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by Girlie Diaz (subscribe)
Part-time writer, full-time mum.
Published April 29th 2016
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The NSW ANZAC Memorial in Sydney. Photo from the NSW ANZAC Memorial Sydney website.

The ANZAC Memorial Sydney

The ANZAC Memorial in Sydney is a fusion of art and architecture. It was designed by George Rayner Hoff, a sculptor, and Charles Bruce Dellit, an architect. As Australia commemorates 100 years of ANZAC, the Centenary of the First World War, come visit the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney with family or friends. Share in the legacy of the brave men and women who have served this country in the armed forces, and see for yourself this wonderful fusion of art and architecture.

Click here for more information about the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney. It is open everyday except Good Friday and Christmas Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Entry is free (but you can always give a donation). Located within Hyde Park South, it is closest to cross streets Elizabeth Street and Liverpool Street. If coming by train, the closest station is the Museum Station.

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The Sydney Opera House, an Australian icon known worldwide.

Sydney Opera House

The iconic Sydney Opera House is, to the world, symbolic of Australia. It is included in all tourist itineraries when first visiting Sydney. Indeed, it is not only a city landmark, it is an achievement all Australia can be proud of. Yes, it was built not without controversy and with considerable cost overrun, yet even from that perspective, it is still an awesome testament to great things that can be achieved. The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, but did you know that the Reception Hall is the only authentic Utzon-designed space in the Opera House?

Come visit the Sydney Opera House (again) and discover more. Located adjacent to the Royal Sydney Botanic Gardens, the Opera House is accessible via the Circular Quay train station and ferry wharf. Join a tour for a closer look inside. The Sydney Opera House Tour is available daily from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 between 9am and 5pm, running for approximately an hour. Booking is essential with tickets at $37 for adults, $20 for children, and $28 concession. Family rate is $95 for 2 adults and 2 children below 15 years old, additional child for $12, children below 5 years old are FREE. Click here for more information.

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The St. Mary's Cathedral is a showcase of great architecture and serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney.

Saint Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral in the heart of the city is a landmark not easy to miss. It is one of the world's finest English-style Gothic churches, and at present serves as the mother church of Catholicism in Australia. It was designed by William Wilkinson Wardell in the 19th century, but did you know that the church, as Wardell designed it, was completed only 100 years after his death? While its foundation stone was first laid in 1868, the last of the spires was completed only in 2000.

Drop by the St. Mary's Cathedral and get the chance to see it up close. It is difficult to miss just across the street from Hyde Park. An exhibition on the early Sydney Church entitled The First Australian Catholics -- from Convict Ships to the Great Fire is housed at the crypt. Call the Cathedral on (02) 9220 0400 for opening times as the crypt may at times be closed for Mass and events. Click here for more information.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is not only an architectural wonder, it is also a vital artery in the transportation network that links north of Sydney to the central business district.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is iconic to Sydney and the whole of Australia. Completed in 1932, the harbour bridge is a major artery that connects Sydney CBD with the North Shore and all traffic north of Sydney. It is the world's largest steel arch bridge, but unfortunately is not the longest. It is a beautiful piece of engineering work though. When the bridge was inaugurated on 19 March 1932, the ceremonial ribbon cutting was supposed to be done by NSW Premier the Hon. John T. Lang. However, Capt. Francis de Groot of the New Guard paramilitary group beat him to it. Capt. de Groot cut the ribbon with his sword! (He was subsequently arrested, the ribbon tied back together, and the ceremonial cutting proceeded without further hitches).

Read more about the 10 Interesting Facts About the Sydney Harbour Bridge then come see the bridge for yourself. You can climb the bridge, but it is a little bit costly. As an alternative, climb the Pylon Lookout at less than a tenth of the price of a bridge climb. Click here for details. Walk across the bridge for picture-perfect views of the Opera House and the harbour. Sydney's lone amusement park, Luna Park, is a short walk from the north end of the bridge.
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Why? Visit Sydney attractions with rich history
Where: Sydney NSW
Cost: It is free to look and admire, tours may attract fees.
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