Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Hyde Park improvement works

The City has begun a new program of works to improve and maintain Hyde Park, including tree replanting, refurbishing the Pool of Reflection, and maintenance and upgrades to paths. The works will be carried out in stages to minimise disruption.

Package 1 – Fig replanting at the Archibald Fountain

We have replaced 4 Hill’s Fig trees around the Archibald Fountain, which were previously removed due to poor health. We planted 6 new Hill’s Figs, and 1 new Moreton Bay Fig east of the fountain to take the place of the previous trees.

Works included preparing the garden beds, installing new drainage and irrigation, adding new soil and planting shrubs and the fig trees and replacing seating around the garden beds. 

Package 2 – Pool of Reflection upgrade

Construction has begun on upgrading the Pool of Reflection in Hyde Park South. Leakages and disrepair of the pool due to its age will be addressed, and new seating areas will be added for everyone to enjoy.

Works will include repairing and re-tiling the pool, replacing pool pumps and improving maintenance access. The 28 Poplar trees surrounding the pool have been removed due to poor health. New garden beds and irrigation will be installed before 22 new trees are planted. The pavement around the pool will also be repaired, with new seating installed along surrounding pathways.

Package 3 – Path restoration and access improvements

While the main paths of Hyde Park North have been refurbished, much of the secondary path network needs upgrading.

The City will be restoring the path network, which will improve connections between different parts of the park. 

Works include simplifying the layout of some of the smaller paths in Hyde Park North, and improving accessibility at the park entrances at College and Park streets. 

We will also be improving access to services for the increasing number of events being held in the park.  

This includes installing new water, power and sewer supply points and improving existing lighting in the park so it can be better used at events.   

Package 4 – Museum Station easy access upgrade and café

Transport for NSW is making changes at Museum Station to improve access for customers. The project includes:

  • a new lift connecting the entry of the station on the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool streets and the underground station concourse
  • 2 new lifts connecting the station concourse with the platforms
  • an accessible ramp at the station entrance
  • a new family accessible toilet
  • refurbishment of the toilets within the concourse.

As part of the project Hyde Park South Café and the City will rebuild the café and outdoor seating area once Transport for NSW has completed its works. A stylish open-plan café (artist's impression of the new Museum Station Café above) will replace the old one in Hyde Park South as part of works to make Museum Station more accessible. A new glass frontage will help preserve the heritage look of the brick station entrance at the corner of Elizabeth and Liverpool streets.

The café will be built by the City of Sydney as part of works by Transport NSW to improve access to the station beneath the heritage-listed park. New lifts will connect the station entry, concourse and platform.

The heritage setting around the café will also be upgraded with new works including landscaping, paths and stairs. A new paved terrace will complement the alfresco café seating within the parkland setting.

The concept designs for the proposed café were open for public comment from 13 October until 27 October 2015 and Council endorsed the project on 23 November 2015.


For more information please contact Transport for NSW:

1800 684 490 .

Stonework restoration

We are repairing and restoring the sandstone perimeter wall and sandstone features in and around Hyde Park. This conservation work will focus on many of the park’s significant features, including walls, stairs and pavements.

The works will respect the heritage significance by matching the current character and details. These works include repairing the boundary walls, capping, plinths, kerbs and stairs.

Expert City of Sydney stonemasons will undertake the works to restore and protect the sandstone features for future generations.

The works will be done in stages between May 2014 and July 2016.


For more information on the project, please contact:

Paul Smithson
Infrastructure Maintenance Operations Manager
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 25 November 2015