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How to Walk Across The Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic image of Sydney that has been beamed across the world since it opened in 1932.  Every traveller goes home with at least one photo of it and if you are anything like me several   Along with admiring it from afar you can walk across it at street level, over the top on a BridgeClimb and climb up one of the Pylons on a visit to the Pylon Lookout.  Regardless of your budget, there is an option for everyone to explore the famous “Coathanger”.

So let’s explore them now

1. Scale the top with Bridge climb – expensive yes but worth every cent.

If you can afford a Bridge climb and are not afraid of heights, then I recommend the sunrise climb. You need to book in advance for the most popular times so think about this before you arrive if you are only here for a few days.  There is also a sampler climb for $148 which is a great option if you are not sure how you will go with the height or just on a tight budget.  It is totally on my bucket list to do a dawn climb one day!

How long does it take: 1 hr 30 mins for the sampler, 2hrs 15 for the express climb for the super fit and 3hrs 30 mins for the full experience.
How much does it cost: $200-$400 depending on the time of day you want to climb
Find out more: www.bridgeclimb.com 

2. Climb the Southern Harbour Bridge Pylon

The walk to the top of the Harbour Bridge’s  southern pylon lookout offers a sky-high view for under $15. Better still there are only 200 stairs to the top! Along the way are three levels of information about the building of the bridge.  It can be a bit tricky to find the best way to get here so you might want to check a map before you go. You cannot enter the pylon from the base under the bridge; entry is from the roadway. Look for the stairs located near Gloucester St and Cumberland St in The Rocks, if you pass the Bridgeclimb office, you have gone too far.

From the top, you get 360-degree views of the harbour and a pretty good view of the real bridge climbers so if you have a friend climbing the bridge, you can watch them from here.  The best thing is you can bring your camera and take as many photos as you like – something not allowed on the climb. The only negative is that they close at 5 pm so no sunset shots in the summer.  Read my full review of the Pylon Museum and lookout here

How long does it take: Expect to spend about an hour here.
How much does it cost: Free entry included with Bridgeclimb tickets for everyone else it is $6.50 for children and $15 for adults
Find out more: https://www.pylonlookout.com.au

3. Walk across the pedestrian footpath on the Bridge

You can walk across the bridge from either direction and it takes between 15-30 minutes depending on the pace you set.  There is a safety fence all the way however you can poke your camera through the gaps and take shots like the one above.

How long does it take: It takes about 30 minutes to walk across the bridge if you include the time it takes to get on the bridge from The
How much does it cost:  Free!

Why not combine this with the Lavender Bay and Secret Garden walk that starts at the northern side of the bridge.

So what would be your number one choice?  If you have already done a Sydney Bridgeclimb would you recommend it to others?

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