75 Interesting Facts About Sydney That You Might Not Know 

Farina Khan

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Interesting Facts About Sydney

If you are planning to study in Sydney, you should be aware of the factual things about the city. Don’t miss exploring the city while studying in Sydney. The city is renowned for its various things and Sydney Opera House, and Sydney Harbor Bridge are top amongst them all. From lots of beaches to being home to the blue mountains and incredible architecture, the city has so much to offer. Let’s explore the interesting facts about Sydney that you might not know.

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  1. The nickname of Sydney is Sin City.
  2. Sin City was the name given in the 20th century because of the crime rate and corruption.
  3. Sydney is 610 miles across, which is more than double New York’s 301 square miles.
  4. George Street in Sydney is the oldest street in Australia.
  5. Sydney officially became a city in 1842.
  6. Sydney is situated at a similar latitude to Cape Town and Buenos Aires in the Southern Hemisphere and Casablanca, Los Angeles, and Beirut in the Northern Hemisphere.
  7. Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000, and the same number is the postcode.
  8. 2000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites found in Sydney.
  9. The area of Sydney’s inner city is 25 square kilometers which is 10 square miles.
  10. The area of the Greater Sydney region is 12,367 square kilometers which is 4,775 square miles.
  11. The urban area of Sydney measures 1,687 square kilometers i.e., 651 square miles in size.
  12. The urban Sydney is divided into 658 suburbs. 
  13. The City of Sydney is divided into 33 suburbs.
  1. One in eight people are over 65 years old in Sydney.
  2. There are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney
  3. One-third of residents speak a language other than English in Sydney.
  4. The main spoken languages include English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, and Vietnamese.
  5. Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
  6. Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world.
  7. According to the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2014, Sydney ranked 10th in terms of quality of living.
  8. There was no prison building between 1788 and 1792 in the city, but there were about 4,300 convicts.
  9. Each year the city hosts 3.5 million international visitors.
  10. 2.8 million international visitors went to Sydney in 2013.
  11. Sydney hosted  8.3 million domestic overnight visitors in 2013.
  12. Sydney is the highest-ranking city in the world for international students. 
  13. Sydney’s local AFL team, or  “Aussie Rules” only plays in New South Wales.
  14. The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s oldest newspaper published since 1831.
  1. Sydney has over 100 beaches of various sizes.
  2. The smallest beach in Sydney is McKell Beach.
  3. The city hosted the world’s largest running race with 80,000 runners participating in 2010.
  4. In 2007, 1,010 women reached Bondi Beach and set the Guinness World Record for the largest swimsuit group photo shoot.
  5. Sydney set the Guinness Book of Records for producing the longest line of pizzas at 221 meters.
  6. One of the most unknown facts about the Sydney Harbour Bridge is that it is nicknamed the Coat Hanger.
  7. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is made up of Steel, Granite, and concrete material.
  8. The 2.3 kilometre Sydney Harbour Tunnel, was completed in 1992.
  9. One of the amazing facts about the Sydney Harbour tunnel is its cost which was AUD 738 million.
  10. The most amazing fact about Sydney Harbour Tunnel is that it decreases the travel time by up to 10 minutes.
  1. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel saves 13 million litres of fuel a year.
  2. While reading about Sydney facts, it can’t be ignored that Sydney Funnel Web Spider is the most dangerous spider on Earth which can kill a human being in 15 minutes.
  3. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has four pylons which are completely decorative.
  4. The top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch actually rises and falls about 180 mm 
  5. In 1932, the  Sydney Harbour Bridge cost a horse and rider three pence and a car six pence to cross.
  6. The toll on the Sydney Harbour Bridge is GBP is now AUD 4 during peak hours.
  7. The strength of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was tested by placing 96 railway engines.
  8. Francis De Groot, a retired cavalry officer inaugurated the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He galloped forward on his horse and slashed the opening ribbon with his sword, However, he was fined for the cost of the ribbon.
  9. The Sydney Harbour has been the oldest continuously sailing regatta in the world since 1837.
  1. The first coat of Sydney Harbour Bridge took 272,000 litres of paint to cover.
  2. Grey colour was chosen due to its large quantity availability.
  3. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest long-span bridge in the world.
  4. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world. 
  1. The Sydney Opera House was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
  2.  Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House on October 20, 1973.
  3. The Queen has visited the Opera House four times since its opening in 1973. 
  4. The architect of the Sydney Opera House Jorn Utzon was initially rejected by three judges in 1956.
  5. Mr. Utzon resigned as the chief architect of the Opera House in February 1966, after not getting payments.
  6. The Sydney Opera House hosts 3,000 events 
  7. Every year the Sydney Opera House hosts 200,000 visitors.
  8. The Opera House’s sails were built using cranes made in France costing $100,000 each.
  9. The Sydney Opera House is 185 meters long and 120 meters wide.
  10. The highest roof point is 67 meters above sea level.
  11. The Sydney Opera House roof is made of 2,194 precast concrete sections.
  12. The weight of the precast concrete sections of the Sydney Opera House is up to 15 tons each.
  13. The Sydney Opera House has 6,225 square meters of glass and 645 kilometres of electric cable.
  1. The entire site of the Sydney Opera House covers an area of 5.798 hectares.
  2. Eight Boeing 747s could sit wing-to-wing on the site.
  3. The Sydney Opera House performances have an annual audience of two million.
  4. The largest of the Sydney Opera House’s seven venues is the Concert Hall with 2,679 seats.
  5. The smallest venue of the Sydney Opera House is the Utzon Room with 210 seatings.
  6. There are a total of 1,000 rooms in the Sydney Opera House.
  7. The Sydney Opera House is open to the public 363 days a year.
  8. The Sydney Opera House closes only on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
  9. 45. 6,233 square meters of topaz-coloured glass was used in the construction of the Sydney Opera House. 
  10. 15,500 light bulbs are changed every year at the Sydney Opera House.
  11. Sydney has the deepest natural harbour in the world with 504,000 megalitres of water. 
  12. Dr. Mark Lidwill in 1926 invented the pacemaker in Sydney’s Crown Street Women’s Hospital.

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