climb the sydney harbour bridge

climb the sydney harbour bridge

On this day in 1932, the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge opened. Walking across the bridge is a great way to have stunning views of the harbor (or harbour, if you're typing like a local), but did you know that you can actually climb the bridge?

Well, you can!

We first learned that this was possible when climbing the Harbour Bridge was a challenge on one of our favorite shows, The Amazing Race. Personally, I'm terrified of heights, so this kind of urban adventure is not for me, though the folks who run the bridge climb boast that they've helped thousands of people overcome their fears and conquer the climb. So, if you've got the stomach for it, this is a great way to get your steps in, while taking in some gorgeous views of the harbour, the waterfront, and, of course, the Sydney Opera House.

They advise you to arrive having eaten. You'll be burning calories climbing the bridge, after all. The entire climb takes about 3 1/2 hours, all told. You'll need to be at least 4 feet tall (or 1.2 meters), and kids under the age of 8 aren't permitted, regardless of height. Kids from 8 to 15 need to be accompanied by an adult. No open toed shoes permitted, and they've got lockers to store your belongings while you climb. Other than that, there's not much to know. Even if it's pouring down rain, you can still climb the bridge--the climbs happen in all kinds of weather!

So, now that you've seen it, what do you think?

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