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Victoria Barracks

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Address: Oxford St., Paddington, New South Wales 2021, Australia
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+61 2 9339 3303
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Thu 10:00 - 13:00

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My long term mate is a retired Colonel and still rather Military. He mentioned that there was a good chef at the Barracks and would I like to join him for a curry lunch. Not... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2016
poppyboss
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Melbourne, Australia
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285 reviews
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Reviewed 27 November 2016

It's not actually a museum, and it doesn't open all the time, it has some displays and do run some events, but events are rare. Displays, events are boring in the first place.... One thing , hard to find a car park, and the bus are in frequent( meant to run every 5 mins but realistically more like every 60... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

My long term mate is a retired Colonel and still rather Military. He mentioned that there was a good chef at the Barracks and would I like to join him for a curry lunch. Not haven been inside I promptly accepted. One needs to firstly get through the security at the gate then the area opens up. The sandstone buildings... More 

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Rayong, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 446 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

The Australian Army's Victoria Barracks in Sydney is a direct working link back to the earliest days of the settlement of Australia and the establishment of the colony of New South Wales. It is a magnificent Regency-style building built of Hawkesbury sandstone by convicts between 1841 and 1846. The main barrack block, which is believed to be the longest sandstone... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Victoria Barracks is a short bus ride from the centre of Sydney. Every Thursday at 10 am a dedicated band of guides who are all retired servicemen will take you on a tour of the buildings which are open to the public. This is still a working Defence establishment so some areas are off limits. Around the parade ground are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

Yeah so European settlement here was just 230 years ago so don't expect history like Europe & the UK. This place was a working garrison/barracks more that a century ago but no more. These days it's basically offices in a mix of heritage building and new ones enclosed by a sandstone/brick wall. The main building is impressive facing the grassed... More 

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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

I met my husband here 52 years ago and hadn't been back. It was great to see that the place was still being used as a secure venue, and to see the chapel and museum which weren't there in the early 60s. (Maybe the chapel was, but I didn't know!)

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1 Thank Diedre_11
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Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

I visit Victoria Barrack as part of my training. That place is beautiful.. All its 18th century historical buildings are well preserve.

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Leichhardt, Australia
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Reviewed 2 July 2015

Available Thursday's from 10am to 1pm is the opportunity to get behind the scenes on a free guided tour of the Barracks and entry into the NSW Army Museum. Guided by a retired Army vet you get the full story of the 175 year history of this site. Both 11yo & 9yo were kept interested and I had no idea... More 

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San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2013

This is the largest barracks in the southern hemisphere and has been continually occupied since 1840. You can visit on Thursday from 10:00 to 1:00. The guides are older, retired military gentlemen and will give you an individual tour at no charge. The barracks are interesting, historic buildings and the guides have plenty of information and personalized stories. The guides... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

My partner is a student at the UNSW campus across the street, and we always look over the tall sandstone walls wondering what is in there. They are only open on Thursday mornings, and Sundays by appointment, so I took the opportunity of an open Thursday to see what it was all about. When you arrive, you go through ID... More 

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