Sydney's the happiest place on Earth, and here's 100 reasons why: people, places, views, eats, rides, artifacts and twin penguins (yes!) guaranteed to make you smile. Disneyland: you ain't got nothin'
91. Replica Eternity at Town Hall Square
The original graffito tag of “Eternity” has vanished, but Town Hall Square has replaced the chalk with aluminium replicating the flowing handwriting of the wandering eccentric, Arthur Stace.
92. Woo loo moo loo sign
93. Scotland Island
Pittwater’s Scotland Island is a scenic gem, but the true beauty of the island is the community: a charming collection of artists and other likeminded folk happy to live a short boat-trip from the rest of us. Catch the Church Point Ferry, 1858A Pittwater Rd, Church Point 2105.
94. Cronulla to Bundeena ferry
Painted green, white and gold, the tiny ferry that chugs from Cronulla to Bundeena (and vice versa) takes just as long, and costs just as much, as the train ride from the city. Unlike the train, you won’t want to get off. $6.30 each way.
95. Will Coles’ street sculptures
Occasionally they’ll materialise in galleries, but Coles’ concrete washing machines and television sets feel more at home on the streets of Newtown, embedded like meteorites in the pavement, to be noticed (or not) by passersby.
96. Bare Island, La Perouse
Abandoned as a fort in the late 19th century almost as soon as it was built – “inferior concrete”, deemed a Royal Commission – this island in ‘La Pa’ is a great daytrip (for fort fans) and the waters offer excellent under-the-sea sightseeing.
97. Sydney University Main Quadrangle
This imposing, Edmund Blacket-designed, Neogothic quad is also home to a wizened Jacaranda tree that works as a warning sign for wayward students: haven’t started studying for exams by the time it flowers? You are (probably) shit out of luck.
98. The State Theatre
Designed at the dawn of talking pictures, the State answers the question: “How rococo can you go?” And it isn’t being rhetorical.
100. Harry Seidler
The Austrian-born architect gave us Rose Seidler House, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre and dozens of Sydney’s other city-shaping buildings.