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Situated at the southern end of Hyde Park,at the head of the Pool of Remembrance, this imposing Art Deco building stands 30 meters tall. Built in 1934 to commemorate the brave Australians killed in World War I, the Anzac War Memorial contains the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and a small museum with photographic and military artifacts. The monument was designed by C. Bruce Dellit and boasts sculptures by famous artist Rayner Hoff. The central statue highlights the fragility of man and the huge sacrifice some are willing to make for others.
Like all Chinatowns across the globe, this area in central Sydney is famous for it's Chinese restaurants, antique shops and annual festivals that are celebrated here. The place has a distinct Chinese look to it, be it the architecture or the colorful items on sale in shops. The suburb has gradually evolved into a shopping and market place.
Bonza Bike Tours are fun, energetic guided experiences showing you a Sydney that you won't find in your guide book. This leisurely trip with over 15 stops includes visiting Hyde Park, Mrs. Macquaries Point and the stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Explore the history and culture of Sydney from the internationally famous sights down to the neighborhood spots that make Sydney one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The tours which last for 4 hours each, start at 10:30am and 2:30 pm.
Darling Harbour offers tourists a trendy blend of shopping, eating and entertainment opportunities. The Harbourside Shopping Centre houses many upmarket retail outlets, selling souvenirs, jewelery, fashions, and home wares. There is a food court and some expensive restaurants boasting modern dining and harbor views. In contrast, a walk through Tumbalong Park brings you to the hustle and bustle of Chinatown and Haymarket. This is the place to pick up authentic Asian products and the location of some of Sydney's best Chinese restaurants. From Thursday to Sunday every week, over 800 stalls sell clothes, souvenirs, pets, electrical goods and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Sydney Town Hall symbolically reflects the city's origins as Australia's oldest settlement. While the building was constructed in two stages between 1866-75 and 1883-88, the latter, with its Second Empire architecture and ornate clock tower, is more ornate. The building was crafted out of local Sydney sandstone and features several sections of note, including the Centennial Hall, the Vestibule, and the Council Chambers. The Centennial Hall houses the Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ, which is heralded as the largest pipe organ with tubular pneumatic action in the world. Visitors can explore the building on guided tours that depart from the Town Hall steps. Highlights include the Vestibule, the Centennial Hall, the North and South Staircases, the Council Chambers and the Lady Mayoress' Room, together with the Town Hall's extensive collection of paintings and silverware.
The Goods Line is a new phenomenon in urban planning that has won its architects the "Planning Excellence Australia Award for Urban Design" in 2014. In the 19th Century, this corridor was a railway line transporting timber, shale and coal. Today, it is a spectacular linear park connecting Darling Harbor to Railway Square. This car-free walkway mirrors The High Line in New York and forms an elevated corridor flanked by grassy patches and fig trees. It is situated in an area known for a plenitude of media agencies, entrepreneurial firms and colleges, and this walkway comes as a welcome pedestrian zone for at least 80,000 students. The Goods Line boasts study pods placed under shady trees, colorful work tables, and WiFi access in some zones. It also has picnic and ping pong tables, a kids' water park, a sand pit, a gym, and an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and movie screenings. The pathway is designed in such a way that citizens feel quite at home and gather here to play, socialize, debate, study or enjoy picnics. Besides, it also performs the dual function of easing pedestrian traffic on the main roads and making Ultimo a more eco-friendly neighborhood. The highlight is the Goods Line entrance to Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, a structure with quirky architecture that has earned it the apt nickname “Brown Paper Bag Building.”
At the western end of the magnificent Queen Victoria Building in downtown Sydney, next to an imposing statue of the lady herself, is a rather unusual wishing well. It features a bronze statue of the Queen's favourite dog, Islay, a Skye Terrier. He is raised on his hind paws, cast in bronze with realistic fur and panting mouth. And he has been given the power of speech. Or rather, he has been given a recorded message by radio personality John Laws which broadcasts every few minutes asking passers-by to throw a coin into the well and make a wish. Islay raises thousands of dollars for the NSW Institute for Deaf and Blind children every year. Not bad for a statue.