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Wish the Sydney Harbour Bridge a Happy 80th Birthday

November 1, 2012 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

Today's travel snapshot comes to you from a land down under, where kangaroos roam and koalas are not exactly bears. The locals call it Oz and if you have ever been lucky enough to land in this "Lucky Country," you could understand why the nickname exists. Australia, the only country-continent on Earth is just about the size of America, so it has about the same amount of things to visit.

More specifically, we come to you from the nation's largest city, Sydney. The city plays host to iconic Aussie symbols such as the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach. Naturally there's much more to this city then just three things, such as fine dining, local designer boutique shopping and museums for all tastes.

The city is built around one of the most beautiful harbors located smack in the middle of a city. The harbor plays as much a role in making this city a true down under gem as the people who call it home and, as a prominent feature of the city, you can always feel like you are in a smaller beach-side town. Best of all, the city uses the body of water to its benefit with water taxis and ferries to ease congestion and make excellent views more accessible.

Our focus today is on the iconic Harbour Bridge. Celebrating its 80th birthday this year, the bridge is more than just a way to get on the other side. It is the world's tallest steel arch bridge and, on the CBD side of the bridge where this photo was snapped, it finds its feet in a historic area called The Rocks. Cobblestone streets flanked by colonial buildings and workers' cottages hosting restaurants, hotels and boutiques all emulate the turn of the 20th century when Sydney really began to bloom.

Planning on heading down under and not afraid of heights? Take the bridge climb to get a bird's eye view of the harbor, Pacific Ocean to the East and miles and miles of suburbs to the west. Hey, if Oprah can do it, it can't be all that bad.

[Photo:Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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