10 quick facts about Sydney you may not know

Whether you’re new to Sydney or born and bred here, there may be some things you don’t know about our beautiful city. Things that are also helpful (and impressive) to whip out when you have friends/family visiting from out of town.

  • If you hear local’s talking fondly about “The Coat Hanger” they could be referring to The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • George Street is the oldest street in the whole of Australia.
  • We’re a multicultural city – English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese are the main languages spoken in Sydney.
  • Cadman’s Cottage in The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest house. It was built in 1816.
  • “Sculpture by the Sea” began in 1996 at Bondi Beach and is Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibit.
  • Sydney Fish Market is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and 3rd largest in the world.
  • Our infamous harbour is the deepest natural harbour in the world. It holds 562,000 mega litres of water at high tide.
  • Sydney’s Australia Day Regatta started in 1937 and is now the oldest continuous conducted annual sailing regatta in the world.
  • Most Sydney beaches offer picnic shelters, electric bbqs, play areas, kiosks, toilets and change-rooms.
  • We officially became a city in 1842.