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Sydney Harbour Bridge: The art of steel

Every New Year’s Eve spectacular images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and its amazing firework display fill TV screens around the world. The ‘Coat Hanger’ is inseparably associated with the skyline of Sydney. And those who dare can even climb the iconic structure.

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A bridge was initially required to connect the city centre with the northern districts of Sydney. After six years of construction the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932. It was and remains the largest steel arch bridge in the world. The top of the arch is 134 metres above the water and the entire bridge weighs 52,800 tons. This enormous weight is born by steel pillars located under the four stone towers on both shores.

1332 steps up

The bridge can be viewed in a manner of ways and from various angles, but the most popular is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Walk up no less than 1332 steps to reach the top of the bridge and enjoy a 360-degree panorama over Sydney. With the standard trip you will be accompanied by a guide and it takes around 3.5 hours to get to the top. The extended discovery version leads through the heart of the bridge and offers a wealth of information about the structure. Of course, this tour also ends at the top of the bridge’s arches. The adventure can be made even more special by embarking on it at sunrise or sunset.

The Pylon Lookout

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Fortunately, there is a less intensive and time-consuming alternative: The Pylon Lookout. This south-eastern tower of the bridge can also be ascended and the climb to the observation platform is just 200 steps. Once at the top, the views of the city, the harbour and the side of the bridge are sublime. On the way to the top various exhibitions document the construction and history of the structure.

People with a fear of heights can visit the bridge in another manner, namely by boat or kayak. There are a number of tours running out of the harbour that enable the Sydney Harbour Bridge to be admired from the water.

Address Bridge Climb: 5 Cumberland Street

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Address Pylon Lookout: Cumberland Street, The Rocks

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