Macquarie Place

sights / Squares & plazas

Macquarie Place information

Sydney , Australia
Address
Street cnr Loftus & Bridge Sts
Getting there
train Circular Quay
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Lonely Planet review

Beneath some shady Moreton Bay fig trees a block or two back from the Quay is this little historic triangle. Look for the actual cannon and anchor from the First Fleet flagship (HMS Sirius ), an ornate but defunct 1857 drinking fountain, a National Trust–classified gentlemen’s pissoir (closed) and an 1818 obelisk erected ‘to record that all the public roads leading to the interior of the colony are measured from it’.

The park is overlooked by the imposing 19th-century Lands Department Building ; the north facade bears statues of Sturt, Hume, Leichhardt and other early Australian movers and shakers.