What are 3 interesting facts about Sydney?

What are 3 interesting facts about Sydney?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/20/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Sydney is best known for its iconic landmarks. It’s also and is one of Australia’s largest cities.

Sydney has incredible architecture and many beaches. No trip to Sydney is complete without visiting a beach and seeing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. When you’re visiting the Opera House, pick one of the many bars or restaurants around it and enjoy the view.

1. Sydney has over 100 beaches

Sydney has some of the best beaches in Australia. From calm seasides to some of the busiest surf beaches. One of the most famous beaches is Bondi Beach which is only about a 20 minute drive from Sydney. Bondi is known across Australia as well as internationally. You might have heard of Bondi Rescue before! This beach has some of the best waves, so there are always surfers in the water. On a nice sunny day in Sydney, expect this beach to be packed with locals and travellers. Only a 30 minute drive from Sydney you can find another well-known beach, Manly Beach. Many people come to Manly Beach to relax for a day or to catch a few waves. Did you know that Manly Beach was where the first world surfing competition was held?

2. Sydney Opera House is one of the most known buildings in the world

Sydney Opera House is the most popular building in Australia and one of the most famous in the world. Jorn Utzon, a Danish architect designed the Sydney Opera House in 1956 for an international competition. This competition was for the National Opera House at Bennelong Point. The New South Wales government sponsored the competition for a building design with two halls. One hall was going to be used for large concerts and other events. The second hall was to be used for smaller events like theatrical presentations. In 1973, the Opera House completed construction and soon became one of the most famous buildings. In 2023, the Sydney Opera House celebrates its 50th anniversary.

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world

Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark in Australia and one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world. The bridge is 1149 metres long and was built in 1932. The Harbour Bridge was built to allow expansion in the north and to have people and goods across the bridge quicker. Now the bridge has eight lanes for traffic, rail tracks, a walkway, and a bike path. In 1998, people were able to climb the Harbour Bridge. Now there have been over four million people who have climbed the bridge.

When in Sydney, be sure to take a ferry that takes you under and around the Harbour Bridge. Enjoy some spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the city!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.