Things to do in Sydney in Paddington & Woollahra

Here is your guide to Paddington and Woollahra in Sydney including local business and attractions.

Things to do in Sydney around Paddington and Woollahra. 

You will come across many art galleries, cafes, restaurants, hotels an beautiful boutiques in this part of Sydney.

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When looking for things to do in Sydney, you can't ignore Paddington and Woollahra. For shopping and sophistication this is one of the areas in Sydney to visit.  Here you will find cafes, restaurants, artistan shops, boutiques, art galleries and parks. 
Centennial Park

Allow a lot of time when visiting Centennial Parklands because it is huge, 360 hectacres! The area includes Moore Park (including the Entertainment Precinct) and Queens Park. Apart from the Entertainment Precinct, the Parklands are listed on the State Heritage Register of NSW. So there is a lot of history.


Apart from the beautiful scenery you will find plenty of things to do including horse riding, bike riding, restaurant, picnics and much more.

Another delight of these parklands is the wildlife! Centennial Parklands provide lots of entertainment for visitors so check out the website below.


Paddington Reservoir Gardens

The award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street is a beautiful place to visit and explore. In the 19th century the reservoir supplied water to district however ceased in 1899.


Prior to the glorious state it is now, the reservoir had a few different ‘occupations’ including a stint as a petrol station. Now being heritage listed the gardens are safe from destruction. The gardens were transformed in 2009 and visitors could almost think they were in some ancient ruin in Rome. The restoration of the gardens features much of the original framework and consists of modern elements as well. Visitors can wander through the immaculate gardens and wide boardwalks and take a rest on many of the seating around the garden. The rooftop features a beautiful sunken garden.


The gardens are accessible and entry is free. Bus routes 378, 382 and 380 stop nearby.

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Franck Provost Paddington

Owned by Sydney Chic’s style editor, Glen Fitzgerald, this delightful salon will have you looking like a celebrity in no time (or an editor of a blog like our own Deb Carr who is the Brand Ambassador of this salon).


Glen, takes a personal interest in all customers of both Franck Provost in Paddington and his other salon; Franck Provost Double Bay. Client’s can expect that even if their preferred hair stylist is not available, anyone in this salon could fill their shoes.


Tucked away in Boundary Road amongst other stylists cafes and shops this is the place in Paddo to wind down, relax and walk out of the salon looking and feeling fabulous.



Paddington Markets

Paddo Markets have been a Sydney Icon for over 40 years and have a vast range of stall holders. You will find clothing, jewellery, candles, plants, flowers, art, food and much more. The Markets are open every Saturday and well worth a visit.



Five Ways Paddington, is in the heart of Paddington and boasts numerous cafes, bars, shops within the walls of historic buildings. Here you can relax with a coffee, great food or a drink and then shop for the latest fashion and accessories.


Juniper Hall

Juniper Hall is a two-storey building with a basement and four large rooms on each floor. In the past the rear of the home was a coach-house, stables and servants’ quarters. In 1852 the renamed ‘Ormond House’ was rented by the newly formed Society for the Relief of Destitute Children and became home to 130 children until the Society moved in 1858.


In 1984, the building was purchased by the National Trust of Australia (NSW), with a grant from the New South Wales Government.


It is also a permanent exhibition space for selected finalists of the Moran Prizes.


Queen Street Woollahra

Woollahra has a reputation for being Sydney’s most beautiful shopping village, and rightly so. This tree-lined street is home to a range of, fashion boutiques, artisan stores, cafes and restaurants, galleries, hotels and services.


Woollahra is located not far from Paddington and an easy walk to Bondi Junction. Walking around the streets of Woollahra your eyes will set upon beautiful heritage architecture.



Trumper Park

Surrounded by beautiful bushland and walks, Trumper Park (named after Victor Trumper) is the local sporting venue for cricket, athletics and Australian Rules. The park consists of turf cricket pitch, practice cricket nets, a turf running track, playground, grandstand and is adjacent to the tennis centre (ph 9363 4955) for tennis court bookings.


Enjoy the walking trails along the connecting streets.


Chauvel Cinema

Chauvel Cinema, has been operating and delighting guests in Paddington since 1977. In days gone by it was once the Paddington Town Hall’s Ballroom! The Auditorium still has a stunning barrel-vaulted ceiling, with proscenium arch stage.


This gorgeous cinema is known as a gathering place for true film lovers to share their passion for the best of independent and world cinema.