Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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With its long arch rising 134 m (440 ft) above the glimmering blue waters of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge stands as the world's tallest steel-arch bridge. Nicknamed "The Coathanger" by locals, the bridge itself forms an impressive site with a giant steel arch extending from one massive granite-faced pylon to another. It connects downtown Sydney to the North Shore for cars, trains, bicycles, and pedestrians. When you cross it, you'll be rewarded with outstanding views of the Sydney skyline and Sydney Opera House. You can walk across the bridge for free or take the Bridge Climb to the top of the arch if you're feeling adventurous. Using our custom trip planner, Sydney attractions like Sydney Harbour Bridge can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We managed to reach Opera House before night time and managed to get magnificent shots of both the Opera House & the Harbour Bridge at night.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I did the walk across the bridge which you can access from the rocks area ( around argyle street) Stunning views from the bridge of the opera house and city skyline. You come into kirribilli on the ot...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is quite iconic, so we decided we wanted to walk across. It doesn't take very long to get to the other side. It's nice way to wind down.  more »
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  • Such an amazing view from the bridge. Even if you don't do the Bridge Walk to the top, just walking across the bridge has some of the best views around Sydney. There are several security people posted along the way and it is clean and a nice walk. It is FREE to walk across the bridge, without walking to the top!
  • Excellent example of a through-arch bridge, clever usage of the chosen material and great implementation of fireworks on NYE. Not a good place to eat, sleep, relax (unless you like the sound of traffic) or buy souvenirs. I'd recommend the Opera house and the surrounding area for that. All in all, great bridge, plenty of usage.
  • Wow - What an awesome experience! Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Felt safe throughout. Only reason for 4/5 stars is that it is extremely expensive and then you have to buy photos afterwards as you're not allowed you're own camera. That being said, we had a great time and when you're in Sydney, you have to climb the bridge, right?
  • One of the must visit spot, the famous bridge in Sydney. It's is a must visit up there with Sydney Opera House. You can take some time around The Rocks area, maybe to the market there on weekend. It's beautiful and worth it. The view from the Opera house is just simply fantastic.
  • What an awesome bridge. I love to walk across it whenever I get the chance. Back in the late 80s when it was only a $25 fine to climb it, we used to spend late night Saturday nights sitting on top of it drinking beers!

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