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15 Facts About Sydney And All Things Australia That You Never Knew

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15 Facts about Sydney and all things Australia that you never knew…

1. Sydney is the biggest and most populous city in Australia. With 4.5 million people being accounted for in the 2009 census, Sydney holds just under 20% of the total population of Australia. That’s quite a fair bit if you think about the huge size of Australia.

2. Sydney’s inhabitants are very diverse. Most people have ancestry originating from beyond Australian borders. The convicts and the gold hunters!

3. The local nickname for the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the ‘Coat Hanger’. Can you guess why?

4. The Bridge opened in 1932 and is still the largest steel arch bridge in the world measuring 1,149 metres in length and 134 metres from sea level to the top of the arch. Pretty impressive hey?

5. Sydney’s tallest building is Sydney Tower rising 309 metres. The second tallest is Chifley Tower which stands 244 metres tall.

6. It was estimated that it would take just four years to build the Sydney Opera House with a crew of 10,000 construction workers. The House was finally opened in 1973, 14 years after construction began.

7. The top of the arch of the Harbour Bridge rises and falls up to 18 centimetres when the temperature changes. They put in special hinges to accommodate this. Hope this doesn’t put you off doing the bridge climb!

8. The Australian Coat Of Arms has a kangaroo and an emu on it. The reason being, kangaroos and emus can’t go backwards, they can only walk/hop forward.

9. Australia’s first police force was a band of 12 of the most well-behaved convicts.

10. In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records for drinking 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Bob later became the Prime Minister of Australia. Top stuff.

11. The country’s largest cattle ranch is 34,000 square km. Bigger than Belgium and almost as big as Taiwan. That’s gotta hold a load of cows.
12. Koalas sleep for 18 hours meaning that over an average ten-year lifespan, they are only awake for 2 ½ years. Not far off as much as a partying Sydney backpacker!

13. Australian town and suburb names include Humpybong, Woolloomooloo, Nowhere Else, End Of The World, Mount Buggery and Ozenkadnook, which means ‘very fat kangaroo” in the local Aboriginal dialect. Haha.

14. Australians eat 260 million meat pies every year, around 12 per head. That’s a lot of pie.

15. Fifteen months of hard work go into designing and preparing Sydney New Year’s Eve each year. It draws larger crowds than Paris (100,000), London (700,000), Berlin (1 million) and New York City (1 million) with about 1.6 million people gathering on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and 2.6 million watching the fireworks on TV. Sounds like a pretty awesome party to me!

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Come and stay at Jolly Swagman Backpackers Sydney to get the best backpacking experience in Australia.

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