Australia is stated to be one of the best countries to live, offering a great atmosphere for a laidback lifestyle, diverse culture and an exceptional natural environment. It’s also one of the top destinations for tourists in the world due to its beauties, diversities and uniqueness, as well as natural wonders. If you have finally decided to visit Australia there is no doubt that you should head straight to the most famous tourist hotspot in the land down under, Sydney!
Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city offering fun and quite unique activities for tourists and residents. From the heritage parts of the city to the modern CBD area, each part represents a fusion of history and contemporary, oozing urban and noble atmosphere. In order to be able to experience it all, you should choose a heritage accommodation staying at the best Sydney hotels the Rocks area holds. Being the oldest district of the city, the Rocks near the darling Harbour offers some of the most breathtaking views and many touristic attractions worth witnessing.
Sydney is a magnificent metropole that will undoubtedly give you all the excitement you are looking for and much more than you can imagine. Therefore, we decided to put a long list of the most interesting and popular facts that make Sydney the amazing city it is today. Before you go, here is why this city should be on your bucket list.
General Facts about Sydney
- Known for its luxury and high-end buildings and hotels, Sydney is the 12th most expensive city in the world. The average property prices are estimated at USD 8.717 per square meter.
- Sydney was the site of the 1st European colony in 1788 when the first fleet came from England with their convict-bearing ships. They set up the colony of new south wales.
- Sydney is the capital of the ICT industry of Australia. 76% of the ICT regional headquarters and operating centres are located in New South Wales.
- 65% of the finance industry of Australia is located in Sydney, thus accounting for around 1/3 of the employment in this sector.
- According to scientists, the native Australians have inhabited Sydney at least 30.000 years ago.
- Sydney is known for its numerous beautiful sandy beaches, surfing, and sea. There are more than 100 beaches located in the city, which is one of the reasons for Sydney’s relaxed lifestyle and culture. The best-known beaches are Bondy Beach, Bronte Beach, Manly Beach, and Coogee Beach.
- Speaking of the beaches, the smallest one is McKell beach, located on Darling Point. This beach is so small that the only way to get to it is by boat at low tide.
- Cadman’s cottage is the oldest house in Sydney, built in 1816. It’s located in the famous The Rocks neighbourhood.
- George Street is the oldest street in Sydney and in Australia.
- Sydney has 658 suburbs, 33 of which are in the inner city region.
- Sydney was a location for many famous movie shoots, including the Matrix series, “Independence Day”, and “The Great Gatsby”.
- People who are born and live in Sydney are called Sydneysiders.
- Sydney was in the “Guinness Book of Records” for the longest pizza line at 221 meters. This line was created in the Italian quarter of Leichhardt.
- There are over 5 million people living in Sydney which is why more than 250 languages are spoken there. The main languages are English, Arabic, Greek, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Cantonese.
- Rugby is the most popular sport in Sydney. The National Rugby League, which began in 1908 in Sydney, is the biggest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
- Speaking of sports, the most popular summer sport in Sydney is cricket.
Facts about Sydney Tourist Attractions and Iconic Places
- The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is the tallest steel arch bridge and widest long-span bridge in the world. According to the Guinness Book of Records, it’s the 5th longest spanning-arch bridge in the world. Although officially known as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the locals call it “The Coat Hanger” due to its characteristic shape.
- The iconic Sydney Opera House cost AUD 102 million, which greatly exceeded the original estimate of AUD 7 million.
- Speaking of the Opera House, there are 15.500 light bulbs that are changed every year.
- The Sydney Tower was the tallest structure when it was opened in 1981 with 305 meters. It’s still the tallest building in Sydney and the second tallest in the whole country. And, it’s the second tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere.
- The Sydney Mint is the oldest public building in the Sydney CBD, built between 1811 and 1816.
- The small Sydney suburb Point Piper is the most expensive and exclusive spot in the city. It’s the 9th most expensive street in the world at AUD 20.900 per square meter.
- The endless enchanting blue water in Sydney is a result of the deepest natural Harbour in the world which holds 504.000 megalitres of water.
- The Blue Mountains got their name due to the eucalyptus forests. Their leaves produce a eucalyptus oil mist which creates the blue fog covering the mountains. This site has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2000.
- The Sydney Fish Market is the biggest fish market in the southern hemisphere and the 3rd biggest fish market in the world.
So, what do you think? We say Sydney is more than worth a visit. You’ll discover much more about Sydney and Australian culture by witnessing some of the most famous sites and places in this beautiful city.