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Paddington Reservoir Gardens

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Address: 251-255 Oxford St, Sydney, New South Wales 2021, Australia
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Gorgeous secret garden

What a beautiful hidden sunken garden. Spent an hour or two here with friends lounging in the shade on the randomly scattered deck chairs, debriefing on the rest of our weekend... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful hidden sunken garden. Spent an hour or two here with friends lounging in the shade on the randomly scattered deck chairs, debriefing on the rest of our weekend. Just by chance there was a guy practicing his guitar playing near by. Felt like we were in a Spanish movie!! Unassuming hidden gem, just lovely. Great place to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely gardens set in the old reservoir. Space to sit and relax whilst in Paddington. Used as a photo opportunity by many. A great asset to the city from an industrial beginning

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Heaps of wedding shoots are done at the Reservoir which gives you a clue. It's gorgeous. It's opposite the library and the chauval picture theatre. It is fun to explore and there are deck chairs and books left for visitors to spread out and enjoy the sunlit gardens. It's below ground level so there is a feeling of privacy and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Great photo opportunities, easy to miss and one of Sydney's invisible gems. Probably my favourite part of this area. Only downside was there were too many groups taking pics, that kind of took away it's chill factor. The place isn't big. But this has only been once of the few times I've visited this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

This is a beautiful example of repurposing an old structure into useable outdoor space. With a lovely mix of ponds, gardens and various little nooks and crannies in the gardens, you will certainly find a peaceful spot to enjoy a coffee and read a newspaper or book. There are chairs dotted around the place or bring a picnic blanket and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Decided on a visit to Paddington for the day as not from the area was so looking forward to an array of coffee shops or eateries to chose from. Sadly that was not meant to be (come on Paddington the place is crying out for some good eateries) but did come across this lovely little spot to sit for a... More 

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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

A lot of Sydneysiders I know have no idea this exists! Walked from Tiger Mottle to here, passing by stunning old houses. It was in itself a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon... And Paddington Reservoir was the cherry on top. Beautifully manicured garden, plus well maintained structure. There were a couple of pre-nup pictorials that day which we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Read about these gardens. So on recent trip down home to Sydney, checked them out. Wasn't disappointed. From the road you wouldn't know they were there. But look over the brick wall and what a surprise. What a great mix of old viaducts and new additions that complement each other. The chairs aren't bolted in so you can move them... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

historic, tranquil, beautiful, relaxing, thats the feeling you get when in the gardens - a great place to visit or relax the hours away.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

A tranquil oasis in a busy city hub. Nice place for a snack or a chill. Paddington is well past its prime but this spot is one of the few parts that have improved.

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Named after its London namesake, the suburb of Paddington showcases streets lined with restored Victorian terrace houses with very distinctive features, like high ceilings and cast-iron balconies. It is home to some of Sydney’s most prestigious art galleries, including the Wagner Art Gallery and the Butler Good Gallery, as well as the tourist attraction, Paddington Markets, located in the grounds surrounding the Paddington Uniting Church and Paddington Public School. Paddington is a hub for high-end shopping featuring famous contemporary Australian designers, as well as up-market spas. Foodies are drawn to Paddington for well-known Australian chefs, modern and traditional Italian food, fantastic coffee, passionate brewers and even handmade chocolates.
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