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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

Spend a penny

Poking through the top of flower beds is the spire of the old underground public toilets located in Hyde Park at the North-East corner of the intersection of Park and Elizabeth Streets in the CBD. These facilities were one of several underground facilities built during the early years of the 1900s. During the 1800s the…

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August 27, 2021

The Principality of Wy

This lounging royal is in fact the Monarch of the Principality of Wy, a self-proclaimed micronation located right here in Sydney. A micronation is defined as “A small area or political entity that claims national sovereignty but is not recognized by other sovereign states.” The Principality of Wy was created after Prince Paul Delprat (pictured)…

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August 19, 2021

There’s a bear in our school!

This is what is left of one of Sydney’s first zoos. This is a bear pit within the grounds of Sydney Girls High, at Moore Park. The Moore Park Zoological Gardens opened in 1884. Prior to that, Sydney’s main zoo was positioned in the Botanic Gardens. The Moore Park Zoo was created after the NSW…

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August 13, 2021

The Sydney Sphinx

That’s right! Sydney has its very own Egyptian Sphinx. It was carved by WWI veteran William Shirley, “The Sphinx” can be found near the entrance to Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park at Bobbin Head Road and forms the centerpiece of a WWI war memorial. Private Shirley carved this piece while a patient at the nearby Convalescent…

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August 12, 2021

The mystery of the Pittwater pyramids

It may be easy to overlook these pyramids around Bayview in Sydney’s north but they are in fact some of the last remaining structures from World War II. From 1941 to 1942, the Federal Government aimed to protect mainland Australia and ensure that they had adequate defenses in place to defend the area from Japanese invasion….

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August 10, 2021

Room 8 in the Russell Hotel…sleep there if you dare

This is known as the most haunted hotel room in Australia, said to be inhabited by the ghost of a sailor murdered by a prostitute. The ghost supposedly only appears to women sleeping alone, recreating the circumstances of his death. Employees have said they felt like they were walking through a cobweb, like they were…

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December 10, 2020

Sydney has the fastest egg in the world?

When locals think of Sydney, they think of the harbour, the good weather, and the beaches. But what about our world records? Sydney is a city of great individuals. It is also a city that continuously brings people together. And when great individuals come together, records are sure to come crashing down. From the crazy…

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November 26, 2020

Entombed in a Sydney Icon

The Sydney Harbour Bridge was first opened in 1932. It took enormous effort to build with workers being pulled to work on the project from all parts of the world. Three ships were constructed exclusively for the task of carrying materials from Moruya Quarry for the massive 89 meter pylons. There are 16 officially reported…

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October 11, 2020

Wonderland City or Elephant graveyard?

If you were looking out over Tamarama beach in 1906, your view of the ocean would have been interrupted by a rollercoaster. The track ran in a loop, twisting and turning from one side of the cliffs to another, elevated on tall metal stilts. It was part of Wonderland City, a theme park that offered…

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October 10, 2020

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