The Archibald Fountain is located in Hyde Park in the green strip surrounded by the ancient trees of Sydney's centre. The fountain contributes to the serene nature and magical atmosphere of the park. If at any point you'd like to escape the rush and bustle of the city, simply wander into Hyde Park, relax on the grass, and dip your hand into the Archibald Fountain. The gentle rush of water and historic environment will remove all stress of the city environment.
The fountain is named after J.F. Archibald, whose name was also given to the popular Archibald Prize for portrait painting that is annually coordinated by the Art Gallery
of NSW. The Archibald Fountain was established in 1932, and the busy city district has developed around it. It was given to the City of Sydney as a gift by J.F. Archibald, who bequeathed it in his will. The fountain recognised the link between Australia and France in World War I, and its sculptor was the French artist Francois Sicard. The statue features mythical creatures and other animals.
Hyde Park is easily accessed from anywhere in the city area and is the perfect place for an inner-city picnic or meeting place. Also consider the other nearby attractions, including Hyde Park Barracks, the regular noodle markets and art exhibitions that are held in the park. Address: Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000.