The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney and Australia. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
The bridge was built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd and opened in 1932. It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level.
Visitors interested in getting the best view from the bridge can do so with the help of the BridgeClimb. Climbers can choose to climb either the outer arch or the inner arch of the bridge for spectacular views and an unforgettable experience.
Tours from BridgeClimb tend to sell out - travelers recommend booking in advance!
9 Fun facts about Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge.
The bridge was first opened in 1932.
When it opened it cost a car six pence to cross, now it costs $3.50.
The steel was 79% imported from the UK.
272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats.
Its original cost was $4.2 million and it took 55years to pay it off.
It took 1,400 men and eight years to build the bridge.
The bridge is 134 metres above sea level.
The top of the arch rises & falls about 180mm due to changes in temperature.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with an expert guide for the ultimate Sydney experience. Get amazing views and learn all about the iconic structure during your climb to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit. You have several options for your climb, including a sampler tour that goes halfway up. No matter which option you choose, ascending this famous landmark gives you a spectacular perspective on Sydney and an exhilarating sense of achievement. Each BridgeClimb is limited to a maximum of 14 participants to ensure personalized attention in a small group.
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