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Paddington Reservoir Gardens: Discover Sydney's inner city oasis

Enjoy the ample sunlight and free deck chairs at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Enjoy the ample sunlight and free deck chairs at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

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Located on a bustling main street in one of Sydney's inner city suburbs, is a green oasis that also feels like you're stepping back in time.

The Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a state heritage-listed site that opened in 2009, and has since won design awards in Australia and internationally. Built in 1866, the Paddington Reservoir used to supply water from Botany Bay, in south Sydney.

Today, the landscaped gardens are a peaceful way to enjoy well-preserved nineteenth century Sydney architecture, whilst basking in the warm glow of sun as it filters through this unique urban park.

The Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an inner city oasis situated along Oxford Street amongst Sydney's hustle and bustle.
The Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an inner city oasis situated along Oxford Street amongst Sydney's hustle and bustle.

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Some of the original nineteenth-century brick, timber and cast iron fixtures have been preserved in this sunken garden
Some of the original nineteenth-century brick, timber and cast iron fixtures have been preserved in this sunken garden.

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The gardens are reminiscent of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The gardens are reminiscent of the ancient Baths of Caracalla in Rome and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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The old Paddington Reservoir in Sydney is 150 years old, constructed in 1866.
Modern design elements of steel, aluminium and concrete complement the 150-year-old heritage-listed site.

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The landscaped gardens are green all year around
The landscaped gardens are green all year around.

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Looking inside the eastern chamber at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens.
Looking inside the eastern chamber at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

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The original arches of the old reservoir are a defining feature of the unique gardens
The original arches of the old reservoir are a defining feature of the unique gardens, and the design won the 2009 Australian Award for Urban Design.

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The reservoir sat below and had the capacity to hold 9092 megalitres of water.
The reservoir sat below and had the capacity to hold 9092 megalitres of water. It measured 33 metres long, 31 metres wide and 5 metres deep.

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The gardens are surrounded by Paddington residents and centrally located businesses
The old reservoir site was remade into a public garden in the 2000s, and is surrounded by Paddington residents and centrally located businesses.

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Watch and learn about the Paddington Reservoir Garden's fascinating history. YouTube: City of Sydney

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