Travel & Places Australia

Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge, an iconic symbol of the harbour city and capital of New South Wales, has linked central Sydney and the city's North Shore since it opened in 1932.

Spanning Sydney Harbour from the area around Sydney Opera House to Kirribilli and North Sydney, it is the world's tallest steel arch bridge, at a height of 134 metres (440 feet) from water level.

Since 1998 it has been possible for Sydneysiders and visitors alike to climb to the top arch through conducted bridge climbs run by Bridgeclimb Sydney.

Bridgeclimb, providing vantage points for panoramic bird's-eye views of city, harbour, ocean and mountains, has become a popular Sydney attraction and is conducted a number of times a day from dawn to dusk.

Generally groups of some 12-14 people do the bridgeclimb but in December 2010, shown worldwide on television on the Oprah Winfrey Show in January 2011, 316 people who were part of Oprah Winfrey's Ultimate Australian Adventure climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge at the one time.

Unfortunately, a hitch occurred in recording the event for the television cameras from a helicopter — the aircraft had aborted the first approach because it had needed to refuel — and the "ultimate adventurers" had to fritter away some 30 minutes at the top of the bridge until the helicopter returned and successfully filmed the group.

Detailed information on the Sydney Bridgeclimb is available at bridgeclimb.com.

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