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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Standing proudly above Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the architectural jewels in the crown of Australia's most beautiful city. Many photographers have tried to capture its grandeur, but nothing is quite the same as seeing the bridge for the first time with your own eyes.   

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Instantly recognisable, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's tallest steel arch bridge. It connects the northern suburbs of Sydney with the city centre, making it a vital link in Sydney's transport infrastructure; more than 161,000 cars travel across the bridge in a single day.

There are many ways to experience this historic landmark but one of the most popular is with BridgeClimb Sydney. This gives you the opportunity to climb all the way to the summit! So, if you're in good health and you don't mind heights, a BridgeClimb is an experience not to be missed. 

Another way to see the bridge is from the water. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, Mosman or Taronga Zoo to see the bridge from the harbour. Ferries from Luna Park or McMahons Point pass directly beneath the bridge. Hire a kayak or join a guided kayak tour. This is a great way to see some of Sydney's top beaches and the small islands in the harbour.

Not adventurous enough for you? Perhaps you'd prefer to fly over the bridge! A scenic flight or helicopter tour provides stunning aerial views of the harbour; adrenaline junkies should check out a high-speed jet boat ride with Harbour Jet Tours. If you're looking for a more luxurious option, why not take a harbour cruise? Sea Sydney Cruises, Captain Cook Cruises and Sydney by Sail will take you on a chartered cruise around the harbour, giving you the chance to soak up the best that Sydney has to offer. And for an authentic historical experience, Sydney Harbour Tall Ships will take you back in time on an 1850s-style sailing ship.

From the ground, one of the best places to admire the bridge is from The Rocks which also has plenty of options for dining, entertainment and accommodation. Or, watch the sun set over the harbour while enjoying a cocktail at an Opera House bar. Another option is to walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or catch a train from Wynyard to Milsons Point. And if you're looking for a family-friendly activity, nothing beats a day at Luna Park – where you can take in the amazing harbour views from the top of the beautifully-restored Ferris wheel

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.

Kayaking at Bundeena in the  Royal National Park. Image James Pipino

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 with EastSail. Image James Pipino

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.

Ferry on Sydney harbour. Image Hamilton Lund

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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