Attractions

Top Choice Park in Paddington & Centennial Park

Centennial Park

Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters. Grab a park map at any of the entrance…
Historic Building in Paddington & Centennial Park

Victoria Barracks

A manicured vision from the peak of the British Empire (built 1841 to 1848), these Georgian army barracks have been called the finest of their kind in the colonies. It's still an active army base, so entry is only p…
Park in Paddington & Centennial Park

Moore Park

Part of the broader Centennial Parklands (a huge green swathe that cuts from Surry Hills to Bondi), Moore Park covers 115 hectares south of Paddington. With sports fields, tennis courts, an 18-hole public golf cours…
Area in Paddington & Centennial Park

Entertainment Quarter

If we were feeling cynical, we might say that the purpose-built Entertainment Quarter is a vacuous, self-perpetuating specimen of lightweight global commercialism, but we’ll try to restrain ourselves. Instead, we’ll…
Street in Paddington & Centennial Park

Queen Street

Despite its status as the premier antique-shopping strip in Australia (the first shop opened in 1957), tree-lined Queen St retains a village vibe, with pricey boutiques, delis, summer chestnuts hanging heavy on the …
Park in Paddington & Centennial Park

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Opened to much architectural acclaim in 2008, this impressive park makes use of Paddington's long-abandoned 1866 water reservoir, incorporating the brick arches and surviving chamber into an interesting, photogenic …
Historic Building in Paddington & Centennial Park

Federation Pavilion

Among the wide formal avenues of Centennial Park is the domed Federation Pavilion – the spot where Australia was officially proclaimed a nation (on 1 January 1901). Built in 1988, it contains the original Federation…
Park in Paddington & Centennial Park

Rushcutters Bay Park

Surrounded by enormous Moreton Bay fig trees, luxury yachts and pampered pooches, this unpretentious waterfront park is a beaut spot for a quiet stroll, jog or tennis grudge-match. In December the world’s greatest y…
Historic Building in Paddington & Centennial Park

Juniper Hall

Australia’s oldest villa (1824), this restored Georgian mansion was built by Robert Cooper with profits from his gin business (he named it after the essential gin-making ingredient). The main tenant is the Moran Art…
Gallery in Paddington & Centennial Park

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

After 21 years as a cutting-edge commercial gallery, Sherman celebrated its coming-of-age by reopening as a not-for-profit gallery. The focus is on temporary exhibitions of work by influential and innovative artists…