DIY Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

One of the most recognisable icons in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must-visit for many travellers to the Harbour City. The bridge is fondly known as the Coathanger by us locals, and forms the centrepiece of Sydney’s famed New Year Eve fireworks. The view from the top of the bridge is, I’ve heard, spectacular; but at $198 and upwards (current prices as at July 2013), the “Climb of Your Life” with Sydney Bridge Climb can be pretty costly! There is a cheaper, more child-friendly option – the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon lookout!

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Step 1: Make your way to the bridge on foot

Make your way to the south-east side of the Bridge, closest to Circular Quay train station. The approach to the bridge is via Cumberland Street by way of a flight of stairs from Argyle Street. There are numerous maps in the Rocks area that can help you find your way onto the bridge.

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Step 2: Climb! 

Halfway through the 200 steps to the top you will come to the ticket desk, along with a bathroom, souvenirs and historical and educational information on the building of the bridge. There are benches along the way if you need to stop to catch your breath.

Step 3: Enjoy the view

At the very top of the pylon, you get 360 degree views across Sydney Harbour. The walls are edged with glass etched with sight lines that give direction and distance to various spots around Sydney, including the Blue Mountains to the west and Palm Beach in the north. From this vantage point you can also look and laugh at the bridge climbers, toiling their way up for ten times the expense but with almost the same view.

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 Pylon tickets General admission $11


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  1. Tina Schell says:

    My husband and I did the bridge climb 8 or 9 years ago and it was fantastic, amazing, incredible! Save up and DO it, you won’t be sorry. It’s one of our all-time favorite memories. We still laugh about it, amazed that we did it. The history of the building process also way cool!

    1. Wow Tina – was it scary being up that high? I think because I live here in Sydney and see the bridge and harbour every day, I don’t feel the pull to climb the bridge. Especially at $200 per person! I think of the pylon as a good alternative for budget tourists, and the exhibits there also give a pretty comprehensive history of the building process. Though I’m sure nothing can compare to being up on top of the harbour on the bridge and having an unimpeded view!

      1. Tina Schell says:

        The view was incredible but it was much more about the experience and overcoming our fears, because YES it was really scary!!! Truly exhilarating.

        1. Have you tried skydiving? I think that will be the litmus test for me – I actually do not like heights much at all! 🙂

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