Recline on a patch of lawn in front of the Art Gallery of NSW and listen to religious zealots, nutters, political extremists,...
Art Gallery of NSW
With its classical Greek frontage and modern rear end, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney...
Sydney Tropical Centre
The Sydney Tropical Centre comprises the interconnecting Arc and Pyramid glasshouses – a great place to warm up on a wintry morning. The...
Chiswick at the Gallery
An offshoot of Matt Moran's smart-casual Woollahra eatery, at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Art Gallery Rd · interesting places nearby
The Domain information
Administered by the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Domain is a large grassy tract east of Macquarie St, set aside by Governor Phillip in 1788 for public recreation. Phillip’s intent rings true: today’s city workers use the space to work up a sweat or eat their lunch. Large-scale public events are also held here.
Sculptures dot the park, including a reclining Henry Moore figure, and Brett Whiteley’s Almost Once (1991) − two giant matches, one burnt − rising from the ground near the Art Gallery of NSW.
On the lawn in front of the gallery you can listen to religious zealots, nutters, political extremists, homophobes, hippies and academics express their earnest opinions at the by turns entertaining and enraging Speakers’ Corner . Some of them have something interesting to say; most are just plain mad. Either way, it makes for an interesting afternoon. BYO soapbox.