Originally built in 1815 as a stables for the future Government house, the gothic building became the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1916.
On the edge of the central business district and covering 34 hectares of park lands, The Domain is a major recreational area for the people of Sydney. It joins with the Royal Botanical Gardens and its surrounds include many of the historical features of Sydney.
The relaxing space among the hub bub of the city is used for family recreation and picnics, jogging, major events, outdoor concerts and cinema and has even been used for major political rallies should the need arise. One can often see people involved in soap box oratory informing the local citizens of their cause.