Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Spanning the city center to the North Shore, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a wide steel arch bridge known for its beauty as well as function, providing a crossing for cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians. While the more daring can do the BridgeClimb to the top of the structure, opened to traffic in 1932, anyone can enjoy a walk for free.
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  • TomToms Wild West Rocks
    Brisbane, Australia2 contributions
    Walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge
    It's a superb walk across the bridge. Loved it. Awesome views and the bridge is bigger than you think. Probably take around 20 minutes to walk across and take some photos
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 December 2022
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,271 contributions
    The Coathanger
    I was keen to undertake the bridge climb solo but decided that it was too daunting after being briefed on what I might expect. However, both of us enjoyed the views of the bridge from a variety of vantages, Circular Quay, The Rocks, North Shore, under view from the ferries and our cruise ship. Impressive and iconic, steelwork fabricated in Middlesborough to a design similar to the Tyne Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 8 December 2022
  • Scott G
    Washington DC, District of Columbia402 contributions
    What a landmark...
    Our hotel was near one of the bridge's bases, not far from Circular Quay. Despite that, it wasn't noisy at all. We didn't hike up to the top of the bridge, though that is possible. The bridge's history is impressive if you have a chance to learn a little about it -- it was an icon before the Opera House.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 11 December 2022
  • PGS1
    44 contributions
    Bridge Walk - A must do.
    Very well organised. Guides giving information on the history of the bridge and Sydney as your travel up the bridge. Not as hard a climb as one thought at the beginning. Weather was good for my walk but they do go up in all weathers.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 21 December 2022
  • Tammyjo49
    Todmorden, United Kingdom84 contributions
    Amazing
    Having climbed the bridge many years ago, we wanted to re do it. So this time we did the ultimate climb. Brilliant ! Good safety instructions, plenty of info, and what a view ! Although you cannot take your own photos the tour guide does it for you, they are good images, and you are not forced i t9 purchasing them. Well worth a visit (or 2) really p,ease we went back
    Visited December 2022
    Written 7 January 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    Sydney Harbour Bridge
    This is the other land mark in Sydney along with the Opera House but was built about 40 years before. Even Francis Greenway a convict architect back in 1814 wrote of the idea of a bridge spanning the harbour. It was meant to open by Jack Lang the Premier but a military man Charles De Groot cut the ribbon first and usurped him. It is an arch bridge known as the coat hanger
    Visited November 2022
    Written 20 January 2023
  • ITRT
    38,566 contributions
    World’s Largest Steel Arch Bridge
    The Harbor Bridge took 8 years to construct employing 1,400 workers, 53,000 tons of steel and 6 million hand-drive rivets. The bridge is over 439 feet high. It officially opened in 1932. A bit of trivia: Paul Hogan, better known as Crocodile Dundee, worked on the bridge as a rigger and was responsible (with others) for building platforms for painters. It takes approximately 15-20 minutes to walk across the bridge. However, if you are a thrill seeker, you can walk up (and down) the 1,332 stairs along the upper arch. The cost to do this ranges from $328 to $394, depending on whether you do the day or twilight climb.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 24 January 2023
  • Toni3452
    Barcelona, Spain719 contributions
    Imponent
    Being the first TV image we receive on December 31st, as the one of the first world places to celebrate the New Year, it's fantastic to watch it, live. It's a huge structure and it really impacts you. Highly recommendable
    Visited February 2023
    Written 22 February 2023
  • Liz g
    Chicago, Illinois9 contributions
    Beautiful Views!
    What an awesome experience. I'm afraid of heights and was anxious to do this. Felt totally safe with the cables that attached you and all of the handrails and steps. We did the Summit Climb with Jayden (sp?) he was excellent. Beautiful views of the harbor, opera house and beyond. So glad i did it!
    Visited February 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • ali S
    7 contributions
    nice
    "I was hesitant to purchase this product at first, but I'm so glad I did! It's made a huge difference in my life and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. It's well worth the price and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a top-quality product."
    Visited January 2023
    Written 25 March 2023
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_a_duenki
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland9 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed an unforgettable walk over the Sydney harbour bridge. Amazed by the beauty of the architecture of the bridge. I also loved the excellent view over Sydney itself and especially the very best view over the Sydney Opera House. There is also a possibility to climb over the bow of the Harbour Bridge, of course with safety equipment. Climbing over the bridge will cost something. Just walking over the bridge is free.
Written 21 November 2023
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Lisa
Toronto, Canada256 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
We decided to walk from circular keg to Kirribilli. Luckily I was with someone who knew the route otherwise you would need to rely on the signs which were small or even a bit hidden. The walk is windy but the views are amazing. Would
Definitely recommend if you are mobile. There are 3 sets of steps up and steps going down, but I believe there is a lift if you can’t manage them.
Written 7 November 2023
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Ogre and me on a holiday
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
It was beautiful I could see it off the fairy coming back from manly. There was a sunset over it me and my family tock a lot of pictures
Written 4 November 2023
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Atkins
3 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Family
Its modern and diverse atmosphere, combined with its rich historical roots, make it a must-visit destination. Take a stroll along the picturesque waterfront and marvel at the stunning views of the city skyline. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture through the various dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Admire the historical landmarks, such as the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and learn about its fascinating past.
Written 1 November 2023
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Qudsia s
1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Yes, i went to sydney with my Girlfriend The sydney harbour bridge was so interesting The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge in Sydney, spanning Sydney Harbour from the central business district (CBD) to the North Shore. The view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is widely regarded as an iconic image of Sydney, and of Australia itself. Nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design, the bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.[1][2]

Under the direction of John Bradfield of the New South Wales Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long of Middlesbrough, and opened in 1932.[3][4] The bridge's general design, which Bradfield tasked the NSW Department of Public Works with producing, was a rough copy of the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City. This general design document, however, did not form any part of the request for tender, which remained sufficiently broad as to allow cantilever (Bradfield's original preference) and even suspension bridge proposals. The design chosen from the tender responses was original work created by Dorman Long, who leveraged some of the design from its own Tyne Bridge which, though superficially similar, does not share the graceful flares at the ends of each arch which make the harbour bridge so distinctive.[5] It is the eighth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.[6] It was also the world's widest long-span bridge, at 48.8 m (160 ft) wide, until construction of the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was completed in 2012.
Written 29 October 2023
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Mallo_Pahanen
Helsinki, Finland612 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
There are good areas around the bridge to hang out, eat, drink and watch the world go by. It's worth coming here both during the day and in the evening to have a good time and meet people.
Written 29 October 2023
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MikeFo
Brighton, UK1,049 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Such an iconic bridge that is so well known there is really nothing new I can say. It really is wonderful to see from either land or water.
Written 21 October 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,584 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
This has to be one of the best know bridges in the world and it was great to cast my own eye over it. It really was and still is a great feat of engineering and stands the test of time
Written 17 October 2023
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,760 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is immediately recognized by nearly everyone. It's graceful lines and impressive engineering are easy to appreciate. Visitors with the time and limited fear of heights may wish to do the "bridge climb" which is very interesting and informative.
Written 5 October 2023
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Kirstie G
Nantwich, UK39 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
We visit the blue mountains as we have family there. Sydney is an hour away by car ( with little traffic) and I have to say it is the most stunning city I have ever seen, you don’t tire of it.
Take in the sites of the opera house, by land or by sea it is breathtaking, the harbour bridge and the ‘rocks’ bars and restaurants and of course the beautiful botanical gardens; when you need a break from the crowds ( it does get busy around circular quay) hop on a ferry and visit one of the many beaches or go to Darling harbour just around the corner.. there is so much to see and do in Sydney, you can’t tire of it. We love it. This year we had glorious sunshine and 24 degrees, last year at the same time it rained for a month non stop! Spring can be unpredictable.. but even when it’s raining, Sydney is amazing!
Written 4 October 2023
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