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10 Interesting Water Features in Sydney

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Published July 5th 2013
Discover interesting water features around Sydney
There are many fountains or water features around Sydney. Some are historical memorials built and named in honour of a person while some are just ornaments to beautify the city. Regardless of the purpose, these fountains are some of the delightful ones to visit.

Lake Northam fountain, Victoria Park, University of Sydney, yacht sculpture, Bill Northam
Lake Northam Fountain @ Victoria Park

1. Lake Northam Fountain, Victoria Park
This lake is one of the attractions in Victoria Park, just next to the University of Sydney entrance avenue at the intersection of City Road and Parramatta Road. It was named after Bill Northam - an Australian 1964 Olympic Games gold medalist for yachting. Benches were installed around the lake for visitors to relax and have peace of mind.

J.F.Archibald, memorial fountain, Archibald fountain, Hyde Park, City of Sydney,
J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain @ Hyde Park

2. Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park
Unveiled in March 1932, the J.F. Archibald Memorial Fountain or commonly known as the Archibald Fountain commemorates the relationship of Australia and France in World War II. Today, it is without a doubt one of the most popular tourist landmarks in Sydney. It was designed by a French artist named François-Léon Sicard, and named after J.F. Archibald - owner and editor of The Bulletin magazine, who was very much inspired by French culture.

El Alamein Memorial Fountain, Kings Cross, City of Sydney, water feature, Bob Woodward
El Alamein Memorial Fountain @ Kings Cross, Source: Wikipedia by Angus Fraser

3. El Alamein Memorial Fountain @ Kings Cross
This award-winning war memorial was completed in 1961 by an Australian-born architect, Bob Woodward. It was built in honor of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in 1942 battles at El Alamein, Egypt during World War II. The fountain is located at the corner of Darlinghurst Road and Macley Street.

Martin Place Fountain, water feature, Martin Place, Sydney
Martin Place Fountain @ Martin Place, Source: Wikipedia by Rozom

4. Martin Place Water Fountain - Martin Place
The water fountain is located in front of the amphitheatre on Pitt Street, just a short stroll from Martin Place railway station. As one of the many interesting features surrounding Martin Place, the water fountain was featured several times in movies such as The Matrix and Superman Returns.

Barry Wilde Bridge Fountain, Parramatta River, riverside walk, water feature
Barry Wilde Bridge Fountain @ Parramatta Riverside Walk

5. Barry Wilde Bridge Fountain - Parramatta Riverside Walk
It is the first bridge fountain in Australia and the world's third. The bridge was originally built across Parramatta River in 1975, and named after an Australian politician, Barry Charles Wilde. The fountain however, was just installed and completed in 2012. It pumps 110 litres of water directly from the river every second, incorporating animated lighting and colours. The fountain operates daily from 12pm to 2pm (Water fountain only) and from 5.30pm - 9.30pm (Water fountain with light show).

The Dancing Brolgas Fountain, Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Water feature, Sydney,
The Dancing Brolgas Fountain @ Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour. Source: Flickr by PauaNZ

6. Dancing Brolgas Fountain - Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour
This unique water feature was designed and built by Terrance Plowright in 1998. There are twelve sculptured brolgas birds made of cast bronze standing at 1.6m each, surrounding the fountain which spirals vertically.

Spiral fountain, darling harbour, robert woodward, water feature, Sydney
Spiral Fountain @ Darling Harbour, Source: Wikimedia by Adam J.W.C

7. Sprial Fountain - Darling Harbour
Another interesting work of art by Bob Woodward which proved to be a hit among tourists and children. The water swirls in cascading steps below ground level. It is specially designed for people to walk along the spiral path to get to the centrepiece.

Tumbalong park fountain, darling harbour, water feature, sydney
Tumbalong Park Fountain @ Darling Harbour

8. Tumbalong Park Fountain - Darling Harbour
Set in the heart of Darling Harbour's Tumbalong Park, this is one of the many fountains / water features found in the park. It is a great place for children to take respite from hot summer days.

Macquarie University Lake, Sculpture Park, Water jet fountain, Sydney, water feature
Water jet fountain in Sculpture Park @ Macquarie University Lake

9. Macquarie University Lake Fountain - Macquarie University
The water jet fountain at Macquarie University Lake is located within the university's Sculpture Park. The picturesque landscape of the park and the fountain in the lake make an ideal spot for reflection and relaxation.

The northern water feature, Sydney Olympic Park fountain, homebush, water feature, sydney
The Northern Water Feature @ Sydney Olympic Park, Source: Flickr by Simon_Sees

10. The Northern Water Feature @ Sydney Olympic Park
This ecologically designed twelve-meter fountain is at the northern end of the Olympic Plaza. Next to it is the Haslam Pier walkway which leads to Haslam Creek lookout place.
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