Sydney Harbour Bridge
Prior to the building of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or “Coathanger,” was the city’s most well-known landmark. It was completed in 1932 and is still the world’s biggest steel arch bridge, linking the harbor’s north and south coasts in a single curve soaring 134 metres above the sea. It is supported by enormous double piers at either end. Two railway lines and eight lanes for road traffic run throughout its length, the direction of which may be changed depending on traffic volume. The building of a harbour tunnel in 1992 was prompted by increased bridge traffic, although vehicles may still drive over the bridge for blue-water vistas. Pedestrians may wander across the bridge on walkways or join a guided ascent through BridgeClimb for a spectacular view of the city and port. Visit the museum on the southeastern pier to learn about the interesting history of the bridge’s construction.
The Sydney BridgeClimb is for daring souls who desire to ascend to the 135-meter-high peak. This is a fantastic chance for parties of up to 13 individuals to climb to the top of the outer arch in around 3.5 hours. Tours run all day, starting with a sunrise climb and finishing with a twilight climb. There are also 1.5-hour Sampler Climbs and 2.25-hour Express Climbs available.