A Movie Studio’s Former Headquarters Is the Coolest New Hotel in Town

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/06/2019, 6:45 PM

A historic, copper-topped building that once housed the Australian headquarters of Paramount Pictures has been turned into a boutique hotel in one of the hippest parts of Sydney. The 29-room Paramount House Hotel, which opened this spring, occupies space that was used for the studio's offices and film storage. Incorporating the building's original features with new touches, the interior has expos...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

Doing the Famed Sydney Bridge Climb The Speedy Way

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/06/2014, 5:15 PM

Some 16 years ago, a clever entrepreneur named Paul Cave came up with the idea of allowing tourists to scale the arch of Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge (largest single span steel bridge on the planet). The activity has been an initiation rite, of sorts, ever since. In the lobby is a gallery with “Who’s Who” of contemporary celebrities giving a thumbs up to the camera at the peak of the sp...

Sydney Gets Lit: Vivid Sydney 2014 Brightens Up the Harbour

By Gretchen Kelly

Posted on 05/15/2014, 2:00 AM

Even on the dullest day, Sydney is a vibrant city. But from May 24 to June 10 Sydney will get “Vivid.” The annual winter (yes, it's winter in Australia now) Vivid Sydney Festival will see Sydney Harbour, including the famed shell-like Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, illuminated by thousands of colored LED lights. The concept of light bulb as idea icon is also in play.  ...

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