Doing the Twilight BridgeClimb was great fun for my daughter-in-law Elli. That's her on the right - all smiles on completing the exciting trek on her birthday.
Hooray! Another bunch of tourists celebrate their achievement - reaching the pinnacle of the Sydney Harbour Bridge arch.
so you’ve opted for the hair-raising climb to the 134m top of the Sydney
Harbour Bridge arch.
Well done, you won’t be disappointed! And the spectacular views are second to none.
be joining three million people who have now made the trek.
It's an exhilarating climb
So many tourists rate it as their "most memorable" Sydney experience.
The climb can take
three and a half hours and it’s not cheap! But getting everyone to the top and
back safely is BridgeClimb Sydney's top priority.
(Hey, if you're really pressed for time go for the Express Climb - it's completed in just over two hours).
The first 30
minutes of the climbs are devoted to Health and Safety stuff. There’s a
health questionnaire and a breathalyser.
Don’t hit the booze the night before
If you do you may fail the breath test! They’re strict – over the legal Aussie driving limit
of .05 and you don’t get to climb.
(If you do
fail it you'll have to settle for climbing the Pylon Lookout where you'll be
able to wave to your friends and take photos of them doing the big arch).
Photo shows young lady negotiating a bridge catwalk.
Back to the
Bridge Climbers … and the getting ready.
You’ll be kitted out with a special boiler suit
Also a utility belt, handkerchief, hat and radio mike.
and video gear, and your mobile phone will be firmly locked away in a secure
locker. No, you can’t climb with them! Hardly seems fair ... but
Health and Safety issues are paramount
They are vital both for you (doing the
climbing) and for the people in all that traffic on the Bridge deck below.
those pedestrians, motorcyclists, bridge workers - even people inside cars and
train carriages. They really don’t need a lump of your camera gear plunging its
way toward them from a great height.
The good news
is that the guides will take photos for you. You can buy these at the end of
the climb. And they give one group photo of your climb - for free.
What else does BridgeClimb not allow?
- You can't be under 10 years - or under 1.2m in height.
- Ladies, you can't be more than 24 weeks pregnant.
Climbing ladders and stairs - BridgeClimb doesn't get any tougher than this!
A tip for Chinese tourists
You may prefer to take the special Mandarin Climb - where your guide leaders are Mandarin-speaking. See our Mandarin Climb page.
You need to be generally fit and able
to climb independently, although the BridgeClimb Sydney team does its
best to help everyone.
you've got some health issues that might affect your ability to climb
(for example, heart or respiratory condition) then you need to speak to
In case of pregnancy you might need a fitness certificate from your GP. Full information here on health and safety requirements.
All climbers are put through a simulated walk before venturing out onto the bridge. It
includes practice on stairs so you know how to use your safety equipment.
Now to the
real thing . . .
part of the climb is getting up four sections of ladders. Once you’ve managed
that it’s all pretty easy.
That’s why even old-timers reach the top. (If you’re
90 to 100 years and fit enough, count yourself in – a centenarian has done it before!)
"It's not steep at all once you're
out on the bridge - once you've got over those ladders," was one Dad's
comment. He'd ventured up on the Twilight Climb with keen sons aged 10
and 11 years.
"It's a really pleasant walk - not strenuous at all! But this is an experience we'll never forget - AMAZING!
“The staff have such a well-oiled operation. They’re very good - so helpful."
Twilight Climb comes highly recommended
It gives you the chance to see the great views from the bridge in daylight, sunset and under night lights.
Every time in future when you see the Sydney Harbour Bridge on film or television you'll be able to say "We climbed that!" and remember how magical and special (and yes, how expensive) BridgeClimb was.
But, hey, the experience is yours - you own it!
On the way back down! - descending the Bridge's western arch.