Interesting facts about Sydney

Posted on Mar 12, 2022      65

Magnificent and glittering, Sydney can be safely called one of the most modern and comfortable for life megacities not only of the southern hemisphere, but the entire world. Over the centuries, it has evolved from a small community into the cultural and economic center of the entire continent, and it’s no wonder it attracts so many tourists.

Facts about Sydney

  • Among all cities in Australia, it is the largest and the oldest.
  • The name of Sydney has never changed since its foundation in the late XVIII century. It received it in honor of Lord Sydney, a British minister.
  • Among all Australian cities, Sydney ranks first in cost of living.
  • Recent research has shown that the Australian Aborigines lived on the site where this city is now located about 30,000 years ago.
  • There are no dangerous insects in Sydney itself, but the suburbs are full of them. For example, there is a deadly poisonous raven spider, which can bite through even a thick boot.
  • The most recognizable building in Sydney is the futuristic building of the local opera house known throughout the world.
  • Once there was registered a heat of +45.8 degrees. And the record minimum temperature is +2.1 degrees Celsius.

  • About 30% of Sydney’s population are immigrants born outside Australia.
  • Once a year there is an unusual fashion show, in which ducks play a major role.
  • The first European to visit these parts was the famous British navigator, James Cook.
  • Sydney is one of the ten most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world.
  • For years, the city has been fighting with Melbourne for the right to be called the capital of Australia. In the end, the dispute ended in a draw - another city, Canberra, was built specifically to become the capital.
  • There are no paper or cardboard tickets on Sydney’s public transport for many years. Only contactless systems have been used to pay here for a long time, and special applications for smartphones are popular.
  • In the 19th century, Sydney was the principal place of exile of convicts from Great Britain.
  • In 1999, the city was hit by one of the heaviest hailstorms in the history of world observation. Individual blocks of ice falling from the sky reached 8-9 centimeters in diameter. It caused an estimated $1.7 billion in damage to Sydney.
  • About 70% of the population of the Australian state of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, lives in this very city.
  • Initially, it was assumed that the construction of the famous Sydney Opera House will cost 7 million dollars, but in the end the city authorities have spent on this project 102 million.

  • Sydney has consistently ranked among the “10 most expensive cities in the world”.
  • At the beginning of the XVIII century, rum was actively used here as “currency” .
  • Near to Sydney since 1972, moored ship SS Ayrfield. It was supposed to be dismantled, but the ship was simply forgotten, and over the decades it has become an amazing local landmark - a floating forest.
  • The organ in the Sydney Opera House has as many as 10,154 pipes! And each one has its own name.
  • It was in Sydney in 2000 that the Olympic Games were held.
  • The Sydney Opera House was personally opened by Queen Elizabeth II of England in a ceremony.

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