Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney (must see)

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s 2nd widest long-span bridge. It connects the city’s Central Business District and the North Shore. It carries rail, vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The arched shape of the bridge has earned it the popular name, Coat Hanger.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are symbols of the city and of Australia. It was built under the supervision of Dr. J.J.C. Bradfield of the New South Wales Department of Public Works and constructed by British firm, Dorman Long and Co. It stands 440 feet high and 503 meters long. There is a pair of granite pylons at each end of the bridge designed by Scottish architect, Thomas S. Tait. The southeastern pylon has a museum and a lookout from which tourists can see beautiful views of the opera house and Sydney Harbour. Today, there are 6 lanes for traffic on the main roadway, two road traffic lanes and a pedestrian pathway on the eastern side and two railway tracks and a bicycle path on the western side.

Since 1998, tourists have been permitted to climb the southern half of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also the venue of spectacular New Years Day fireworks and many commemorative celebrations. It is a monument of national pride in Australia.

Why You Should Visit:
This bridge can provide you with so much entertainment from no to high prices, that it would be a sin to miss it if you're holidaying in Sydney.

Tip:
Try to walk in the early morning, as well as in the afternoon. When the sun is down and all the lights are on, you'll see something different again.
To make your bridge walk even more attractive, go up to the Pylon Lookout – the 360 degrees view from the top will be breathtaking.
If you're fit and capable, go for the bridge climb as well. Not as scary as maybe you think, but a certain adrenalin level makes it even more fun.
Alternately, access the bridge from Cumberland and then run/walk all the way to the north end. The views from Kirribilli of the bridge and the Opera House are outstanding.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Sydney, Australia within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge on Map

Sight Name: Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sight Location: Sydney, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walking Tour II   Landmarks Walking Tour in Sydney  

Walking Tours in Sydney, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Sydney

Create Your Own Walk in Sydney

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sydney is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walking Tour II

City Orientation Walking Tour II

Sydney is the largest city in Australia, and is the state capital of New South Wales. It is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world, and each of its localities possesses its own unique character. Sydney is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it won't take long for you to discover this for yourself. Take the following tour to explore the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

Opening in 1916 in Mosman, the Taronga Zoo is one of the main attractions of Sydney. On the 21 hectares housing Sydney’s city zoo you can see birds and animals that live only on the Australian continent, such as the koala, emu, red kangaroo and many others. In addition, you can see more than 2600 animals from all over the world, including quite a few threatened and endangered species. The...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Sydney without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Sydney, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Walking Tour on Sydney’s East Shore

Walking Tour on Sydney’s East Shore

Sydney’s East Shore is the most picturesque part of Sydney. In this area you can enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Bondi Beach. Also this area has a great historical value for the Aboriginal people and the entire nation of Australia. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent attractions in Sydney’s "most beautiful" area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Most Popular Sydney’s Art Galleries

Most Popular Sydney’s Art Galleries

Sydney is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the cultural center of Australia, so it is no wonder that so many talented people are inspired by this wonderful place. The city boasts more than 70 art galleries which reveal Australia's history, culture, and development. Take this walking tour to visit Sydney’s most popular art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney

Walking Tour: Museums and Art Galleries in Sydney

Sydney has a wide range of museums to satisfy every possible interest. Many of these museums offer wonderful temporary exhibits in addition to their exceptional permanent collections. Most of the museums reveal the history of the Australian continent, which is inseparable from the maritime aspects. Taking this walking tour, you will become familiar with Sydney’s most famous museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km

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