Sydney, Australia receives millions of tourists internationally and within the country each year. And this is for good reason. This diverse city – culturally, ethnically, and historically, boasts a wide range of things to do. Aside from the iconic attractions, Sydney has much to offer, including an eclectic collection of festivals that occur throughout the year, and receive niche tourists throughout the world. And perhaps that
is why Sydney is – a collection of niches. With urban enclaves sprinkled throughout the city, there are interesting things to be known, and to be found, about this city with an unprecedented amount of character.
25 Interesting Travel Facts
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is known to be the widest long-span bridge
as well the highest steel arch bridge in the world.
When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built the chosen paint colour was
grey because it was the only colour they around offered in a large enough
quantity to paint the bridge.
Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,000 mega
litres of water.
Sydney is home to Opera Australia, the 3rd busiest opera company in
It took 14 years to complete Sydney Opera House. By 1973 10 thousand
construction workers had worked on the project. The total cost was $102
million, which was more than 14 times the originally predicted price.
The Opera House’s sails were built using cranes specifically made for
The roof of the Sydney Opera house is covered with more than
The Sydney general area is broken up into 38 separate governmental
districts over a physical area of around 1,687 square kilometres.
The strength of Sydney Harbour Bridge was tested before its opening
by placing 96 railway engines on the bridge.
The Sydney Tower stands tall at 324.8 metres. It is the
tallest observation tower in the Southern hemisphere and its possible to
dine at the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower.
Residents of Sydney are colloquially referred to as “Sydneysiders.”
The Australian Museum, which opened in 1857 in Sydney, is
Australia’s oldest natural history museum.
The Sydney Ferries carry over 14 million passengers each year around
George Street in Sydney is the oldest street in the whole of
Once known as Redleaf Pool, Murray Rose Pool is a more private
harbourside pool named after the Olympic swimmer and sports commentator who
allegedly took his first strokes there.
The Express Walkway at the Domain Car Park in Sydney is 207 meters
in length and travels at 0.67 meters per second. It is the longest
continuous moving walkway the Southern Hemisphere and the third longest in
Cricket, Rugby League, AFL and Rugby Union are popular sports in Sydney.
“Aussie Rules" as it is known has a local team called the Sydney Swans -
they are the only team who play in New South
2000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites can be found in the Sydney area
from the Daruk tribe – whose territory used to extend from Botany Bay to
On January 18, 2013 Sydney had its hottest recorded day. It was
°C (114.4 °F) during a prolonged heat wave.
The coldest recorded temperature in Sydney was 2.1 °C (35.8 °F) on
June 22, 1932.
In 1988 they named the year a 'Year of Mourning' for Aboriginals.
They Aboriginal community staged a 5 kilometre march in Sydney to
commemorate the year.
Sydney's first commercial theatre opened in 1832 and nine more began
offering performances by the late 1920s. Theatre lost much of its popularity
to cinema during the Great Depression before experiencing a revival after
World War II.
The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s oldest newspaper. It has
been published since 1831.
There are six public universities based in Sydney. The University of
Sydney, which is one of them, was established in 1850 and is the oldest
university in Australia.
Sydney is divided into 38 local government areas responsible for the
New South Wales Government.
10 Unique Facts about Sydney
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of
its arch-based design.
A Duck Fashion Show is held annually in Sydney, where ducks are
attired with fashionable wares.
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas is an annual event that brings
leaders and culture creators throughout the world to Sydney to discuss
important contemporary issues.
The Sydney Funnel web spider is considered the world's most deadly
spider. Its fangs are powerful enough to bite through gloves and fingernails
and it has killed people in under two hours.
The pacemaker was originally invented in Sydney at Crown Street
Women’s hospital by Dr. Mark Lidwill in 1926. He connected a newborn baby’s
electrodes as it was suffering from heart problems. However, due to ethical
concerns Dr. Lidwill declined recognition for his invention.
Sydney is still referred to as ‘Sin City.’ This goes all the way back
to its founding in 1788 when ships from England arrived in the city to bring
convicts and leave them there as punishment. Apparently, 20% of people from
Sydney have a convict ancestor.
Sydney has over 100 beaches in the city, ranging in site form a few
feet to several kilometers long.
The Australia Day Regatta is the oldest continuously-conducted annual
sailing regatta in the world. The event began in Sydney in 1837.
In 2007 1,010 women wearing bikinis went to Bondi Beach. The event
set the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot.
At the Opera Theatre, a net was installed above the orchestra put in
the 1980s. This was decided after live chicken landed on a cellist after
walking off the stage during a performance of Boris Godunov.
10 Food Facts about Sydney
The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the
Southern Hemisphere and the world's 3rd largest fish market.
Sydney got the record from the the Guinness Book of Records for
producing the longest line of pizzas at 221 meters was broken in the Italian
quarter of Leichardt 2008.
Kangaroo has been a source of meat throughout Australia since 1845.
It was sold at an “extraordinary” nine pence per pound.
Damper Bread is an iconic and traditional Australian soda bread made
by swagmen, drovers, and travellers. It’s traditionally baked in the coals
of a campfire.
Meat Pies are one of Australia’s most famous dishes. Pies usually
have a beef, pork, or mutton filling with a dense and thick dough casing.
The Dagwood dog is an iconic Australian food often eaten at
festivals. It is essentially a hot dog on a stick, dipped in batter, and
Around 35 million packs of Tim Tams are sold each year. The popular
biscuit is made up of two layers of chocolate-malted biscuit, with a light
chocolate filling and melted chocolate between the layers.
The Lamington called the “National Cake of Australia.” The National
Trust of Queensland even named the lamington one of Australia’s favourite
foods. This square-shaped sponge cake is coated in a layer of chocolate
icing and desiccated coconut.
Oysters were found in abundance on Sydney’s shores from 1804. By 1834
Sydney had special oyster rooms and salons.
ANZAC biscuits were originally made to send to the Australian and
New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) serving in Gallipoli. They are usually made
with rolled oats, flour, desiccated coconut, and sweeteners.
10 Cultural Facts about Sydney
For each decade since 1961 the population of Sydney has increased by
more than 250,000. The 2011 population was 4,391,674.
As of 2011 there were 54,746 people of indigenous heritage living in
Sydney accounts for over 25 percent of Australia's total economic
activity including services, manufacturing, mining, finance, property and
It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Approximately 31.7% of its population is born overseas compared to the 22.2%
of foreign-born people throughout Australia.
Australian Football was created by Sydney-born men Tom Wills and
Henry Harrison. Tom played the Aboriginal game of Mangrook growing up. The
game initially was popular in Victoria, but was largely rejected by Sydney.
The Sydney Olympics were considered 'best ever games' by IOC
president Juan Samaranch.
Sydney is the 12th most expensive city with property prices averaging
over USD8000 per square meter.
The largest industries in the Sydney Metropolitan Region are retail
trade, health care, social assistance, and manufacturing.
The Sydney Opera House hosts 3,000 events and
200,000 people take a
guided tour of the building every year.
In 1960, Paul Robeson sang Ol' Man River to the construction workers
at the Sydney Opera House. He was the first person to perform at the
10 Historical Facts about
The first inhabitants of Sydney were indigenous Australians. Experts
believe, due to Radiocarbon dating, that people have lived in Sydney for
over 30,000 years.
After phasing out the Australian 1 and 2-cent coins in 1991, they
were melted down and used in the Sydney 2000 Olympics as Bronze Medals.
The city was going to be called Albion until it was decided that
Sydney, after British Lord Sydney, was better. However, ‘Albion’ was not
totally forgotten. Sydney’s Albion Street has many historic buildings along
its one kilometre stretch.
At the official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on March 19,
1932, a man with a sword mounted the bridge on a galloping horse. Captain
Francis de Groot, a Right wing New Guard member, burst through the assembled
dignitaries and broke the ceremonial ribbon imposer was able to.
The Mint Building on Queen Street was originally built to be a
hospital in 1814. It was called the Rum Hospital because the builders who
worked on the project did not get money for its construction.
Although many people think Sydney is the capital it is actually
Canberra. This was decided to settle arguments between Sydney and Melbourne
who were competing for the capital title.
In 1838 it was declared illegal to swim at public beaches during the
day. This law was enforced until 1902.
Australia was the second country to give women the vote, following
January 26th is Australia day. The anniversary commemorates the ships
arriving in Sydney carrying a load of Convicts.
A census taken in 1828 found that half the population at the time
was made up of convicts. Further, former convicts were said to make up about
half of the free population.
Hugh Jackman, Iggy Azalea, Rebel Wilson, and
Toni Collette are a few
of many Sydneysiders.
In 2011 Oprah Winfrey famously dropped by eh Condi Icebergs during
her visit to Australia.
Most of the exterior shots for Home and Away are shot at Palm Beach.
Frost/Nixon, The Great Gatsby, Independence Day, The Matrix, Planet
of the Apes, are some of the famous films shot partially in Sydney.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event.
900,000 people each year both locally and from around the clobe. It is a
celebration of Australian culture, traditions, and lifestyles, providing
unique experiences for everyone.
Cricket is a favoured sport in summer and big matches have been held
at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1878.
O! Sydney I Love You was the winner of a song writing competition
organized by The Sun newspaper. Len Maurice and the 2FC Studio Dance Band
recorded the song in 1927.
Sydney has a significant gay and lesbian community. Every year it
holds the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras tended by hundreds of thousands
of people from around Australia and overseas.
Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, Johnny O’Keefe, The Easybeats, and Richard
Clapton are some of the bands/artists who began their careers in Sydney.
Sydney is 1580 square kilometres across, which is more than double
New York's 780 square kilometres.
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