Sydney is one of biggest cities in Australia and the capital of South Wales. The city is well-known for its many beaches and the famous harbor-front known as Sydney Opera House. The city covers an area of 12,368 sq. km with a population of more than five million people. In fact, Sydney is the most populated metropolitan city in entire Australia. The people who reside in Sydney are known as Sydney-siders.
The city is inhabited by different groups of people who speak over 250 different languages. However, the main language in Sydney is English and only a third of the population speaks other languages. Sydney also functions as an administrative city since it is one of the official residences of the Prime Minister and Governor-General of Australia.
Sydney is blessed with natural spots like botanic gardens, beaches, parks, and other natural harbors, for example, Sydney Harbor. Below are the things you didn’t know about Sydney.
Source of Nickname ‘Sin City’
You have probably heard the name ‘sin city’ being referred to Sydney city. The name was given to Sydney as a nickname during the 2nd half of the twentieth century. The name was as a result of various organized crimes that were being conducted in grip of the city. Also, corruption from the top levels of political statures was rife. The city also experienced infiltrating instances of law-breaking and injustices hence the name ‘Sin City’.
Sydney believes that all people should be served and regarded equal regardless of their sexuality. In that case, Sydney is one of the leading cities with many LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community members. Essentially, Sydney city has the biggest population of gay people in the entire world after San Francisco in the US. However much the ranking can be debated, it is evident that they are many as witnessed in the annual gay Mardi Grass fiesta.
Unique Beach Walk
Sydney has an array of extraordinary beach walks. Starting with the well-known Bondi beach, visitors and locals can take long walks along the beaches of Sydney in a single stretch. The paths adventures beside the cliff edge down to the warm yellow sands in Coo gee, Tamarama, and Bronte.
The Killer Bears Myth
One the most common fears intrigued to visitors and even locals are the deadly drop bears. It is believed that there are bears that have huge claws and vampire teeth that drop from trees and prey on people. Most of the people in Sydney believe this is true but it is just a myth. This is just a fictional story that was used by parents to scare kid not to walk on their own.
An Expensive City
If you have lived or traveled to Sydney, you can testify that food and drinks are very cheap. However, this is not the case since from statistics it shows that Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world after Singapore. Australia is among the most modernized countries on the planet and Sydney attracts most wealthy individuals. If you want to settle in Sydney, get prepared to spend huge.
You should also note that Sydney’s postal code ‘2000’ was formed because they hosted the 2000 Olympic Games which were historical.