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The Domain

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Located to the east of Sydney’s central business district, originally for the exclusive use of the colony governor, The Domain soon was used as a recreation area for the townspeople, a purpose which remains today.

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A view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House from The Domain.

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The castle-like, gothic Government House Sydney was built in 1845 as the residence for the governor of New South Wales, with the house and gardens entitled the Inner Domain. 

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Originally built in 1815 as a stables for the future Government house, the gothic building became the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1916.

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair was cut from sandstone by convicts to act as a bench for the Governor of New South Wales (1810 – 1821), Major-General Lachlan Macquarie’s wife, Elizabeth to sit and enjoy views of the harbour.o.

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.

The entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens which are adjacent to The Domain.

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Jazz In The Domain is one of the large open air concerts that are regularly held there during the summer months.