The Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is a popular tourist activity. It particularly attracts fitter and more active visitors, since it involves climbing along the arch of the iconic structure. BridgClimb organises climbs from dawn until dusk, but also offers the twilight climb and the night climb on occasion.
What is Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Sydney Harbour Bridge history
Although it resembles Victorian iron bridges that are found in other parts of the world, it was built more recently and opened in 1932.
This very wide bridge was originally constructed to carry tramlines and railway lines, as well as roads and a footpath.
It links the south and north shores of Sydney Harbour. Sydney Harbour Bridge today
It carries two railway lines operating regular services, the footpath for pedestrians, two lanes of motor traffic where the tramlines used to be, another six lanes of vehicular traffic and a cycleway.
Motorists pay a toll to cross the bridge via Sydney's electronic road toll system. The bridge climb
The climb takes participants above the busy road and railway towards the peak of the arch 134 metres above water level, from where Sydney's famous New Year lights and fireworks are suspended.
The Sydney Bridge climb experience
This is located via the southern end of the bridge, at Miller's Point in the Rocks area of Sydney Harbour.
This tourist option is suitable only for people who have good mobility and physical stamina. The discovery climb
This enables climbers to ascend the inner line of the bridge and view its internal structure, then ascend a staircase to a platform at the summit.
This option may include up to 14 people at once, and takes three and a half hours. The express climb
This takes only two and a quarter hours, ascending through the inner arch and assisted by extra team members. The bridge climb
Ascend the exterior structure on the eastern edge of the bridge, attached by safety lines.
This lasts three and a half hours. Since only electrical storms or exceptionally high winds will cause cancelation, 98% of tours do go ahead. Safety precautions
Mandatory jumpsuits and other safe clothing are provided.
Wear shoes with rubbery soles and a good grip.
No personal possessions, such as cameras, may be taken on the climb.