15 Facts You Didn’t Know About Sydney

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Sydney is synonymous with the sun, sea, sand, and much more! With iconic landmarks, splendid weather, diverse culture, fabulous food, and friendly people, Australia’s largest and most vibrant city is one that you must tick off your travel bucket list. But before you do, check out these fun facts!

  1. Sydney was originally going to be named “Albion” until they decided to name it after the British Lord Sydney instead. There is still an Albion Street with many historic buildings that you can visit while you’re here.
  2. The Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest (but not longest) steel arch bridge and is nicknamed “The Coathanger” because of its unique shape.
  3. Back when Sydney was founded in 1788, ships from England would arrive there with convicts and leave them behind as punishment. In fact, 20% of Australians today have a “convict” ancestor.
  4. Danish architect Jørn Utzon won £5,000 for his design of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Well deserved, don’t you think? For the record, it was completed ten years behind schedule and exceeded its projected budget by more than fourteen times!
  5. During the 2000 Summer Olympics, the city actually ran out of the initial 70,000 condoms supply and had to order an extra 20,000. Since then, an order of 100,000 condoms is the norm. That’s probably a good idea, considering all the raging hormones.
  6. Every single pipe of the Grand Organ that’s in the Sydney Opera House has a name. In case you’re wondering that’s 10,154 names. Phew!
  7. If you want to visit Sydney’s oldest house, head to the Cadman’s Cottage built in 1816 in The Rocks.
  8. Back in the 19th century, Sydney had a ghostly railway service with funeral trains that would transport coffins and mourners from the aptly named Mortuary Station (located near Central Station today) to Roofwood Cemetery.
  9. The University of Sydney is Australia’s oldest college and was founded in 1850.
  10. Unsurprisingly, over 200 Hollywood and Bollywood movies have been shot in Sydney.
  11. You can complete the beautiful coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee in about 2 hours. It’s 6 km long and has spectacular views of beaches, cliffs, parks, bays, and rock pools.
  12. The Sydney Mint on Queen Street was originally built to be a hospital back in 1814. It was called the Rum Hospital because the contractors were paid with 45,000 gallons of rum! If you ask us, that’s as a good a payment as any.
  13. Sydney is sunny for almost 342 days in a year, out of which it rains for about 150 days. Perfect time to spot a rainbow!
  14. One of Sydney’s most famous cafes, Ambrosia On The Spot set a record in 2010 by making the world’s largest burger. It contained a 210 lb beef patty, 150 slices of cheese, 120 eggs, 5.5 lbs of tomatoes, and almost 4.5 lbs of lettuce. YUM!
  15. Australia is known for its crazy wildlife and while many of them just LOOK scary, the Sydney Funnel Web Spider actually is scary. Its fangs are larger than that of a brown snake and it can kill a human in 15 minutes. That’s a whole lot of NOPE!



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