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Sydney Fun Facts

Sydney is one of the largest cities by land size, almost the same size as London and almost twice the size of New York.

The original Aboriginal inhabitants of the City of Sydney local area are the Gadigal people. There are about 29 clan groups of the Sydney metropolitan area referred to collectively as the Eora Nation.

Sydney is without sunshine for only 23 days a year, however, rain falls on about 150 days a year.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge measures 1,149 meters and is the widest long-span bridge and tallest steel arch bridge in the world. It is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.

During the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just as the ribbon was about to be cut, a retired cavalry officer galloped forward on his horse and slashed it with his sword, declaring the Bridge open in the name of 'the decent citizens of New South Wales'.

The Sydney 2000 Olympics Bronze Medals were made from the Australian 1 and 2 cent coins, which were phased out in 1991.

The cost of building the Sydney Opera House exceeded its projected budget by over fourteen times ($102 million instead of the original estimate of $7 million) and was completed ten years behind schedule.

Things to See in Sydney

Circular Quay with Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge  |  Manly  |  The Rocks – Bondi Beach  |  Blue Mountains  |  Royal Botanic Garden