Victoria Barracks

Victoria Barracks, Woollahra

Victoria Barracks
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Military Museums • Historic Sites
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Address
Neighbourhood: Inner East

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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia33,962 contributions
An experience of a different kind
Sep. 2019
Victoria Barracks is an Australian military base. It is quite an interesting place to visit, if that kind of visit would be of interest to you! There is not really a great deal to see but seeing all that military stuff can be a surprise to many. You can only gain access to the base if you go through certain formalities, like identification papers and other things. You also get an escort throughout your visit, which is understandable. A visit would not last more than a few minutes, may be half an hour or so, may be a little longer or a bit less.....
Written 26 February 2020
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Elliot S
Santa Fe, NM230 contributions
A look back into Australia's military past.
Nov. 2019
This facility functioned as a barracks, brig and from its construction, as a fortification as well. It's a 15-30 minute visit which is a nice window into the past.
Written 29 January 2020
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William
6 contributions
Fascinating
Apr. 2019 • Solo
I learnt about Sydney’s history from a military perspective, really worth the effort to go. Thanks to the volunteer guides, they were great!
Written 17 April 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,555 contributions
Big Open Space
Mar. 2019 • Solo
Along Oxtford St. you will find a big green space behind stone walls. Inside are the 19th Century army barracks that are available to tour. The barracks were the source of the original growth of the Paddington area.
Written 30 March 2019
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Giffoni
Sydney378 contributions
A small military museum
Apr. 2018 • Friends
This was open by appointment and the guide took us through and showed us the old brig from early settlement days. This was always an Army barracks and still is.
Be sure to call and see when
Written 21 September 2018
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia1,726 contributions
Still in Military use.
May 2018 • Business
Victoria Barracks is still utilised as a military establishment. It is very well maintained, as it should, being a heritage listed site. Unfortunately the visitor will need a pass to get in, or see if there is an open day.
Written 10 May 2018
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James C
Melbourne, Australia672 contributions
Boring and waste of time
Nov. 2016 • Solo
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 mins) , difficult to get there
Written 26 November 2016
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poppyboss
Sydney, Australia200 contributions
Back into History
Nov. 2015 • Friends
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 are magnificent and of a long almost forgotten era.
We entered the luncheon location and it was as expected a large Victorian cottage with many rooms. My friend queued at a counter and paid for the lunch and ordered wine. We had a drink in a pleasant lounge area before moving into the dining room.
The room had both civilians and others in uniform. We needed to queue to be served the curry.
A very pleasant curry and chapatis. Great company in delightful surroundings.
Written 29 April 2016
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Magnificent Colonial Heritage
Jun. 2015
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 building in the southern hemisphere, was designed to accommodate 650 soldiers. While this building is now part of command headquarters, the signs of the early soldiers are still there in the form of depressions in the sandstone doorways where they used to sharpen their bayonets, which they also used for eating.

Victoria Barracks has been a working military base for 170 years, occupied first by British army units and later by Australian Army command headquarters and units.

Victoria Barracks is open to the public each Thursday from 10 am to 1230 pm, and a "corps" of guides give informative and interesting tours of the barracks compound.

There is also a military museum, which is housed in what was originally a military prison - the cells and iron doors are still there.

Busby's Bore, which was one of early Sydney's earliest water supplies is also located within the barracks and is still accessible.

Written 8 January 2016
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Jennifer F
Sydney, Australia76 contributions
Behind the Sandstone Walls an Amazing Experience awaits
Oct. 2015 • Friends
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 some magnificent 19th century sandstone buildings. Probably the most elegant is the Officers' mess which conjures up the atmosphere of a time when the officers' life was definitely easier than those of the other ranks. It certainly wasn't very pleasant to be confined to the gaol. One of the tasks of the inmates was to turn the windlass to haul up buckets of water up from Busby's Bore below. Busby's Bore is Sydney's second water supply and the Barracks was deliberately built over the Bore so that there would be a secure water supply in a time of siege! There are only a few places in Sydney where you can see down into Busby's Bore so this is another reason for visiting the Barracks. There are two access points.

The Barracks is not just 19th century buildings. There are more recent buildings which have been constructed to meet modern defence needs. One has won an architecture award.

At the end of your visit you are invited to see the Museum. This has some very well presented displays and should not be missed.
Written 13 November 2015
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Victoria Barracks is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


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