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Climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney: A Sky-High Adventure

By Hermoine Macura-Noble
Special to The Times Kuwait

When you think of Sydney, iconic landmarks like the Opera House and Bondi Beach often come to mind. However, there’s another experience that offers breathtaking views of the city and its stunning harbor – climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climbing this engineering marvel is not just an adventure but a journey providing a unique perspective of Sydney and its surroundings.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a guided tour that takes you to the summit of this iconic steel arch bridge. Suitable for people of all fitness levels, you don’t need any climbing experience to participate. Before you begin, you’ll have a specially designed bridge climb suit, harness, and communication equipment.

The climb is a series of catwalks, ladders, and steps leading to the summit. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the bridge’s history and construction, as well as its cultural significance to the people of Sydney.

Reaching the summit of the Harbour Bridge is a truly exhilarating experience. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Sydney’s skyline, the sparkling harbor, and famous landmarks like the Opera House and Luna Park. The view stretches as far as the eye can see, offering a unique perspective of the city from above.

“My wife and I return to do this climb every few years when we visit Sydney as this is the spot where I chose to propose to her and celebrate our love,” explains Norwegian climber Lars Hansen.

There are several climb options available to suit your preferences and schedule. The classic BridgeClimb takes approximately 3.5 hours, including preparation and briefing time. For those looking for a shorter experience, there’s the BridgeClimb Express, which takes around 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can opt for the BridgeClimb Sampler, a 1.5-hour climb that takes you halfway to the summit.

For the ultimate adventure, consider booking a climb during twilight or dawn. These extraordinary climbs offer the chance to witness Sydney’s stunning sunrise or sunset from the Harbour Bridge, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“Doing the Bridge climb was on my bucket list…the view once you reach the top of the bridge is unbelievable. I’ve seen loads of videos and pictures of it…You can’t paint all those beautiful colors seen from the top of the bridge. This view has to be seen, to be believed,” gushes visitor Sarah Gulbrandi.

Safety is paramount when it comes to climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. All climbers are securely attached to a static line throughout the climb, ensuring a safe and controlled experience. Additionally, each climb is led by a trained and experienced guide who will provide guidance and support every step of the way.

Here are another top 5 exciting experiences to consider when visiting Sydney:

  1. Sydney Opera House
    No visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to the Sydney Opera House. This architectural masterpiece, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and design, or catch a performance to experience the magic of this cultural landmark.
  2. Bondi Beach
    Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach is a hotspot for sunbathers, surfers, and beach lovers. Spend a day soaking up the sun, catching waves, or exploring the vibrant beachside cafes and shops. Enjoy the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, offering stunning ocean views and secluded beaches.
  3. The Rocks
    Explore Sydney’s historic heart at The Rocks, a charming precinct of cobblestone streets, colonial buildings, and lively markets. Discover the area’s rich history on a guided walking tour, and sample local food and craft beer at one of the many restaurants and pubs.
  4. Sydney Tower Eye
    Head to the Sydney Tower Eye for panoramic views of Sydney and its surrounds. Located in the heart of the city, this iconic tower offers 360-degree views from its observation deck and a thrilling SKYWALK experience for those feeling adventurous.
  5. Breakfast with the Koalas
    Wake up with some of the notable residents at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour and enjoy a Koala breakfast tour, which is suitable for all ages and includes a hot buffet-style breakfast on their Koala Rooftop, amongst the company of the koala colony.


The experience includes a 45-minute zoo keeper-led guided tour of the zoo, finishing up with an unforgettable breakfast experience surrounded by a true Australian icon – the Koala. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo prides itself on the animal encounters that allow visitors an up close and personal experience with animals that is hard to forget. Whether that be with Princess, our Southern Cassowary, or one of our beautiful Koalas – Guests leave educated on the species, the memory of sharing the same space as the individual animals, and their main goal – the drive to help protect the species that call the zoo home.

“A typical day for us at the zoo is ensuring all of the animals in our care thrive. Their welfare is our priority, and this is provided through the provision of nutritional food, allowing the animals to explore their habitat and display agency, training and conditioning of the animals, educating guests, and sharing the passion we have for our work and animals to our guests,” concludes Chloe Richards, Display Supervisor, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

By Hermoine Macura-Noble The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.By Hermoine Macura-Noble
The first Australian English speaking News Anchor in the Middle East. She is also the Author of Faces of the Middle East and Founder of US-based 501c3 charity – The House of Rest which helps to ease the suffering of victims of war. For more from our Contributing Editor, you can follow her on Instagram, here.


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