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 of the bridge. Stairs next to the pedestrian crossing on Cumberland Street, in the historic Rocks, lead up to the bridge walk. Along the walk is the south-eastern Pylon Lookout, offering a spectacular panorama and a fascinating exhibition on the bridge.

Sydney ferrython on Sydney Harbour, Australia Day

The cycleway is on the western side. You can hire bicycles at various locations in the city or join Sydney Bike ToursBonza Bike ToursBikebuffs or BlueBananas for a guided tour across the bridge, which took eight years to build using 53,000 tonnes of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets.

An unforgettable experience is climbing the mighty structure with BridgeClimb Sydney for 360-degree views from the top of the arch. BridgeClimb is on Cumberland Street, near where the road curves under the bridge and stairs lead down to a colonial military battery at Dawes Point (Ta-Ra) Park.

Panoramic views from the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb

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 ZooManly or Watsons Bay. Or hop on a ferry and glide underneath the bridge to attractions such as Luna Park, Darling Harbour or Parramatta.

There are sailing tours and harbour cruises, too. You can join a guided kayak tour. For a bird’s-eye view of the bridge and other famous attractions on the sparkling blue harbour, fly in a seaplane from Rose Bay or take a scenic helicopter tour from Mascot, a short train ride from the city centre.