Australia is a land of many natural marvels. It is no surprise therefore, that previous lists of the “Seven Wonders of Australia” comprise either entirely or mostly of natural wonders.
However, this list is different. This list was created using criteria that will make it more similar to the original seven wonders of the ancient world. The criteria are as follows: manmade structures that inspire awe due to their size, intricate engineering, and status as landmarks.
And so with that in mind here are the Seven Wonders of Australia:
Sydney Opera House
Perhaps Australia’s most internationally recognized building, this iconic performing arts centre is attended annually by more than 1.2 million people. The multi venue facility was opened in 1973 and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
This massive stadium is the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere and the tenth largest in the world. The MCG is home to the tallest stadium light towers in the world and can seat 100,024 spectators.
Australia’s most prominent tower, this 309m structure is the second tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. At the base of the tower is a large commercial centre that is surrounded by Sydney’s business district.
Australia’s new Federal Parliament building was opened in 1988 and houses the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Parliament House Art Collection. The Parliament House contains 4,700 rooms and acts as a central hub of Canberra.
Flinders Street Railway Station
Built in 1854, this railway was the world’s busiest passenger station in the late 1920s and continues to be Australia’s foremost centre of rail travel. With annual traffic of over 25 million people the Flinders Street complex is a well-known cultural icon of Melbourne.
Queensland Number One
Q1 is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and was the tallest residential building in the world at the time of its construction. The 245m building has 78 floors and is the centrepiece of Queensland’s subtropical paradise.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
This 134m tall bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. Spanning over Port Jackson the bridge connects the CBD and North Shore using 8 lanes of traffic, 2 rail tracks, a cycleway, and a pedestrian crossing.