Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • TravelEatRepeat
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a View!
    This is a hidden gem and should be on everyone's list when visiting Sydney (as long as they can navigate stairs; there is no elevator). Located inside the pylon (those 2 giant brown towers that are on each end of the bridge) closest to Circular Quay, this small museum has some photos and descriptions of the history of the Harbour Bridge, as well as 8 short videos (each 60 seconds or less). The real star though is the view and it is well worth the entry fee of $24.95 AUD (less for children 12 and under, and students). The entrance to this museum is not well-marked; it is a 5 minute walk along the Harbour Bridge from The Rocks. At the first pylon, there is a door, a small sign and some stairs. Go in and start walking. By the time you make it to the actual entrance of the museum, you have already covered about 1/3 of the 200ish stairs to get to the top. This is where you pay your fee. There is also a small gift shop and toilets. Keep walking up the stairs, and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of Sydney. On the way down, stop to look at the displays and take 7 minutes to watch the videos. If you are intrigued by the idea of the Harbour Bridge Climb but you don't want to pay the $ or you are nervous about doing it, we highly recommend trying the Pylon Museum instead. It's not the same experience, but you will get some incredible views of the beautiful city of Sydney! (If you are planning to do the Bridge Climb, there is an option to add the Pylon Museum. We recommend visiting the Pylon Museum in addition to doing the Bridge Climb, as you can stay as long as you want, and you will have your own camera so you can take as many photos as you want. No cameras of any kind are allowed on the Harbour Bridge Climb.) Next time you visit Sydney (or if you're a local and you haven't been), be sure to add the Pylon Museum to your "must see" list!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Busker999
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom1,501 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum and lookout
    Good museum to the harbour bridge - explaining how and why it was built. Good look out over the bridge and rest of Sydney as well as a nice small gift shop. Good place to watch family on the bridge climb too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Ben K
    Fleet, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best views in Sydney
    Best thing I did in Sydney. They opened it up for Twilight throughout August (definitely keep this!!), and you get the best view of the sunset over the city on a clear(ish) day! Also, has a brilliant view of the Opera House and CBD. They offered refreshments including wine and beer, for a very reasonable price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Dale A
    South Wales, United Kingdom178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth it. A lot cheaper than a bridge walk.
    We discovered this is as we were walking over the bridge. It's in the south concrete pylon. Great Little museum, Great history of the bridge. Amazing views from the top, and it's 1/20 the price of the bridge walk. It's bigger inside than you think. 30-45 minutes in total. Cost was around $24 (around £13). If your not interested in the history it is worth paying for amazing 360 views of the city.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Mark D
    Portishead, United Kingdom1,548 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, less expensive way of experiencing the Bridge
    Came here to get he experience of the ridge without the high cost of the bridge climb/walk and it was well worth it. Getting there was not that easy in winding our way up to the bridge form the harbour. Reading the story and seeing the photos of its construction was very informative and then he views when you get to the lookout are great. Try to pick a time when it’s not too busy as getting to the right spot for photos is not easy. Also, if you want to shortcut read in everything, just watch the 15 minute video at the end. It cost $29 each which is really good value and took us an hour including the museum stuff. Recommend
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Soo1993
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views - well worth climbing the steps to the top of the pylon
    Quite a few steps to the top but well worth it for the views of the bridge itself and the Opera House which are amazing. You can see the people doing the Bridge Walk ( look like ants) but this is less strenuous ( and less scary) if you can't manage that. Small museum and film show on making of the bridge etc. Yes there is a charge to go up the pylon but remember they have to pay for upkeep, staffing, insurance etc.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2024
  • lolus
    Telford, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    We walked past this tour on our first day in Sydney but so glad we returned. Fantastic views. And good value. It was recommended to us when hubby couldn’t get a slot to do the bridge climb ( book early/advance-booking advised)
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • David S
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the stairs
    Well worth the stairs, the views were amazing in all directions. This is a great way to get the view from high up on the bridge without the expense and exertion of the bridge climb. The museum is small, but informative and the staff was friendly. it's a bit of climb, but the stairs are well designed and there are benches for resting at each landing if needed.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
  • Vacation01982540247
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sydney Pylon
    Hi, We went to the Pylon yesterday and it is a fantastic view of the city. A couple of people in our group visiting Sydney aren't very good with heights so the Bridge Climb was a non-starter for them so this was a great alternative. The disappointment of the site was the movie about the history. The sound quality was really bad to the point there were times that you couldn't understand what was being said. Luckily for us there was hardly anyone else in the viewing area, but if it was busy and if there were children I don't think that we would have heard much at all. Also in the room adjacent to the viewing area there was no timer of system saying when the movie would start so you were constantly having to stick your head in to see if it had reached the start. Again we did enjoy ourselves and the the views are spectacular but the movie was very disappointing and something that could surely be fixed quite easily with minimum outlay and would add a great deal to the experience.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 July 2024
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Travelbug575
Sydney, Australia50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We obtained a free entry (value $19.00) when my children completed their bridge climb, as it is controlled by the same company.
I used to climb this when I was a kid, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, but it used to be free, that has now gone out the window when the Bridge Climb crew took over the venue.
There are great 360 degree views of the harbour & city, free to take as many piccies as your finger can stand, unlike on the bridge climb where you have to pay extra (except for the group photo). The history of the building of the bridge is also available in display and a small theatrette.
The entire experience can be completed in about 45 minutes (depending on your fitness level), and there is no time limit on your stay, I think it could get a little crowded on the parapet at times with no real crowd control.
Please note the good scam is that the pay station is 2/3 rds of thay way up and it is card only, so by the time you get there the likely hood of turning around is minimal (got ya).
Is it worth visiting, that is debatable. If you want to save the moolah you can get pretty good pictures from the footpath over the bridge and get just as much exercise without the steps.
I think it is a tad overpriced but you can get some great views/pictures and don't have to spend the extra cash on the bridge climb, but it is not as brag worthy.
Written 8 March 2020
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TravelEatRepeat
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
This is a hidden gem and should be on everyone's list when visiting Sydney (as long as they can navigate stairs; there is no elevator). Located inside the pylon (those 2 giant brown towers that are on each end of the bridge) closest to Circular Quay, this small museum has some photos and descriptions of the history of the Harbour Bridge, as well as 8 short videos (each 60 seconds or less). The real star though is the view and it is well worth the entry fee of $24.95 AUD (less for children 12 and under, and students).

The entrance to this museum is not well-marked; it is a 5 minute walk along the Harbour Bridge from The Rocks. At the first pylon, there is a door, a small sign and some stairs. Go in and start walking. By the time you make it to the actual entrance of the museum, you have already covered about 1/3 of the 200ish stairs to get to the top. This is where you pay your fee. There is also a small gift shop and toilets. Keep walking up the stairs, and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of Sydney.

On the way down, stop to look at the displays and take 7 minutes to watch the videos.

If you are intrigued by the idea of the Harbour Bridge Climb but you don't want to pay the $ or you are nervous about doing it, we highly recommend trying the Pylon Museum instead. It's not the same experience, but you will get some incredible views of the beautiful city of Sydney! (If you are planning to do the Bridge Climb, there is an option to add the Pylon Museum. We recommend visiting the Pylon Museum in addition to doing the Bridge Climb, as you can stay as long as you want, and you will have your own camera so you can take as many photos as you want. No cameras of any kind are allowed on the Harbour Bridge Climb.)

Next time you visit Sydney (or if you're a local and you haven't been), be sure to add the Pylon Museum to your "must see" list!
Written 20 July 2023
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tattooedtraveller_uk
Norwich, UK625 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Everywhere I go I like to go up a tall building, I was aware that going up the actual bridge was an option, but after looking into it, I couldn't possibly justify paying the price for that. You are also not allowed to take photos from up there.

For a fairly small venue it was not too busy, I bought a ticket for a particular date but not a set time, to allow me flexibility.

The museum was interesting, the views from the top were well worth the 300 step climb !!

Highly recommended.
Written 29 December 2022
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caribbeanoldies
Shipston on Stour, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We had entry to this as part of our bridge climb ticket. It's effectively a mini Sydney Harbour Bridge museum where you can learn so much about the construction of the bridge, the engineering involved, risks, statistics etc. etc. It only gets to about half way up the bridge at it's highest so if you don't fancy or can't manage the bridge climb then do try and do this, because it's really worth the effort. You get a great view from the lookout and can see the bridge climbers start below you, then gradually work up to and past you on their way to the top. Highly recommended and very unlikely to give anyone any vertigo as you're not looking straight down at any time. We loved it.
Written 28 February 2020
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Rachel P
London, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My friend and I went up with our complimentary ticket with the Harbour Bridge Climb that we did that morning. Really glad we decided to make use of our ticket as it was a great opportunity to take photos of the stunning views (especially as you can't take any of your own photos up on the bridge itself). Would recommend doing, especially if you don't get the chance to or are unable to do the Bridge Climb.
Written 1 May 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,044 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Instead of doing the bridge climb we decided to walk up the stairs in the Pylon Lookout which is located inside the bridge’s southeastern pylon. This is a great option if you don’t have a lot of time and it is considerably cheaper. To get to the Lookout you have to walk across the bridge using the pedestrian walking area. There will be signs to guide you once you reach the lookout. As you walk up the steps in the pylon there will be floors where you can stop to view a film, look at photos and other items that are on display that depict the construction of the bridge. Once you reach the top the views are amazing and you can get some wonderful photos especially of the Opera House. There is a small gift shop at the top and they also sell water and soda.
Written 18 April 2020
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Gordon R
Bathgate, UK901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This excellent museum is a good alternative to the bridge climb and even better if you get a complimentary ticket from someone who has done the climb.
Apart from the good views this small museum has a lot of information about the building and history of the Sydney harbour bridge.
Very highly recommended.
Written 18 March 2020
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Gatanoz
Perth, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
For those who want a great view of the harbor bridge and the city, this is a great and cheaper alternative to the bridge walk. It ends up almost half the height of the bridge itself and well for $19 vs $300+, it was well worth the price. Yes there are lots of stairs and when you think you are done there are more, but there are plenty places to rest and catch your breath and the stairs aren't steep. (I have bad knees and made it) . They have a video about the construction of the bridge which is interesting (Its in about 10 parts of little videos, but the whole series took maybe 10-15 minutes?
Written 1 March 2023
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BasherWarwickshire
Solihull, UK306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great views and history of the bridge. Worth the walk to the first Pylon - $19 entry but some excellent views and exhibit of how the bridge was built. Also good short film that showed some of the photos from the building of the bridge. Far better value than the bridge climb!
Written 20 February 2020
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tacMark
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Family
The museum is really good except the video presentation is impossible to hear because the source video is damaged. Some of the exhibits have failed lighting so you have break out your phone torch to read information. Considering access to the top of the pylon costs $30 there should be better up keep of the museum spaces.
Written 8 July 2024
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