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The UNESCO listed Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation. Free...more
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Review is based only on the first floor of the three storey museum - there are only stairs for the second and third floors, so bring a carrier instead of a stroller if you’re bringing a baby or be prepared to carry baby up the...More
Great museum, not big and very interesting So that you learn a lot about the convicts who populated Australia: why they were sent there, their long journey to get there,how they lived, their work, social life, how they got their sentences lifted etc... they shaped...More
This is a superb museum which shows the way in which both Immigrants or Convicts were documented and housed. The displays are quite fascinating and reading some of the documentation with regards the prisoners deported from England was quite horrific, making you wonder how they...More
What an amazing find. It's not terribly well marked; we walked in randomly and paid the fee.
We got an amazing lesson on an incredibly interesting part of Aussie history and a perspective in how governments have always and continue to exploit and expand. The...More
If you are interested in Australian History, or of any colonial history, than this is a must visit attraction. There is not much here other than the building and a history of its uses but it quickly gets you into understanding the challenges and hardships...More
We spent two hours devouring all the information about the convict transportation to settle Australia. Not overwhelming, but just right for the average tourist. We even swung in the hammocks in the sleeping quarters.
Doesn’t matter if you are into historical facts or not you have to go and take in how this great nation was formed and built on by criminals from around the world. See it, feel it and try some of it out.
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens
or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.