Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

No trip to Sydney is complete without a close encounter with the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Known as The Coathanger due to its arched design, Sydney Harbour Bridge dominates the Sydney skyline from all directions.

There are spectacular views of the bridge from both ends, with especially good photo opportunities from the nearby Sydney Opera House.

Any ferry heading to or from Circular Quay affords excellent views of the bridge, with many ferries actually going under it en route to their destinations.

Walk Across Sydney Harbour Bridge

A stroll across Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the best things to do on a visit to Sydney.

There are superb vantage points for seeing and photographing the harbour, the Opera House, Circular Quay, Luna Park, and the bridge itself.

You can start from either end, walking safely on the pedestrian-only footway along the side of the bridge facing east. Even though it’s just a kilometre to the other side, allow plenty of time for oohing, aahing and saying ‘Wow’ a lot.

From Milson’s Point on the northern side, look for the stairs in Burton street. Or, from Sydney CBD, head to The Rocks and look for directions to the stairs near Cumberland Street and Gloucester Street.

Another option is to go along the Cahill Walk running alongside Cahill Expressway. You can get to this path from Circular Quay via stairs or lift, or from Royal Botanic Gardens.

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

One of Sydney’s top attractions, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Climbers report feeling euphoric during the climb, followed by a sense of achievement afterwards, that lasts for ages afterwards.

Sydney Harbour Bridge climbs are conducted by BridgeClimb. You can climb during the day or at night.

It’s illegal to have a shot at doing it by yourself. Dangerous too!

Fascinating Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel arch bridge.
  • Prior to its official opening in 1932, 96 locomotives were placed on the bridge to test it load capacity.
  • During construction it was dubbed The Iron Lung as it provided precious jobs for workers during the Depression.
  • Several songs have been written about it.
  • In the 1930s, an enterprising local man took over one of the pylons, installing a café, Aboriginal museum, a ‘pashometer’, and a nook for writing letters.