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Gathering Place and Performance Venue
Sydney Festival concert at The Domain, photo by Jamie Williams, courtesy Sydney Festival

Sydney Festival concert at The Domain

Photo by Jamie Williams, courtesy Sydney Festival

The Domain, within easy walking distance east of Sydney's midtown Hyde Park, is a gathering place, celebrated venue of soapbox free speech (much like Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park), and a place not only for individual leisure activities but also for the grand Sydney summer events of Christmas carols by candlelight, now known as Carols in the Domain, and a number of Sydney Festival events including Summer Sounds in the Domain and Symphony in the Domain.

In area, The Domain comprises 34 hectares of open space on the eastern edge of the city centre with its main areas, the Phillip and Crescent Precincts, lying just south of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. The major public building in The Domain is the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Rd.

While the grounds south of the botanic gardens are what are usually referred to as The Domain, there are two other areas west and east of the gardens: the Tarpeian Precinct in the west extending north to the edge of the Sydney Opera House grounds, and the Yurong Precinct, which includes Mrs Macquaries Point, in the northeast.

Getting to The Domain

For those thinking of public transport, Bus 441 from the York St side of Queen Victoria Building departs every 20 minutes on weekdays and every half hour on weekends and public holidays, and drops off passengers in front of the Art Gallery building.

If going by train, alight at either St James or Martin Place stations. From St James station head east on Prince Albert Rd just north of St Mary's Cathedral and into Art Gallery Rd. From Martin Place station cut through the Sydney Hospital grounds to The Domain.

If going by car, there is metered street parking on Art Gallery Rd and Mrs Macquaries Rd and underground at the Domain Car Park with entry at St Marys Rd and Cathedral St.

From Sydney city centre you may also prefer simply to walk.

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