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The 3 Favourite Ways to Enjoy Sydney Harbour Bridge

May 24, 2008
When visiting The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the question is of course, what is the best way to see it? And how should a visitor take advantage of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a short visit or any sort of visit to Sydney?

There are a few ways that you can really enjoy the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first way is by taking a walk around it. There is that pedestrian access on the eastern side, if you are down in The Rocks area you can basically take the stairways up, you can get up to the Harbour Bridge and then just walk across it. And that affords great views first of all, it is cheap, it is good exercise, it is not the most peaceful walk in the world because you have got six lines of traffic not far from you way to and from the city, but a beautiful nonetheless.

You can take all time in the world, it is not at all busy even during peak hour periods, take as long as you want so you can walk across it.

One of the other things that you probably going to want do in Sydney Harbour Bridge is to get a photo of it. Now obviously being actually on the Bridge is not the best spot for taking photos of it. In my experience the best spot, although there are many around the Harbour foreshore area, is in front of the Sydney Opera House.

If you stand in front of the Opera House, there on a bit of foreshore there you can not miss it, then you can look straight across the Harbour Bridge and that is one of the best spots for your photos. You can get photos of the bridge itself, zooming in or zooming out and plenty of those photos of yourself, your friends and loved ones posing in front of the Harbour Bridge.

There's a couple of options if you want to actually climb the Bridge. The Pylon Lookout, is a lookout within one of the pylons. It is actually a museum, the Sydney Harbour Museum. If you go through there, this museum shows you a lot of history of how the Bridge was built, the structure itself, some of the history there, some of the people that died during its construction. It is a very interesting and educational experience.

It is not like you would spend hours at the museum, but certainly the good thing is that it is a very affordable way to climb the bridge. There is an admission charge but it's quite affordable. And not only do you get to learn about the Bridge itself, but you get to the top and you get to look at the magnificent views that you get from so many hundred meters up there.

The other option if you are looking to climb the Harbour Bridge is the Bridge Climb. It is a private company that runs these climbs of the Bridge. And you can see them at all hours of the days and night. These organized groups climb along this span to the very pinnacle of the Bridge, and then they climb back down. I have done it myself and it is an excellent walk. You do pay reasonable well to for the privilege. They take safety very seriously and its a completely safe activity and very enjoyable.

One of the disadvantages is that you can not take a camera or anything and you can not take any photographs of the view while you're up there. You really have to just to enjoy it in person, some photographs are taken by the staff and you can buy those when you leave the walk. The whole thing takes quite a few hours and you need to book well in advance, because it is quite busy.

So, if you want to really get into the Harbour Bridge, there is a number ways that you can do it. You can get over to the Opera House or somewhere around the foreshore and you can take your photos and the like. It is a very simple matter to walk across, backwards and forwards across the Bridge, you do that in half an hour, you can walk over there and back and there's nice spots on the north side as well. If you are more interested in climbing it, your options are really the Pylon Lookout, or the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
About the Author
Garry Searle has lived in Sydney, for 15 years. His podcast, The Sydney
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