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Passage of time marked in gold

Located within the grand dame herself, the Queen Victoria Building, are two great clocks. These hang majestically from both ends of the celling. This one is the Great Australian Clock hanging at the northern end of the building. This clock weighs in at a staging 4 tons and measuring 10 metres tall. It also lays…

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September 16, 2021

Picnics never looked so good

Sydney is blessed with so many outstanding picnic spots that choosing one is almost impossible. There are though some that are simply too brilliant not to visit. The spot highlighted is one that ticks all the boxes. Scenic, romantic and family. Please consider when you really want to make out of town friends jealous! Bradleys…

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September 15, 2021

For King and country

The Corso is the best-known thoroughfare on Sydney’s northern beaches and hosts largest and most significant war memorial on the peninsula. Like most streets in Manly, The Corso gave some of its young men to what was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but sadly it wasn’t. As was the case with…

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September 14, 2021

Sydney’s forgotten girls

The Female Orphan School was first set built in 1801 on the corner of George and Bridge streets in Sydney. This establishment was driven by the zeal of Reverend Samuel Marsden, who wanted to replace the informal boarding out system to deal with orphaned and abandoned children in the colony. Marsden’s family would go on…

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September 13, 2021

The Brigadoon of Sydney seaside

Just like the mythical Scottish village that disappears and reappears again, Sydney too has a seaside spot that can vanish for years on end. This secret spot in Sydney is so secretive, it’s not even around for most of the year! This picture-perfect beach is around 100 metres north of Tamarama is actually hidden for…

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September 9, 2021

Taking a punt each way

Until the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, there were two ways of crossing the harbour with a vehicle. One was to go inland to Bedlam Point, near Gladesville where there was a punt, the other was to catch the horse ferry. There were several horse ferries operating in this vicinity, but only two wharves…

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September 3, 2021

Sydney – an English Lord, a French count, a headless saint, and even a drunken God

This is an intriguing story. Let me explain… Where did the name Sydney come from? OK let us begin. Two and a half thousand years ago in ancient Greece. There was once a fantastic God, who was worshipped throughout the Mediterranean. His name was Dionysus (also known as Bacchus), and he was the god of…

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August 31, 2021

Gemstone of Glebe

24 Hours in Sydney is proud that Sydney was blessed with many Art Deco style film houses throughout the suburbs. Many have gone now. Today we remember one of the best where this writer spent many a Saturday evening watching cult classic movies. The Valhalla was located in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Glebe. It…

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August 23, 2021

The Great Tank

When you next have 24 hours in Sydney, why not visit a local giant for your best day ever in Sydney Located within the leafy inner west suburb of Drummoyne is a reminder of days gone past. This imposing tank is the Drummoyne Reservoir which was owned by Sydney Water. Its sale of $3.75 to…

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August 20, 2021

Swimming for free with a million-dollar view

Located by the harbour at Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore is Sydney’s most beautiful pool. From its decks you enjoy panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. This majestic pool is open day and night throughout the year, and best of all it’s completely free to use. How good is that!…

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August 17, 2021

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