Sydney, the capital of New South Wales is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. The city, which is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, has some interesting facts about it. Read on for our collection:
1. Sydney is the 73rd most populous city in the world. It is also the 21st most-expensive city in the world.
2. The local nickname for the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the ‘Coat Hanger’, because of its arch-based design. The Bridge is 1511.3 feet wide; and took over 8 years to build it.
3. The Rocks in Sydney is one of the most-visited sites. Called the “birthplace of Sydney”, some of Sydney’s oldest pubs can be found here. You’ll also find a maze of cul-de-sacs and courtyards, with historic buildings sitting next to vibrant modern cafes.
4. Sydney Tower is the city’s tallest building. You can have a great view of the city at the top of the tower.
5. Sydney Opera House holds 5 theatres. You can take a guided tour that’ll take you backstage to learn more about this world-renowned landmark. Approximately 4.5 million people visit the Sydney Opera House a year.
6. A resident of Sydney is known as a Sydneysider.
7. In terms of variety, the Fish Markets of Sydney rank as the 2nd largest in the world.
8. The main languages spoken in Sydney are English, Chinese and Arabic.
9. The Sydney Funnel web spider is considered the world’s most deadly spider. It is the only spider that has killed people in less than 2 hours.
10. Being Australia’s first and largest city, Sydney – also known as ‘Sin City’ – was wanted to be the capital of Australia, but its convict stigma counted against it.
What other interesting or weird facts have you got about Sydney? We would like to hear from you!