Ok, BMAC, we get it, you’re obsessed with Australia and becoming the Chief Funster. What’s so awesome about Sydney anyways? Well, let me be the first to tell you! Here are 5 of the “must see” attractions and some fun facts! For more information, be sure to click on the hyperlinked words embedded in this post to take you directly to the official websites for these places.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world’s largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. The top of the arch actually rises and falls about 180 mm due to changes in the temperature!
Fondly known by the locals as the ‘Coathanger’.
The Bridge has an interesting past including its official opening on 19 March 1932. Before the NSW Premier, the Honorable John ‘Jack’ T. Lang, could cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Harbour Bridge, Captain Francis De Groot of the political group The New Guard slashed the ribbon with his sword. Captain De Goot believed that the only person to open the Bridge should be a member of the Royal Family. Captain De Goot was detained, the ribbon tied together, and the Premier then officially cut the ribbon.
Since 1998, you can climb the bridge during the day, twilight and night. A group of 12 will leave for a climb every ten minutes. The safety precautions taken include a blood alcohol reading and a Climb Simulator, which shows Climbers the climbing conditions that might be experienced on the Bridge.
Ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world, the striking design has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions.
If you visit the tower, the SKYWALK is a “must-do” attraction! You’ll be walking on air 268 metres above Sydney with the streets directly beneath your feet. An experienced guide gives you an insider’s commentary on the amazing sights and landmarks of Sydney, plus the opportunity to have your photograph taken on the glass platform with the harbour as your backdrop.
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center. It is one of the most recognizable images of the modern world and has come to represent Australia. More than 7 million people visit the Opera House each year, 300,000 o whom take a guided tour. It was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973. Its first performance was The Australian Opera’s production of War and peace by Prokofiev. The Opera House is home to 1600 performances each year including ballet, opera, theatre, dance, music, comedy, kids shows, talks and more.
Bondi Beach is one of Australia’s most famous beaches and well-known worldwide. It has probably featured on more postcards and more television shows and films than any other in Australia. Each year tens of thousands of people, from backpackers to billionaires, take to the golden sands of this wide, one-kilometre long city beach expanse to walk, jog, or just soak up the sun. Being only 10 kilometres from the city centre, Bondi Beach is one of Sydney’s busiest beaches. There’s a host of events held here all year round from community art shows to city to surf running marathons.
Sculpture by the Sea began in 1997 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi Beach and is now an annual event, held over the first three weeks of November. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery as the works of sculpture are spread across the cliff from Tamarama Beach to Bondi Beach. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk. Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi attracts an estimated annual attendance of 500,000 people each year to view the sculptures.
I hope I’ve been able to teach you a few things you didn’t know about Sydney and shown you what a desirable location it is for your next vacation! Send BMAC Down Under so I can get first hand experience at all of these places and learn all the ins and outs of being a Sydneysider to give all of you the best advice for visiting Sydney, Australia!
**Most of the writing in this blog is not my own and was taken directly from the websites that are hyperlinked in this post. I got the photographs from both Google images and the websites that are hyperlinked in this post.