synagogue features columns, ornate wrought-iron gates, a paneled ceiling covered with gold leaf stars, and other elaborate decorations inspired by synagogues built in London and Liverpool. There is also a museum that runs two or three exhibitions a year on different aspects of Jewish life and heritage. Visit website for more details.
The Taylor Square in Sydney is marked by the tunnel of the Eastern Distributor Motorway and is a popular haunt for revelers with major clubs, bars, restaurants and shops located in its vicinity. Built in Greek Revival style of architecture, Darlinghurst Courthouse is an architectural landmark on this square.
Governor Lachlan Macquarie wanted, a grand church for Sydney, and architect Francis Greenway, began work on a Gothic inspired metropolitan church. Building was abandoned many times due to funding, drought and Government objections. The sandstone Cathedral was completed in 1868, consecrated and opened as St Andrew's Cathedral on St. Andrew's Day. Features include the William Hill organ and 42 stained glass windows, which were removed during World War II and stored in the Blue Mountains for safekeeping.
Like all Chinatowns across the globe, this area in central Sydney is famous for it's chinese restaurants, antique shops and annual festivals that are celebrated here. The place has a distinct Chinese look to it, be it the architecture or the colorful items on sale in shops, everywhere it says 'east'. The suburb has gradually evolved into a shopping and market place.
At the western end of the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in downtown Sydney, next to an imposing statue of the lady herself, is a rather unusual wishing well. It features a bronze statue of the Queen's favourite dog, Islay, a Skye Terrier. He is raised on his hind paws, cast in bronze with realistic fur and panting mouth. And he has been given the power of speech. Or rather, he has been given a recorded message by radio personality John Laws which broadcasts every few minutes asking passers-by to throw a coin into the well and make a wish. Islay raises thousands of dollars for the NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind children every year. Not bad for a statue.
Formerly infamous as a red light district, the area of Darlinghurst has since become a trendy neighborhood of Sydney. Home to numerous high end restaurants and bars, one can find plenty of dining options here, as well as several popular nightclubs. Shopping enthusiasts won't get tired as Darlinghurst has a number of small and big boutiques and shops selling all kind of articles. The area has historical significance too and one can find several historic churches and buildings in the neighborhood.
Hyde Park North is the northern part of the famous Hyde Park and is much visited by local for recreational purposes. Stroll through the vast promenade here surrounded by trees and pristine greenery. You can also visit the Nagoya Gardens and admire the Archibald Fountain.
The Chinese Garden, also known as the Garden of Friendship, was given to the people of Sydney, as a Bicentennial Gift from their Chinese Sister city of, Guangdong. Built in 1987 it is a place of perfect serenity; an oasis of willows, bamboo, ponds and brooks, ideal as an instant city escape. There is also a tea-house serving refreshments, including green tea and snacks.
A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the foundation stones for St Mary's Cathedral were laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1821. The cathedral finally opened in 1900, although work continued until 1928 and really only recently finished. Wardell's original design had two spires that were never built. After ten years' debate and political fund-raising, the twin spires were finally completed in 2000. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Sydney city and surely worth a visit.