Sydney Harbour Bridge

The largest steel arch bridge in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark spanning one of the finest natural harbours. Opened in 1932, the bridge is fondly nicknamed the Coathanger by Sydneysiders. You can walk and cycle across the bridge or climb to the top for stunning views.

The bridge walk is on the eastern side. You’ll find the stairs up to the bridge walk next to the pedestrian crossing near the Australian Heritage Hotel, on Cumberland Street in the historic Rocks. Along the walk is the south-eastern Pylon Lookout, which offers a spectacular panorama.

Sydney ferrython on Sydney Harbour, Australia Day

The cycleway is on the western side of the bridge. You can gain access to cycleway near the Sydney Observatory, a beautiful heritage-listed building with telescopes for star-gazing. You can hire bicycles in the city or join Sydney Bike Tours, Bonza Bike Tours, Bikebuffs or BlueBananas for guided tours.

The iconic bridge took eight years to build using 53,000 tonnes of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets. During construction, the two steel halves of the towering arch met in the middle of the span on 19 August 1930 at 10pm. Other fascinating facts about the famous Australian bridge include:

  • The arch spans 503 metres
  • The top is 134 metres above the water
  • The pylon granite was quarried near Moruya, on the NSW South Coast
  • The father of the bridge is J.J.C. Bradfield, an engineer
Panoramic views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb

For an unforgettable experience, BridgeClimb Sydney will take you to the top of the summit for 360-degree views of Sydney and beyond. BridgeClimb is on Cumberland Street, near where the road curves under the bridge and stairs down to a colonial military battery at Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) Park.

Another memorable way to marvel at the bridge is on a ferry. Take a ferry from Circular Quay past the bridge and the Sydney Opera House to Taronga Zoo, Manly or Watsons Bay. Or glide underneath the bridge to destinations including Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Cockatoo Island and Parramatta.

What about bridge sightseeing with a harbour cruise? You can choose from a delicious range of harbour cruises, including lunch, high tea, sunset cocktails or dinner cruises. There are wonderful sailing tours, too. For a bird’s-eye view, fly in a seaplane from Rose Bay or a helicopter from Mascot.

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