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Paddington Reservoir

Hidden in plain site on the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street is Paddington Reservoir. Visitors and locals may walk by Paddington Reservoir and think it is part of the apartment or surrounding shops, but Paddington Reservoir is anaward-winning venue in the City of Sydney.

The heritage listed site supplied water until 1899 and in the 19th century it was the source of water for Sydney’s growing population. In 2009, Paddington Reservoir opened to the public.

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Paddington Reservoir rooftop

Paddington Reservoir is a garden oasis in the middle of Oxford Street with beautiful gardens, walkways, and greenery. Bask in the sun on the roof-top that is covered in lush emerald green grass or relax with a book on one of the park benches. It’s the perfect place to take a work day lunch break or a weekend picnic for two.


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Paddington Reservoir oasis with Head On art installation

If the noise of the street is a distraction, climb down into the belly of the reservoir and escape to the garden oasis. The world above and the noise of Oxford Street seem to disappear like magic as you recline in one of the chairs or sit on the grass. You’ll feel as if you are in a zen garden instead of a bustling city.

Delve deeper and explore the East Chamber’s graffiti art and the foundation of the reservoir that has been refurbished and updated. 

This little hidden gem is a place of relaxation and quiet if you want to escape the urban noise of Sydney.

Paddington Reservoir Gardens
251-255 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021