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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Introduction

Harbour Bridge at night

Harbour Bridge at night

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Alongside the Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most famous structures and one of the world's most famous bridges. It is the world's widest long-span bridge, the highest steel arch bridge and the 4th-longest spanning-arch bridge. It is heavily used by local residents, as trains, cars, pedestrians and cyclists all use it.

A tour operator, BridgeClimb, allows travellers two ways to climb the bridge. The original climb takes you along the outside arch of the bridge to the summit, while a newer climb known as "The Discovery Climb" will take you through the inner part of the art to eventually also reach the summit. Climbers are secured to the bridge by a lifeline and given an orientation and protective clothing before the climb starts. The experience takes three and a half hours.

The less adventurous and cheaper alternative to the BridgeClimb excursion is to climb the south pylon to the Pylon Lookout. On the way up you'll pass a series of exhibitions covering the history and construction of the bridge. This is an excellent option for those with children wanting to climb the bridge.

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Opening Hours

The bridge is always open to traffic. The BridgeClimb operates from dusk till dawn.

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Cost

It is free to have a look at the bridge.

If you are interested in the BridgeClimb though, the prices range from $198 up to $298 for an exclusive dawn climb. Full pricing details can be found on the BridgeClimb site.

For those on a budget, the Pylon Lookout costs around $10. Check their website for more information.

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Quick Facts

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Opening date
March 19, 1932
Length
1149 metres
Span
503 metres
Type
Steel arch bridge

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