Amazon has opened its Sydney warehouse -- and it's twice the size of Melbourne's

An Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Hemel Hempstead, England.

Amazon Australia has opened its Sydney warehouse.

The new fulfillment centre is 43,000 square metres, or the size of around six football fields. It’s twice the size of the first such facility Amazon opened in Australia last year in Melbourne.

The site is at Moorebank, near Liverpool in southwest Sydney, and will be a critical node for Amazon as it rolls out its fast delivery options for Australian consumers.

Amazon has aggressively priced its Prime subscription service in Australia at $59 a year, much cheaper than most comparable companies. Prime offers free two-day delivery to most parts of Australia and free returns, among other services.

The Prime launch in June caught a lot of analysts by surprise, with many expecting it to be more expensive and later in the year.

“This is an exciting milestone for Amazon in Australia. The Sydney facility in Moorebank will help Amazon ensure that customers enjoy fast and reliable delivery across more areas of the country,” said Robert Bruce, Amazon Director of Operations. “The new Sydney centre builds on the capabilities of our first fulfilment centre in Dandenong South in Victoria, and expands our ability to service the growing customer demand.”

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