Eaten Alive By Sydney
February 9, 2010 – 2:49 am | 5 Comments

When the prospect of a shift to Sydney is raised, the doomsayers often rise as well. And they’re nasty! The manner of one’s demise is always different, but the result is always the same – …

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Fascinating Sydney – 3

Submitted by on February 9, 2010 – 5:00 am128 Comments
Sydney Newbie continues to assail the senses with weird and wonderful facts about the Emerald City, finally rounding off his research with info that will be truly useful to expats and those contemplating a move to Sydney!

  • Sydney has been at the heart of some of mankind’s most important inventions, including the electronic pacemaker in 1926. Pre-paid postage pushed the envelope for the first time in 1838, the technology powering xerox photocopying was developed at the University of Sydney in 1907 and Google Maps unfolded during the ‘noughties’ before the Sydney team ripped into unleashing Google Wave in 2009
  • Established in 1879, the Royal National Park south of the Sutherland shire is the second oldest park in the world, beaten only by Yellowstone in the USA, and (like the magnificent Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park in the north) is just 30km from the CBD
  • Sydney has four National Parks within its metropolitan area – Garigal, Lane Cove, Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay – as well as CBD greenery in the form of the 30 hectare Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, The Domain and the Chinese Garden of Friendship
  • Sydney is the heart of rugby league, providing nine of the 16 NRL teams – Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters, St George-Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly Sea Eagles, Cronulla Sharks, West Tigers, Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers (we won’t mention the Blues/Cockroaches in the annual State of Origin series)
  • Two West Tigers cheerleaders were in the 2009 Miss Universe Australia final
  • Sydneysiders also support the Sydney Swans, the sole Harbour City Aussie Rules side in the 16-strong AFL, the NSW Waratahs in rugby union’s Super 14, Sydney FC in football’s A-League, the Sydney Swifts in netball’s trans-Tasman ANZ Championship and the NSW Blues in cricket’s domestic competitions
  • The key stadium for the 2000 Olympics, ANZ Stadium in Homebush, is the largest capacity sports venue in Sydney with room for 83,500 spectators (down from 110,000 during the Olympic Games)
  • The iconic City2Surf – to be run for the 40th time in 2010 – is the largest timed road race in the world, with more than 60,000 entrants pounding the pavement from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach
  • The theme for the 2010 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is “History of the World” and the two week event will feature three major events on successive weekends from 21 February – Fair Day in Victoria Park, the massive Parade in Darlinghurst and the Party in multiple venues at Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter
  • Sydney is the country’s media hub, hosting the HQs for Australia’s three commercial television networks – 7, 9 and 10 – as well as the free-to-air ABC, SBS and subscriber based Foxtel
  • Sydney directors Michael Gracey and Peter Commins were behind the Evian roller-skating babies viral internet sensation
  • The Sydney Morning Herald is Australia’s oldest newspaper, providing fish & chip wrapping since 1831, just a few years earlier than breakfast supremo Alan Jones started his radio career
  • Sydney provided the greatest contribution to the record OZ Lotto ticket sales – $66.5 million of $209m (almost a third) on 30 June 2009 – but dipped out on the fairytale first prize as players on the Gold Coast and in Adelaide shared the unprecedented $106.5m

And now the truly useful stuff!

  • Emergency phone number: 000, referred to as Triple Zero, for police, ambulance and fire
  • Phone directory assistance: 1223 (all Australian numbers) & 1225 (International)
  • Phone international dial out: 0011 (then your country code & so on)
  • Public phones: 40-cent local calls (Sydney metropolitan area)
  • Currency: Australian dollar ($), worth 100 cents, with coins in denominations of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents. Notes are $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Anything else is counterfeit!
  • Electricity voltage: 230/250 volts
  • Units of measure: metric

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