Walking Up The Sydney Harbour Bridge

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SYDNEY | The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most recognisable icons. The heritage-listed steel through arch bridge opened in 1932 and is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge.

Many people know that the Sydney Harbour bridge can be climbed, but what’s less known is that visitors who aren’t keen on a climb but want to get to the top can simply walk up the bridge. There is a pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the bridge that spans the entire length of the bridge that’s completely free. The views from here are great, but obstructed by safety mesh on the eastern side and the bridge and traffic on the western side.

When walking along the pedestrian walkway, you’ll notice and entrance at the bridge’s south-east pylon. When the bridge was being built, it was anticipated that it would become a tourist attraction and in 1934, the pylon opened to the public with a number of attractions, including a viewing platform at the top. Over the years it was closed and opened at various times, with the exact attractions and displays changing.

Since 1982, the pylon been almost continually open, and today there are exhibits across three levels that showcase the history and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, those who built it, and the vision of chief engineer JJC Bradfield. Once walk up the entire 200 stairs and reach the top, you’re treated to some of the best panoramic views of Sydney.

Entrance to the pylon lookout (as of November 2019) is $19.00 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, and $9.50 for children aged 5 to 12 (inclusive). Children under five can visit for free.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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