Victoria Barracks is in the
suburban area of Paddington, between Moore
Park Road and Oxford Street.
It is an Australian Army
base located north of the Sydney Football
Stadium, the Sydney Cricket Ground and Moore
The Headquarters Training Command and the
Headquarters Land Command are housed in
Victoria Barracks. The District Military
Prison, which was built in 1800, holds the
Army Museum of
New South Wales. The museum
is open every Thursday from 10 in the
morning to 12:30 in the afternoon. On
Sundays, the museum is open from 10:00am to
3:30pm. The Corps of Guides conducts tours
around the Barracks.
The Main Barracks is made of Hawkesbury
sandstone, and it was constructed by
convicts from 1841
to 1844. The building is
an example of Regency style architecture
along with the Rochester Terrace in Albert
The Officers’ Quarters, completed in 1842,
was the first building in the complex. In
1846, the Main Barrack Block saw completion.
It was built to accommodate over six hundred
soldiers. In 1856, the clock and the bell
were added to the structure.
Originally, troops from the British Army
occupied the Barracks. They vacated in 1870,
and Victoria Barracks became Australia’s
best training site until 1901.