Sydney Australia Tourist Guide

Photo: Sandstone Facade with Statues and the Clock Tower

Photo: Sandstone Facade with Statues and the Clock Tower

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Department of Lands Building

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City of Sydney Australia

Sydney city central CBD has a number of landmarks, including the Department of Lands Building, situated on Bridge St. This iconic sandstone building, incorporating a number of innovative ideas for its time, was heritage listed in 1989.

Due to government initiatives, the building has now been leased for 99 years for redevelopment as an international hotel.

The present government, led by Bruce Baird, has promised the strongest level of heritage protection under the law, with the government retaining ownership.


The location has been in use by government since the very beginning of the colony of NSW, in 1788. Construction began in 1876 to 1880 for the first stage, and from 1888 to 1893. Another feature is that the facade has sculptures of various historic colonial figures of importance displayed on three levels.

It became Sydney’s largest building, occupying a city block and included a clock tower. The tower reaches a height of sixty one metres and is covered by a beautiful copper dome in an onion shape.

Within the building, the NSW standard Base Line was established in the ground floor corridor for location. As well, a Datum Plug, where all measurements above and below in NSW are noted in reference from, was placed on the front of the building.

James Barnet Architect

The building was originally designed by James Barnet, one of the most influential architects of NSW, many other buildings of note in the colony were designed by him including the General Post Office and the courthouse in Goulburn NSW.

NSW Map showing Goulburn

Map of Sydney

Map of Sydney Australia showing the Circular Quay and Bridge and Loftus Streets Sydney City Map. Shopping areas in Sydney are marked by yellow.

Nearby Places of Interest

Colonial Chief Secretary’s Building NSW

Sydney’s Hyde Park

Sydney Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney Central CBD

Centrepoint Tower Shopping

Sydney Australia Hotels

Nearby Sydney hotels available include a wide range of styles to suit almost any budget.

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