The Boutique Property Agents office overlooks Hyde Park and we are fortunate to spend our days in this beautiful part of inner-city Sydney. We find that Autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year here. This is when the leaves start to fall and eateries, galleries and museums beckon. Here is our pick of ten things to do around Hyde Park during autumn.
We are lucky enough to have many small and grand gallery spaces around the Hyde Park precinct. And one of our favourites is the Australian Centre for Photography, which offers lots of photography courses if you are thinking of taking up a new hobby, as well as wonderful exhibitions.
If you want to learn more about Australian history, the Australian Museum is the place to start — and return to. It’s located opposite Hyde Park, and this beautiful space was the country’s first public museum. The current building opened in 1857 and is filled with treasures and curiosities, from dinosaur relics to rare books. Be sure to check the website for special events and current exhibitions.
The art of magic
Almost hidden away behind the Australian Museum is the Australian Museum of Magical Arts. You’ll need to book for one of the museum’s tours, which are conducted by a magician and take you through the museum’s collection of magic tricks, costumes and drawings. But it’s worth it – we particularly like the dusk tours.
Bright night out
The annual Vivid Festival, held every autumn for three weeks, is an internationally acclaimed highlight on the Sydney cultural calendar. It’s billed as a festival of lights, music and ideas, and you can expect live music, contemporary exhibitions and stimulating talks alongside public light shows. You’ll soon forget any autumn gloom as the inner city lights up with incredible installations, making an evening walk a much brighter experience.
For a traditional night out at the theatre, head to the Capitol, a heritage-listed theatre on Campbell Street. Here you’ll find great kids’ shows and classic Broadway plays, the cooler evenings are the perfect time to experience an old-fashioned evening of stage entertainment.
Movie night at The Soda Factory
This US-style diner on Wentworth Avenue is great when you are craving easy comfort food such as burgers or buffalo wings, plus it holds regular themed events. For instance, on Mondays it’s movie night, so skip the supermarket and head here instead for dinner, a retro cocktail and a film.
Oxford Art Factory
This music venue and bar is popular for its intimate atmosphere and live international and local acts. It was inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory in 1960s New York, and now the Oxford Art Factory showcases the latest music alongside visual and performance art.
For an autumn shopping day, there’s nowhere like the historical Queen Victoria Building. Stop for a coffee, buy some winter boots, try on a coat or enjoy high tea – all in Australia’s most elegant shopping mall.
Substantial German food is the perfect partner for cooler nights, so if you want to warm your belly, the Bavarian Beer House is the place to go. Here you’ll find German classics such as pretzels, pork knuckle, sauerkraut and apple strudel. These will put a definite end to any hunger pangs, while the German beers and wines complement the rich food perfectly. Plus, the happy hour with complimentary snacks is a trusted after-work option. Guten appetit!
Or something a little lighter…
At the other, lighter end of the dining spectrum is vegan yum cha from Bodhi. This family-owned restaurant is a city oasis, as it’s right next to parkland and shaded by Moreton Bay fig trees.
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We love the Hyde Park precinct and know it well, which makes us the ideal partners in your property sale or purchase. Please give us a call today if you’d like a no-obligation appraisal on your inner Sydney apartment or house.