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from 21 February
Discover the stories of the Hyde Park Barracks through a self-guided immersive experience.
Led by groundbreaking interactive audio technology, visitors follow in the footsteps of real people whose lives were touched by this place – male convicts and immigrant and destitute women – and the Aboriginal nations that were impacted by colonial Australia.
Sessions start every half hour and run for about 90 minutes.
Members enjoy free entry. Buy your membership now.
By public transport
The Hyde Park Barracks is located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint.
The Hyde Park Barracks is a 5-minute walk from St James Station (T2, T3, T4 and T8 train lines), and a 7-minute walk from Martin Place Station (T4 train line).
The nearest bus stops are on Elizabeth Street at Hyde Park, which is a 5-minute walk away.
The 200 bus, which runs between Chatswood and Bondi Junction train stations on Mondays to Fridays only, stops on Macquarie Street.
For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes, visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500.
There is no public parking at the Hyde Park Barracks.
Buses can stop on Prince Albert Road to drop off and pick up passengers. There are bus parking zones on Macquarie Street where drivers are required to remain with their vehicles.
The Domain parking station offers a special discount to Hyde Park Barracks visitors who pre-book a parking spot online. Select Book a Bay and enter the promo code SLM. The parking station is a 10-minute walk from the Hyde Park Barracks. Enter from St Marys Road.
Limited metered parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park.
There is no secure parking for bicycles at the Hyde Park Barracks.
There are no cloaking facilities on site.
Toilets are located in the rear building. There is a male and a female ambulant toilet and a family room with a change table. There is also an accessible toilet.
The Hyde Park Barracks shop is located in the main building.
Hyde Park Barracks site map – coming soon.
The Hyde Park Barracks experience uses immersive audio technology.
The self-guided audio experience uses innovative technology to respond to the visitor’s location, and content is delivered through an iPod and headset.
Visitors will be issued with an iPod and headset at the Ticketing desk.
The self-guided audio experience is suitable for ages 8+.
Sessions start every half hour and you can enter at any time within your 30 minute session entry time. The experience takes about 90 minutes to complete.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the experience contains names of people who have passed away.
The following accessible versions of the self-guided experience are available:
- A mobility self-guided experience option for wheelchair users (the main barracks building has lift access).
- A descriptive self-guided experience option for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
- Neck loops for standard hearing aids. These are compatible with the audio device.
- An iPad with descriptive text for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
If you require an accessible version of the self-guided experience, we recommend booking it prior to your visit by calling 02 8239 2211 during business hours. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please note that numbers of neck loops and iPad devices are limited, and subject to availability.
The following access aids are available for free hire:
- Video magnifiers
- Sensory kits
- Neck loops
If you require an access aid, we recommend booking it prior to your visit by calling 02 8239 2211 during business hours. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please note that access aid equipment is limited, and subject to availability.
Information for visitors with physical disability and mobility issues
A mobility version of the self-guided experience is available for wheelchair users.
Due to the heritage nature of the site, wheelchair users follow a continuous and consistent path through the Hyde Park Barracks. This path of travel can be viewed on Site Map – coming soon.
Wheelchairs are available for free hire. We recommend booking a wheelchair prior to your visit.
Lifts and ramps
There are a number of entrances to the Hyde Park Barracks from Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road. We recommend entering the Hyde Park Barracks via the main entrance on Macquarie Street.
There is lift access in the main barracks building. Ramp access is provided across the site where needed to ensure a continuous and consistent path.
Information for visitors who are blind or have low vision
A descriptive version of the self-guided experience is available for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
There are tactile elements throughout the experience, including a tactile model of the Hyde Park Barracks.
Video magnifiers are available for free hire. We recommend booking a video magnifier prior to your visit.
We welcome assistance animals, and a water bowl is available at the rear building.
Information for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing
Neck loops for standard hearing aids are available. These are compatible with the audio device.
iPads with descriptive text are available for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.
We recommend booking a neck loop or iPad with descriptive text prior to your visit, as numbers of these devices are limited and they are subject to availability.
Information for visitors with autism or sensory sensitivities
Tips for a low-sensory visit
Minimise the time you or your family spends in a queue by buying tickets online before your visit.
Sensory packs for children are available for free hire. We recommend booking a sensory pack prior to your visit.
Find out more about Learning groups at the Hyde Park Barracks, including available programs and other resources.
Contact the SLM Bookings team to discuss your group booking:
T +61 2 8239 2211