Sydney Harbour Bridge
Harbour Bridge is right up there as a “Must
Do” for anyone visiting Sydney.
breathtaking symbol of Australia spans a wonderful chunk of Sydney Harbour with
what is the world’s largest steel arch bridge. It’s a truly massive structure.
stay you’ll see what locals call “the Coat-Hanger” from many parts of the city,
and you’ll probably pass over it by train or car and under it by ferryboat or
beats getting close up and personal with the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Will you go the 'full monty'?
When you DO the Bridge the choice is whether to walk
across it, to climb the steps of the South East Pylon to the Pylon Lookout, or to go the “full monty” with BridgeClimb Sydney where you'll be strapped on for the hair-raising journey to the very top of the Bridge arch.
choices give you beautiful views of city and harbour - with different levels of
excitement. But do you want to keep the wallet intact, open it a little, or a
Walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge
You can walk across from the City Centre to the North Shore at any time - and
You’ll have views of
the world famous Sydney Opera House and you will marvel at the harbour’s beauty.
Try the walk in the early evening for sensational vistas as the sun goes down
and the city lights up.
You can walk
the Bridge in 30 minutes or so – a little more if you’ve the camera out. The
views are incredible and you get such an appreciation of the harbour activity
and beauty. (Amazingly, many Sydney-siders have yet to do it).
If you’re staying
in one of the many hotels in the Sydney CBD you’ll want to start the
Bridge walk from that side of the harbour.
So head down to The Rocks and look
for the Bridge Stairs located near Gloucester Street and Cumberland Street.
(Maybe drop in first to
the Sydney Visitor Centre at The Rocks for a helpful map showing how to access the
Sydney Harbour Bridge walkway).
When you reach the stairs
they will take you up to the main deck of the Bridge where you can simply walk
across to the northern side.
Wear some comfy casual shoes, remember a hat - and of course your
camera! Good photo ops abound.
pedestrian path is on the eastern side of the bridge so the beautiful
harbour opens up to you, with views right out to the Sydney Heads from
Save your $$$ for the restaurant
Walk is interesting for all the family and leaves your wallet intact.
Return to the CBD by train - it only takes a couple of minutes. Then
maybe you’ll be ready to
splash out on a restaurant meal - or a show. You'll have saved plenty ...
The Pylon Lookout has been a favourite place for tourists to view Sydney from for decades. Although revamped a few times it remains special.
(Pictured above is
the big granite block tower of the South East Pylon taken from the
Bridge's pedestrian walkway. The Lookout is at the very top).
Do the Pylon climb if:
- You're scared of heights - and the thought of the Bridge Climb to the top of the arch turns your stomach. But you can manage normal steps without hassle. (There are 200 to climb here!)
- You've a child under 10 and they won't let the kid climb to the top of the arch for safety reasons.
- The wonderful Bridge Climb is just too expensive for your Sydney trip budget.
- You want to take your own photos or video. (BridgeClimb Sydney won't let you - for safety reasons. For an additional charge they do the photography for you).
- You want to know more about the history of this grand Harbour Bridge. (There are three levels of interesting historical exhibits to view as you climb inside the South East Pylon to the Lookout on top).
- You've had some alcohol and you can't pass the Bridge Climb breath test.
NOTE: Go on the Bridge Climb and you get a pass to the Pylon too.
For more info see our Pylon Lookout page.
These guys are on an adrenalin high climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. Like everyone who goes on the Bridge Climb they're suited up and safely strapped on to the arch - and having the time of their lives!
Go on, do the Bridge Climb . . .
Not for the faint-hearted is the daring climb to the very top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
So popular is it that almost three million people - Australians and tourists from all parts of the world - have now experienced the thrill of the climb.
All are suited up with special safety gear and put through a practice routine to get used to the equipment before being allowed to start.
Then out on the Bridge every tourist is strapped on to the outer rim of the arch as they climb to its highest point.
For more info see our Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb page.
Do you speak Chinese?
If you'd like your guides for the climb to be Chinese speakers, check out the Mandarin Bridge Climb page.
Just magic! - Another group of Bridge Climbing tourists rejoice in reaching the 134m zenith of the Bridge.