The award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street is a delightful place to sit and relax in the tranquil space. Many people use this space to take time out and read a book. Despite the gardens are on a very busy road, it's an great escape from the noise and traffic.
In the 19th century the reservoir supplied water to district however ceased in 1899. Previously, the reservoir had a few different ‘occupations’ including a stint as a petrol station.
The gardens were transformed in 2009 and are now heritage listed. The restoration of the gardens features much of the original framework and with the addition of some modern elements as well. There is seating throughout the gardens and the rooftop features a beautiful sunken garden.
The gardens are accessible and entry is free. Bus routes 378, 382 and 380 stop nearby.
With 360 hectares you will need to allow a lot of time to explore this magnificent parklands. Centennial Parklands is listed on the State Heritage Register of NSW.
Activities include: horse riding, bike riding, photography, restaurant, picnics and much more. Centennial Park has an abundance of flora and fauna. The ponds provide a sanctuary for many birds, swans and ducks.
Centennial Park is also home for Polo in the City.
Paddo Markets, as they are affectionately referred, have been a Sydney Icon for over 40 years.
With a vast range of stallholders, you will discover clothing, jewellery, candles, plants, flowers, art, food and much more.
The markets are open every Saturday and well worth a visit. As the markets are in the centre of the shopping complex of Paddington you will find plenty of cafes, boutiques, bars and much more to enjoy and make for a great day out.
In 1984, Juniper Hall was purchased by the National Trust of Australia (NSW), with a grant from the New South Wales Government. Juniper Hall is a two-storey building with a basement and four large rooms on each floor. Previously, the rear of the home was a coach-house, stables and servants’ quarters.
In 1852 the renamed ‘Ormond House’ was rented by the newly formed Society for the Relief of Destitute Children housing up to 130 children until the Society moved in 1858.
It is also a permanent exhibition space for selected finalists of the Moran Prizes and visitors are welcome to tour the home and view the artwork.
Since 1977, Chauvel Cinema, has been operating and providing entertainment for guests.
The Chauvel Cinema was once the Paddington Town Hall’s Ballroom! The Auditorium still has a stunning barrel-vaulted ceiling, with proscenium arch stage.
This historic cinema is known as a gathering place for true film lovers to share their passion for the best of independent and world cinema.