First Fleet Park
First Fleet Park
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Neighbourhood: The Rocks
The first residents of the Rocks were convicts and sailors from the old nation. As the oldest neighbourhood in the city, the area's cobblestone streets host more than 100 heritage sites and buildings, including the oldest house in Sydney, Camden Cottage, which was built in 1816. Taste a “midi “ or a “schooner” of beer and dine “al fresco” on the waterfront at some of the oldest pubs in Sydney. The weekend markets at the Rocks are where you can find local artists' hand-made souvenirs, organic food and designer jewelry in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. To enjoy some of the best Australian and international contemporary art, the MCA museum is open every day and select evenings. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, be sure to save energy to dance the night away at the area's many late night entertainment venues.
How to get there
  • Circular Quay • 3 min walk
  • Wynyard • 9 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,660 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a small, pocket-sized city park, which is little more than a green, grassy oasis at Circular Quay, between the ferries and the historic Rocks area.
The space commemorates the arrival of the The First Fleet into Sydney Harbour. Under the leadership pf Governor Phillip, the First Fleet landed in 1788 with a cargo-load of convicts and some sketchy instructions to establish a permanent British settlement.
Of the 11 ships, 6 of them were convict transports and of the 1300+ people on board, over 700 of them were convicts.
It is worth noting that this is not the exact spot where the First Fleet landed. There has been much debate over the precise location but recent thinking has placed it in The Rocks, behind the present day Overseas Passenger Terminal. It’s likely that the flag raising ceremony was held close to Cadman’s Cottage.
From time to time, events are held here but apart from this, it is just a small grassy area with a few bench seats where you can watch the ferries come and go.
There is one time of the year when the park is really worth noticing.
During Jacaranda season (late Oct - Nov), the park comes alive with purple blooms. A row of magnificent old trees with spreading boughs give a huge hit of lilac and the small city pocket is filled with colour.
Two minor features are of passing interest.
i) One is an interesting map that shows Sydney Cove in 1808 and today.
ii) The other is an odd sculpture called The Beacon, by Robert Klippel. It was gifted to the city in 1992 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Sydney’s incorporation as a city.
Written 13 April 2023
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,596 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This is a small grassed area with various trees and flora on two sides, some seating and the "Beacon' sculpture. Crowded on the many people enjoying the sunshine and ice creams from a nearby outlet. Louis Vuitton was displaying some of the Company's museum pieces in a temporary building located to the rear of the park. Since 1788 the site was the location of a hospital, wharfs, shops, houses, Commissariat Stores and the first Post Office.
Written 13 December 2022
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,014 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Just off Circular Quay an understated small park to commemorate the landing of the first fleet. It is a bit lost in the surrounding docks but well laid out with ferns and trees. There is an information board to explain the significance.
Written 22 November 2022
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia3,490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
First Fleet Park is located on the western corner of Circular Quay, between the Rocks and the ferry terminals. It is a small grassed space that seems quite popular with the locals and tourists alike.
Written 17 January 2022
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This small urban oasis next to busy Circular Quay honors the first fleet of 11 ships that brought English convicts to what is now Sydney to found a penal colony. It's worth a quick stop. There's an interesting map that shows Sydney Cove in 1808 and today (with much reclaimed land). It's a nice spot to sit on a bench or lay in the grass and watch the passing ferries and people.

TIPS:

--Visit on days when one of the large cruise ships is in port just a few steps away.

--Go in (likely late) October and you might see the park's purple jacaranda trees in bloom.
Written 21 November 2019
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,964 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This park is a typical downtown park and usually has many people taking in the sights of Circular Quay and the historic port area and the Rocks. It is great that this green area has been retained. It was a rainy cold day and miserable but the park was still OK.
Written 30 August 2019
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Dan
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Solo
The Sydney Harbor area is gorgeous, a city PR person’s delight. Two pieces of advice: very steep hills to climb out of Circle Quay, so be prepared, and watch for runners. During the day -especially during lunch time—there are serious runners everywhere. While they will do there best to miss you, their run, not your well-being, is their primary concern. You don’t have to worry about being mugged, but there is a decent chance of having a close encounter with a runner,
Written 3 July 2019
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William B
Perth, Australia950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Waterfront Sydney CBD can be a thriving mass of people and traffic but when you get close down to Circular Quay there are a number of little parks (Jessie Street, gateway etc.) that break the hustle and bustle of the city down to a restful state. ''First Fleet Park'' is one of those and is a nice break between the two. This is a nice place to settle for a short rest before taking on Circular Quay, The Opera House, The Bridge and the ''Rocks'' area. All within shouting distance. A beautiful well maintained park, it is a reminder of our early settlement and looks out over some of the most beautiful icons that Sydney has on offer. Peaceful amid all the clamour and bustle of modern Sydney.
Written 9 February 2019
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James W
Clearwater, FL603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
When my wife and I were visiting a 6-foot sculpture of Dali's Dance of Time (melting clock) were on exhibit. So very cool as my wife works at the Dali Museum in St. Pete, FL.
Written 29 January 2019
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This is a decent, yet extremely small, park in Circular bay, just next to the Contemporary art museum.
The park offers very little other than a small patch of green.
Written 23 December 2018
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