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75 Amazing Facts about

Sydney, Australia [With Infographic]



25 Interesting Travel Facts about Sydney

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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is known to be the widest long-span bridge as well the highest steel arch bridge in the world.

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    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.

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    Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,000 mega litres of water.

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    Sydney is home to Opera Australia, the 3rd busiest opera company in the world.

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    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.

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    The Opera House’s sails were built using cranes specifically made for the job.

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    The roof of the Sydney Opera house is covered with more than one million tiles.

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    The Sydney general area is broken up into 38 separate governmental districts over a physical area of around 1,687 square kilometres.

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    The strength of Sydney Harbour Bridge was tested before its opening by placing 96 railway engines on the bridge.

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    The Sydney Tower stands tall at 324.8 metres. It is the second tallest observation tower in the Southern hemisphere and its possible to dine at the revolving restaurant at the top of the tower.

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    Residents of Sydney are colloquially referred to as “Sydneysiders.”

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    The Australian Museum, which opened in 1857 in Sydney, is Australia’s oldest natural history museum.

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    The Sydney Ferries carry over 14 million passengers each year around Sydney.

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    George Street in Sydney is the oldest street in the whole of Australia.

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    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.

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    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 the world.

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    Cricket, Rugby League, AFL and Rugby Union are popular sports in Sydney. AFL or  “Aussie Rules" as it is known has a local team called the Sydney Swans -  they are the only team who play in New South Wales.

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    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 Pittwater.

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    On January 18, 2013 Sydney had its hottest recorded day. It was 45.8 °C (114.4 °F) during a prolonged heat wave.

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    The coldest recorded temperature in Sydney was 2.1 °C (35.8 °F) on June 22, 1932.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s oldest newspaper. It has been published since 1831.

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    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.

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    Sydney is divided into 38 local government areas responsible for the New South Wales Government.

10 Unique Facts about Sydney

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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is nicknamed “The Coat Hanger” because of its arch-based design.

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    A Duck Fashion Show is held annually in Sydney, where ducks are attired with fashionable wares.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Sydney has over 100 beaches in the city, ranging in site form a few feet to several kilometers long.

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    The Australia Day Regatta is the oldest continuously-conducted annual sailing regatta in the world. The event began in Sydney in 1837.

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    In 2007 1,010 women wearing bikinis went to Bondi Beach. The event set the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit photo shoot.

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    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

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    The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's 3rd largest fish market.

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    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.

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    Kangaroo has been a source of meat throughout Australia since 1845. It was sold at an “extraordinary” nine pence per pound.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 then deep-fried.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Oysters were found in abundance on Sydney’s shores from 1804. By 1834 Sydney had special oyster rooms and salons.

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    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

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    For each decade since 1961 the population of Sydney has increased by more than 250,000. The 2011 population was 4,391,674.

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    As of 2011 there were 54,746 people of indigenous heritage living in Sydney.

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    Sydney accounts for over 25 percent of Australia's total economic activity including services, manufacturing, mining, finance, property and retail.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The Sydney Olympics were considered 'best ever games' by IOC president Juan Samaranch.

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    Sydney is the 12th most expensive city with property prices averaging over USD8000 per square meter.

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    The largest industries in the Sydney Metropolitan Region are retail trade, health care, social assistance, and manufacturing.

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    The Sydney Opera House hosts 3,000 events and 200,000 people take a guided tour of the building every year.

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    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 establishment.

10 Historical Facts about Sydney

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    In 1838 it was declared illegal to swim at public beaches during the day. This law was enforced until 1902.

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    Australia was the second country to give women the vote, following New Zealand.

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    January 26th is Australia day. The anniversary commemorates the ships arriving in Sydney carrying a load of Convicts.

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    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.

10 Sydney Fun Facts

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    Hugh Jackman, Iggy Azalea, Rebel Wilson, and Toni Collette are a few of many Sydneysiders.

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    In 2011 Oprah Winfrey famously dropped by eh Condi Icebergs during her visit to Australia.

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    Most of the exterior shots for Home and Away are shot at Palm Beach.

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    Frost/Nixon, The Great Gatsby, Independence Day, The Matrix, Planet of the Apes, are some of the famous films shot partially in Sydney.

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    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.

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    Cricket is a favoured sport in summer and big matches have been held at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1878.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, Johnny O’Keefe, The Easybeats, and Richard Clapton are some of the bands/artists who began their careers in Sydney.

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    Sydney is 1580 square kilometres across, which is more than double New York's 780 square kilometres.

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75 Facts About Sydney


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