A Walk Down Macquarie Street
Wander past Sydney’s remarkable sandstone buildings, down the historic thoroughfare of Macquarie Street and learn about Sydney’s development from a burgeoning penal colony to a thriving free settlement.
Explore Sydney through the lens of its convict and artistic past, focusing on the legacy of governor Lachlan Macquarie, often credited for laying the foundations of the modern city and expanding opportunities to emancipists. Start at Hyde Park’s J.F Archibald Fountain and learn about the legacy of its namesake. Discover the partnership between Australia’s first government architect, Francis Greenway, and governor Lachlan Macquarie on iconic landmarks such as the Hyde Park Barracks and St James Church. View the art collections of Parliament House and the State Library of NSW, before continuing along Macquarie Street to historic Customs House, finishing with lunch on Circular Quay.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.