Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Paddington Reservoir Gardens
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Christina
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It is a place that needs advertisement. At the moment, there are people that have substance abuse issues living permanently in these gardens.
Written 12 November 2023
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Marlys B
Fosston, MN3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
There's nothing to see here. There are a ton of great sites to see in the Sydney area, not this one. Walked along distance for this to see what looked like history. None.
Written 23 May 2023
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Robert r
Melbourne, Australia1,542 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Located in the inner Sydney suburb of Paddington accessible from Oxford street or Oatley street. A decommissioned reservoir early source of water supply for Sydney. Repurposed for park and garden.
Popular location for wedding photos. Accessible by public transportation. Hidden gem for visitors.
Written 13 May 2023
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solotraveller
Glasgow, UK136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
A hidden gem, small, quiet and secluded. Will hardly take you 10 minutes to tour. Right next to Town Hall, Bondi. Not sure if it's worth travelling in from Sydney. But if you're in Bondi then it's worth it. I went around 9 and I didn't see a soul.
Written 28 December 2022
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Kevin D
Manchester, NH332 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
What a great experience, it was awesome to find out the transitions this area has gone though. As an added bonus there was an amazing photographic art exhibit going on in the space.
Written 30 November 2022
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JacquelineMa
Singapore, Singapore667 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I have never seen a garden like this before. While on my way to Paddington Markets I popped by for a look see. Though small, it’s quite unique to me. Hard to explain so you have to look at the pictures. It’s quiet and a lovely little place to chill for a while. I won’t suggest your travel to specifically see this spot though. To get here you can take bus 333 from the city, it was about half an hours bus ride.
Written 19 November 2022
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Happy Traveller
Sydney, Australia5,429 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
Bit of a hidden gem - none of my friends had heard of it and were intrigued and interested in seeing it and reading about it up too on the information display. Gorgeous gardens - I’ve seen wedding photos being taken there
Written 28 July 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,638 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
If you didn’t know it was here, you’d walk right past this subterranean garden on busy Oxford Street. It’s only small and is set below street level, so it’s easily missed. However if you’re in the area, it’s worth a quick stop.
Stairs lead down to a small but beautiful sunken garden and pond which is set in the preserved ruins of an old 19th century reservoir.
Ferns, flowers and green leafy plants are planted around the remnants of historic walls and brick vaults. The empty water chambers have also been retained and you can peer through into the cavernous spaces. Elevated boardwalks allow you to look down upon the whole thing.
It is reminiscent of ancient Roman ruins. Whilst it’s on a much, much smaller scale, you can almost imagine yourself at the Roman Forum.
The reservoir is an interesting part of Sydney’s early history. Fresh water was always a problem in the new colony. Right from the start the search for a reliable and permanent supply of clean water had plagued the colony.
Throughout the 1800s, reservoirs and dams were being constructed. The Paddington Reservoir was built in 1866 and as the city expanded and demand increased, a second chamber was added in 1877 to ensure a holding capacity of 2 million gallons. Unfortunately the location wasn’t elevated enough and by 1899, the reservoir was decommissioned.
Later it was converted into a garage workshop and later a service station, until 1990 when the old roof finally collapsed, forcing the whole thing to be closed. Finally in 2006, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer were taken on to create a public space and garden on the site.
NOTES:
* Entry is free.
* For anyone with mobility issues or pushchairs, there is an elevator at the back of the garden area.
Written 3 April 2022
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Polley
Ashfield, Australia314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
Blink and you miss it, film set, Japanese gardens. I felt like meditating. Gorgeous. I hope they open up the whole lot. It was a hot summers day so we took refuge.
Written 30 December 2021
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janewaldock
Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
These gardens are exquisite. They have elements of Japan, and hints of islamic architecture all in a relatively tiny space. It has old and new, delightfully and sympathetically intergrated to make an oasis of golden light, reflections, charm, and playfulness. I loved the remnat octagonal columns, some in use, some left as decorative elements; i loved the mix of exotic and native flora; i loved the contemplation pool behind the arches; the new structure high overhead extends in hesitant echoes of the brick arches below.

This place is absolutely gorgeous, spend 30 mintes there and improve your entire day!
Written 12 April 2021
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