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Along with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city’s iconic sights. Apart from its function as car, train and pedestrian access between the northern and southern shores of the city, the bridge has become more than a feat of engineering; it is synonymous with the city itself. The bridge is also a key part of Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations, taking centre stage of the fireworks extravaganza based around its structure.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a remarkable landmark that holds numerous record—it was the world’s longest span bridge until very recently and was the tallest structure in Sydney from 1932 to 1967.
If you only have a short time to spend in Sydney, the bridge is a great way to appreciate the full beauty of the city. Enjoy a leisurely stroll across the 1.25 kilometre length of the structure. There are pedestrian pathways on the bridge so you can enjoy the 30-minute walk in complete safety. Take along a camera to capture the amazing views of the Sydney Opera House, harbour and surrounding area.
If you’re not afraid of heights, the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a must, offering incredible panoramic views of the entire city. Don your jumpsuit and let the guides take care of you as you start your 3.5-hour ascent. Fleeces, rain jackets and hats all are provided if the weather isn’t so good. The bridge climbs are popular so it’s best to book in advance. The climbs are not too difficult and there are plenty of resting points along the way where you can also gather information. You won’t believe the spectacular views when you finally reach the top! Alternatively, visit the southeast pylon where you can walk at your own pace. Take the 200 steps to the Pylon lookout and learn about the history of the bridge on its three floors of exhibits. There’s an admission fee to enter the Pylon Lookout, which is open daily, except for Christmas Day.
Access to the bridge from the downtown side is via the Bridge Stairs on Cumberland Street in The Rocks area. A small number of metered parking spaces are available.
There are heaps of wonderful ways to experience Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here are some of some of our favourites:
For more activities, have a look at our Sydney things to do page.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Sydney Town Hall are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Town Hall Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hyde Park and Central Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Wynyard Station is only a 3-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 10 minutes.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station is only a 4-minute walk and Exhibition Light Rail Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Circular Quay, Government House and Sydney Opera House. Royal Botanic Gardens and The Rocks Markets are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Tower are also within 10 minutes. Town Hall Station is only a 4-minute walk and Convention Light Rail Station is 9 minutes.
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Castlereagh Street and Pitt Street Mall. Sydney Tower and Martin Place are also within 5 minutes. Martin Place Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 6 minutes.