Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Stroll from end-to-end or climb to the top; either way, Sydney’s “Coat Hanger” serves up memories to last a lifetime.

The idea for the Sydney Harbour Bridge dates back to 1815, but work didn’t start until 1923. Famous for its distinctive arch and enormous pylons, the bridge was completed in 1932. This was the world’s widest long span bridge until 2012, and Sydney’s tallest structure until 1967. It contains over 6 million hand-driven rivets and, for each repainting, requires 7,925 gallons (30,000 liters) of paint.

Today, the car, train and pedestrian bridge is an iconic piece of Sydney’s skyline. It’s the centerpiece of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city, with its fireworks display snaring headlines across the globe. The view of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour and surrounds from the bridge make it a magnet for photographers.

Take a 30-minute stroll across the pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge, easily accessed from Milsons Point. Cyclists can ride across using the cycleway on the west side. Those wanting to get above the traffic should book the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Offering panoramic views of the city, the BridgeClimb experience is very popular, so bookings are required in advance. Climbs are available in various languages and express climbs are an option for those wanting to maximize their time in the city. The classic BridgeClimb, which runs for 3.5 hours, is the most popular option. You’ll ascend more than 1,000 steps to walk along the bridge’s outer arch on the Sydney Opera House side. Soak up 360-degree views, and pose for photos with your group at the bridge’s peak.

For a less strenuous climb, visit the southeast pylon that’s accessible by the pedestrian path. Learn some of the bridge’s history on your way up the 200 steps to the Pylon Lookout. Three floors of exhibits give details about the design and construction. There’s an admission fee to enter the Pylon Lookout, which is open daily, except Christmas Day.

Access to the bridge from the downtown side is via the Bridge Stairs on Cumberland Street in The Rocks area. It’s a short walk to The Rocks from Circular Quay, the major public transport hub. Metered parking is available in the area, but spaces are limited.

Top Hotels Close to Sydney Harbour Bridge

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is $145 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps from The Rocks Markets and Circular Quay. Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are also ...
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"Great location, staff were pleasant and helpful. Not sure if I got anything additional for being VIP. The room was very basic - no upgrade."

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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is $176 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,865 reviews)
"Great service"

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Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is $162 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. King Street Wharf and Sydney Town Hall are also ...
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Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is $97 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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5 out of 5
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The price is $176 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
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The price is $145 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is $162 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, NSW
The price is $181 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is $188 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Vibe Hotel North Sydney
4 out of 5
171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW
The price is $111 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
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The Darling at the Star
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is $207 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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