A Walk Across Sydney’s Harbour Bridge

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    A view of Harbour Bridge from Milson's Point
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    Daytime view of the Harbour Bridge from the Sydney Opera House
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    Evening view of the Harbour Bridge from the Sydney Opera House
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    The pedestrian lane on the eastern side of the bridge with its iron fences built to make the bridge "suicide proof."
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    Panoramic views of Sydney arbour from the bridge
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A view of the Harbour Bridge from Milson’s Point

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the iconic landmarks that make the city of Sydney as unique and charming as it is. It’s said to be the world’s largest steel arch bridge. One of the most enjoyable and cost free activities you can do in this bustling city is to walk along the bridge and enjoy panoramic sights of the city.

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Harbour Bridge from the Sydney Opera House

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Harbour Bridge from the Sydney Opera House

The Harbour Bridge is a pivotal pathway for vehicles traveling to and from Sydney’s Central Business District going to Milson’s Point. It is 49 meters wide and stretches 1.149 kilometers long Wikipedia.com. The railway crosses through the center allowing passengers to alight and drop-off at Milson’s Point.

This is the pedestrian lane on the eastern side of the bridge with its iron fences built to make the bridge “suicide proof.” Surveillance cameras are also installed on several posts.

A pedestrian lane can be found on the eastern side of the bridge providing locals, tourists or joggers passage across the bridge. A good place to start your walk is at the historical “Rocks” attraction near Circular Quay going northward to Milson’s Point. From the bridge you can proceed to Luna Park, a small theme park right at the foot of the bridge. Crossing the bridge may take around 20 to 30 minutes depending on your pace.

Panoramic views of Sydney Cove

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Circular Quay

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Benelong Point

The best time to walk across the bridge is late afternoon. During these hours the sun casts a warm and golden light across the bay as it subtly retires for the day. The view of the Opera House, Sydney Cove, Circular Quay up to Garden Island is spectacular. It’s a simple pleasure to watch the ships, ferries and yachts cruise in and out of the harbour.

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sydney, australia, travelWalking on the Harbour Bridge is a cheap alternative to the “Bridge Climb.” A popular attraction wherein you can walk up the steel arch of the bridge and descend on the other end. It’s rather pricey though with admission fees ranging from 200 AUD to 300 AUD depending on the season.

On the other hand, there are bridge towers called Pylons. ThePylon Lookout,” is open from 10 am to 5:00 pm with a minimal admission fee of 13 AUD. From the Pylons you can view the harbour three levels higher from the base of the bridge and enjoy a more elevated and less obstructed view of the harbour.

The Pylon Lookout and images of the bridge from the northern end.

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ADDITIONAL HARBOUR BRIDGE TRIVIA:

• It was constructed in 1932 under the initiative of Premier Jack Lang.
• It took 9 and a half years to construct.
• 80% of the steel used to construct the bridge was shipped from England.
• An estimated 160,000 vehicles cross the bridge each day.
• The 4 pylons of the bridge were constructed simply for aesthetic purposes.

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View of the Harbour Bridge from Milson Point

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Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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  1. 8 June, 2014

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