Get your paintbrush out!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge (affectionately dubbed 'The Coathanger')
requires regular paint jobs as part of its maintenance. The surface
area to be painted is equal to about the surface area of 60 sports
Largest city in land size
Sydney is 1580 square kilometres across the same as London
and more than double New York's 780 square kilometres. Amsterdam
is 167 square kilometres, and Paris is a mere 105 square kilometres.
Voted best city in Asia-Pacific region
In 2001 and 2002, Travel and Leisure Magazine voted Sydney the
top city in the region, and one of the top ten cities in the world,
according to both travellers and tourist industry workers.
That's what we call cable!
Sydney Tower is stabilised by 56 cables each weighing seven tonnes.
If these cables were laid end to end they would stretch from Sydney
to Alice Springs or Sydney to New Zealand.
Opera House millions...
Approximately 4.5 million people visit the Sydney Opera House
each year. This is about a quarter of Australia's total population
and more than twice the number of yearly visitors to America's
When it comes to variety, Sydney's Fish Markets rank as the 2nd
largest in the world, boasting over 100 types of fish on the market
Largest display of Aboriginal art...
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is home to The Yiribana Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Gallery, the world's largest space
devoted to the permanent exhibition of Aboriginal art.
Voted Australia's favourite building!
Sydney's Queen Victoria Building (or QVB) on George Street is
the nation's favourite. Completely refurbished, the QVB is a shopper's
dream, with over 180 shops, numerous cafes and a fantastic food
Mysterious artefacts found in The Rocks
In 1989 on the site of the ANA Hotel in Cumberland Street, The
Rocks, three intriguing artefacts were found - not at all what
you would expect from the remains of houses dating back to the
1820s. There was an Egyptian "ushabti" figure made around
400BC, a topaz ring inset made in the fist century BC, and a Roman
coin dating to 123BC. It is unclear how these pieces were brought
to Australia by the 1820s.
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