Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: an Adventure in Sightseeing

December 25, 2012 by

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is an exhilarating way to see Sydney. Climbs are guided by friendly staff and can be a fun way to see the sights for the whole family, ages 10 and older.

Those who make the climb can return home saying they climbed the world’s largest steel-arch bridge in the world!

Bridge climbers

Bridge climbers are limited to groups of 12-14 people.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most recognized and photographed landmarks. This bridge is the world’s largest steel-arch bridge reaching 134 meters above the harbor.

The bridge celebrated its 80th birthday in 2012, and offers a number of ways for visitors to climb to the top.

Three Ways to Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb offers three different routes to the top. Each of the routes is available at all times. Some climbers like to time it so that they climb up during daylight and make the decent after the sun has set. Morning people can accomplish this in reverse by making the climb at dawn.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, be sure to talk to the staff about your desires when you call to reserve a place on a tour.

A night climb

A night climb offers a spectacular perspective.

  • The Bridge Climb: The Bridge Climb can last up to 3 ½ hours and is limited to 14 people per group. This is the climb for those people who want to take on the upper arch. This climb takes you along catwalks underneath the road deck until you reach ladders to the upper arch. The journey takes you along the outer arch on the Opera House side. The return to the base follows the Darling Harbour side.
  • The Discovery Climb: The Discovery Climb takes climbers through the heart of the Bridge. This journey to the summit is a little shorter than the Bridge Climb, but is still estimated to take a maximum of 3 ½ hours, and is also limited to a group of 14 people. This climb is a good choice for people who want to feel the security of the structure of the bridge around them as they make the climb.
  • The Express Climb: As the name suggests, this is the fastest climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This climb follows the same path as the Discovery Climb, but at a quicker pace with less stops. It takes just over two hours at the most to finish the climb and is a great choice for fitness enthusiasts who like a challenge.

Local Guides

Local people serve as guides (climb leaders) and offer a unique perspective of the bridge as part of Sydney’s story. It’s an ideal way to learn about the city, see it, and experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Photo credits: wallygrom, TheGirlsNY, Pete the painter

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