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The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

Every year on New Year’s Eve, the world is treated to spectacular images of the stunning fireworks display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The 'Coathanger' is inextricably associated with the Sydney skyline. Those without a fear of heights may climb to the top of this iconic bridge.

In 1922, a worldwide tender was put out inviting designs for a bridge to connect the city to the northern districts of Sydney. After 6 years of construction, the Sydney Harbour Bridge was inaugurated in 1932. The largest steel arch bridge in the world reaches a height of 134 metres – measured from the surface of the water. The bridge weighs a total of 52,800 tonnes. The enormous weight is supported by steel pillars, hidden under the 4 stone towers on both banks.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Climbing 1332 steps

There are many different ways and angles to admire the bridge, but the most popular one is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. Climb the 1332 steps to the top of the bridge where a 360 degree view of Sydney awaits. On the regular tour, climbers take approximately 3.5 hours to get to the top, accompanied by a guide. The Discovery Climb is a more comprehensive tour; this goes through the centre of the bridge and also ends with a superb view on top of the arches. There are a lot of fascinating facts and information about the bridge structure on this tour. Tip: this experience is even more special at sunrise or sunset.
The silhouette of the bridge

The Pylon Lookout

Fortunately there is also a less intensive and time-consuming alternative to get the same view: the Pylon Lookout. This viewing platform in the south-east tower of the bridge can be climbed in just 200 steps. Once at the top, you are rewarded with a sublime view of the city, the port and the side of the bridge. On the way to the top, there are various exhibits on the history and the building of the structure.

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Pylon Lookout, Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney