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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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See the Sydney Harbour Bridge up close

Spanning Sydney Harbour at a maximum height of 134 metres, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a spectacular feat of engineering and an enduring icon famous the world over. And despite efforts to capture Sydney's signature attraction on film, there’s nothing quite like seeing it for yourself.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney harbour on Australia Day

Instantly recognisable, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's tallest steel arch bridge, connecting northern suburbs of Sydney with the city centre. It is also a vital link in Sydney's transport infrastructure, with more than 200,000 cars travelling its length each day.

There are many ways to experience this iconic landmark. One of the most popular is with BridgeClimb Sydney, which has been running since 1998. Learn about the fascinating history of the bridge and its place in the city as you make the exhilerating climb to the top. The open vista provides and unforgettable experience, and the scope of the view is spectacular.

scenic flight or helicopter tour also guarantees amazing aerial views of the harbour. 

Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, Mosman or Taronga Zoo to see the bridge from the harbour. Catching a ferry from Luna Park or McMahons Point will take you directly beneath. You can also hire a kayak or join a guided kayak tour. This is also a great way to see some of Sydney's best beaches and explore the small islands of the harbour. 

Sea Sydney Cruises and Sydney by Sail will take you on a chartered cruise, heading off from near the auspices of Sydney Harbour Bridge and onto the stunning harbour scenery beyond. For the full historical experience, Sydney Harbour Tall Ships will take you back in time on an 1850s-style ship. 

Watch the sun set over the harbour while enjoying a cocktail at Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House. The bridge also provides a world-class backdrop when dining or exploring in The Rocks or Walsh Bay

One of the best ways to experience the harbour is to walk across the bridge itself. >Walk the eastern side of the bridge for great Opera House views (the western side is for cyclists). The walk only takes about 15 minutes across. 

Another great walk is the Sydney Harbour Bridge to South Head Walk, which weaves through 30km of harbour foreshore to Sydney Harbour’s dramatic entrance at South Head. This walk takes around eight hours, with public transport available to return or break up the trip between beaches. 

See the Sydney Harbour Bridge from the water

Sailing on a ferry on Sydney Harbour. Image Robert Billington

Enjoy a great view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from aboard a ferry. Sydney Ferries travel from the city to Manly and Watsons Bay or quiet coves around Mosman and Double Bay. Travel beneath the Harbour Bridge to Milson's Point, Darling Harbour, Balmain and Cockatoo Island. Make the most of Family Funday Sunday tickets, with unlimited travel by ferry, bus and train for just $2.50 per person.

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    See the Bridge from a kayak

    Having a paddle around Sydney Harbour is easy, fun and a great way to have an enjoying day on the water and see the Sydney Harbour Bridge in all its glory! Hire a kayak and paddle around at your own pace, or join a kayak tour and explore Sydney Harbour and its hidden bays.

  • Sailing on Sydney Harbour

    Sleep on the Harbour

    Drift to sleep with the sound of waves lapping at the side of your yacht, and enjoy the ultimate views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House when you awake. EastSail and Captain Cook Cruises offer perfect accommodation for an overnight stay.

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    Catch a ferry

    Island hopping is fun on a Sydney Harbour ferry. Sydney Ferries operate daily services from Circular Quay and other inner harbour wharves. Ferries are an affordable and easy way to get around while enjoying sublime views of the city, parkland and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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