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Did you know there’s a bridge in Sydney, Australia that’s nicknamed “The Coat Hanger?” It’s also the tallest steel arch bridge in the world!
If you’re from halfway across the globe, you may not know too much about this city. Whether you’re just curious or are about to embark on a trip over there, it’s good to know a bit about it.
Here are 10 facts about Sydney, Australia that are sure to surprise you!
1. Sydney Opera House Lights
You probably already know the iconic Sydney Opera House; it appears in every photo and postcard of the city.
But did you know there are 15,500 light bulbs inside? They have to be changed out every year, so you can only imagine what a grand task that is.
If you ever get a chance to visit the opera house, see if you can spot any that have gone out!
2. Sydney Ferries
When you visit the Sydney Harbour, you’ll find that you (and millions of other tourists) need an easy way to get across the waters. Chances are, you’ll take a ferry operated by Sydney Ferries.
What’s so amazing about this company is they’ve been serving the harbor ever since 1875. Every year, they serve over 14 million passengers!
Even if you don’t really have a good reason to cross the waters, consider taking a trip anyway. It’ll offer you a fantastic alternative view of Sydney.
3. Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower opened in 1981. Standing at 309 meters tall, it became Australia’s tallest building the day it finished construction.
Not only that, but also in all of the Southern Hemisphere, Sydney Tower is the second tallest observation tower. First place goes to Sky Tower, which is located in Auckland, New Zealand.
While the Sky Tower in Auckland is taller, do note that Sydney Tower’s main observation deck is higher than Sky Tower’s.
When you think of Australia, you think of beach-blond Caucasians who only speak English.
While Caucasians do dominate the demographics (43.3% of the city’s population are either English, Australian, Irish, or Scottish), there are so many other cultures present in Sydney.
In fact, there are over 250 languages spoken there! Some of the most common ones are English (obviously), Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Arabic, Vietnamese, and Greek.
5. Sydney Fish Market
The Sydney Fish Market is the largest one you’ll find in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s also the third-largest one you’ll see in the world, so if you get a chance to visit, you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic display.
This fish market was first established in 1945 and today, it serves both residents and tourists alike. Not only can you find fish stalls there, but you can also enjoy a bakery, delicatessen, gift shop, fruit and vegetable market, beverage outlet, and a seafood cooking school.
6. Surf’s Up
Many people flock to Australia for its amazing surfs. But for the most action, you’ve got to head to Sydney.
This city is home to over 100 beaches, which means it’d probably take you a lifetime to get through them all!
Even if you don’t enjoy surfing, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to enjoying yourself on a beautiful sandy beach. Definitely spend a lazy afternoon in the sun if you go to Sydney.
7. Most Expensive Suburb
As a whole, Sydney is already the most expensive Australian city to live in. An average house will cost $800,000 to purchase!
Sydney is also home to the most expensive suburb in Australia: Point Piper. Here, the average price of a home is $7 million! It’s not uncommon to see mansions worth $50 million in this suburb.
8. Deepest Natural Harbor
Sydney is world-famous for their harbor. The water there is just breathtaking!
Every tourist wants to take pictures there, as not only is the backdrop amazing, but the deep blue waters are stunning as well.
Sydney is home to the world’s deepest natural harbor and it holds 504,000 megaliters of water!
If you want to witness this view for yourself, consider getting a self drive boat hire. Not only can you explore the harbor at your own leisurely pace, but you can also fish!
9. Oldest Road
Australia’s oldest road is located right here in Sydney. George Street spans from The Rocks to Central Station.
This street was the original high street and to this day, remains one of the busiest streets in Sydney. If you travel along this road, you’ll see many of the city’s important buildings and high rises.
In 2012, the government discussed building a light rail on George Street. It was heavily criticized once construction began in 2015. It’s projected to be finished in 2020.
10. Biggest National Holiday
You’d think something like Christmas would be the biggest national holiday, but you’d be wrong!
In Sydney, the biggest national holiday they celebrate is on January 26th. This momentous day is when the British criminals set food in Sydney to make a life in this new country.
This day is known as Australia Day and every year, they have the Australian of the Year Awards. If you’re in town during this time, you’ll get to take part in many festivals and concerts.
Show Off Your Facts About Sydney, Australia
Now that you know some facts about Sydney, Australia, why not put them to good use? The next time your friends mention the land Down Under, just whip out these handy facts!
Or, if you’re lucky enough to go to Australia, you can keep these facts in mind while you’re touring so you get the most out of your vacation. You can keep your guide on their toes too!
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