Sydney Hospital

Now housing both the Sydney Hospital and the Sydney Eye Hospital, this imposing complex of sandstone buildings occupies the original site of the centre wing of the old Rum Hospital. Tours of the hospital’s historic buildings are available (bookings essential, (02) 9382 7111).

The little cobbled walkways that lead to the rear of the complex bring you to the oldest building, the Nightingale Wing, which houses the Lucy Osborne-Nightingale Foundation Museum . Among other items, you can see the sewing basket used by Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.

Museum open 10.30am–3pm Tues; (02) 9382 7427.

Before you move on, don’t forget to pay a visit to Il Porcellino, a favourite photo opportunity with tourists and a ‘collector’ of money for the hospital. It is considered lucky to rub the statue’s nose, then toss a coin in the fountain and make a wish.

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