Royal Hospital for Women Park

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COVID-19 safety

Our beaches, harbourside pools and parks are open.

To provide increased evening exercise opportunities for our residents, sports lighting is currently activated from 5-8.30pm Monday to Friday at all of our sportsgrounds: Andrew Petrie Oval and Woollahra Oval 2 and 3 (Woollahra), Christison Park (Vaucluse), Trumper Oval (Paddington) and Lyne Park (Rose Bay).

A NSW public health order limits outdoor exercise and public gatherings to two people (excluding members of the same household). If you are fully vaccinated, you can attend an outdoor gathering of up to five people so long as all those at the gathering aged 16 years or over are fully vaccinated. Stay local.
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Please maintain good hygiene and social distancing when using our fitness equipment and playgrounds. Mask wearing is mandatory when outside your home, except when exercising.

Our staff and security personnel will be monitoring crowds at the Woollahra Council beaches and parks. If these locations reach full capacity to the extent where social distancing requirements cannot be met, we will need to stop public entry until people leave the location and more space becomes available. Check our social media and VMS boards in our popular recreational locations for updates. Find out more about our COVID-safe summer initiatives.

We hope you enjoy our outdoor places and spaces.

Royal Hospital for Women Park

A green and pleasantly landscaped open space that provides opportunities for low-key informal recreation activities. The park reflects the village atmosphere of the surrounding area and incorporates many reminders of its former use as a hospital.

Getting here

Flinton Street, Paddington

  • Access from Glenmore Road, Flinton Street and Brown Street
  • Limited street parking
  • A short walk from Oxford Street
  • Bus stop adjacent to park

Facilities

  • Park benches
  • Interpretive signage

Dogs

  • Dogs are permitted off-leash between 3:30pm and 10.30am (Monday - Saturday).
  • Dogs prohibited between 10am and 8pm (Sundays only).

History

Royal Hospital for Women Park

Opened 9 April 2005, the park takes it name from the Royal Hospital for Women which stood on the site and surrounding land between 1901 and 1997. Read more information on the design of the park (PDF).

Royal Hospital for Women Paddington

The Benevolent Society of NSW transferred in 1901 from their original site near Railway Square in the city when that site was resumed for the new Central Railway Terminal moving to the 6.5 acre (2.6 ha.) area in Paddington that was originally granted to Roger Therry in 1832 on which the house 'Flinton' was built. There, the Society built and operated the Royal Hospital for Women, handing over the operation to the State Government in the early 1990s.

The Hospital closed in Paddington in June, 1997 transferring to new premises in the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick. The site is for development for public housing by the Stockland Property Trust - it was the last of the original land grants in Paddington that survived intact. See Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington: an Historical Outline for more information.

Plans of management

Park layout