The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous, and likely most well-photographed landmarks. It might not be the longest steel bridge in the world, but it is the largest. Measuring some 134 metres above the harbour. The ‘Coathanger’ as it is affectionally called, is Sydney’s most popular attraction surpassing even the iconic Sydney Opera House. It is visible from most places in inner city Sydney, making it a sight that you simply cannot miss.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an amazing architectural feat, and despite being a traffic bridge, it is best explored on foot. There are staircases on either side of the bridge to allow access, and views from the pedestrian pathways are spectacular. There are also activities that can be done on the bridge such as:
The Pylon Lookout:
- Open since 1934 the South East pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is home to a museum, and a world class view.
- Travel up 200 steps, through three floors of exhibits regarding the history and construction of the bridge
- Widely considered to be one of the must do activities in Sydney (for visitors and locals alike).
- Summit the Sydney Harbour Bridge and see the panoramic views from the very top while the harbour extends beneath you.
- Climbs run between 2 and 3.5 hours long, with the longest covering some 1,300 steps, and can be taken at dawn, during the day, in twilight hours, or at night.
Every ticket to the top includes a group photograph*, a certificate of achievement, and free entry to the Pylon Lookout.
|Dawn*** (includes two print photos)||$348||$348||$228||$228|
|Dawn*** (includes two print photos)||$358||$228|
|General Admission (13 years and over)||$13|
|Concessions (Seniors and Students)||$8.50|
|Children (5-12 years inclusive)||$6.50|
|Children under 4 years||FREE|
- Bridge Walk: The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is an ultimate experience, but walking across the bridge is still a great way to experience the amazing views, even if they are at a lower level.
- Pylon Lookout: Alternatively, the Pylon Lookout has really wonderful views, and is only $13 entry fee.
- Night View: Make sure you try and get out onto the bridge at night to see the beautiful Sydney city lights, and the many boats in the harbour.
- New Year’s Eve: Every year, the Harbour Bridge becomes the centre piece of an amazing fireworks display. If you want to see the bridge light up on New Year’s Eve, be warned, there’ll be millions of people fighting for a spot to see the spectacular show.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge can be reached from anywhere in Sydney. The closest station on The Rocks side, which is also a popular tourist area, and the ferry terminal on the city side, is Circular Quay. From Circular Quay you can easily see the bridge, and can either walk underneath it, or follow the signs to the staircase which will take you to the pedestrian walkway area of the bridge.
- 272,000 litres of paint were used to give the bridge its initial 3 coats of paint.
- 16 workers died in constructing the bridge.
- 800 families were moved to make room for the bridge, and their houses were demolished without compensation.
- The four pylons on the Sydney Harbour Bridge are totally decorative, and have no load-bearing capacity.
- Actor Paul Hogan worked on the bridge as a rigger before his big break.