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Sydney Harbour Bridge
Vacation Travel Guide

Stroll from end-to-end or climb to the top; either way, Sydney’s “Coat Hanger” serves up memories to last a lifetime.

The idea for the Sydney Harbour Bridge dates back to 1815, but work didn’t start until 1923. Famous for its distinctive arch and enormous pylons, the bridge was completed in 1932. This was the world’s widest long span bridge until 2012, and Sydney’s tallest structure until 1967. It contains over 6 million hand-driven rivets and, for each repainting, requires 7,925 gallons (30,000 liters) of paint.

Today, the car, train and pedestrian bridge is an iconic piece of Sydney’s skyline. It’s the centerpiece of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the city, with its fireworks display snaring headlines across the globe. The view of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour and surrounds from the bridge make it a magnet for photographers.

Take a 30-minute stroll across the pedestrian path on the east side of the bridge, easily accessed from Milsons Point. Cyclists can ride across using the cycleway on the west side. Those wanting to get above the traffic should book the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

Offering panoramic views of the city, the BridgeClimb experience is very popular, so bookings are required in advance. Climbs are available in various languages and express climbs are an option for those wanting to maximize their time in the city. The classic BridgeClimb, which runs for 3.5 hours, is the most popular option. You’ll ascend more than 1,000 steps to walk along the bridge’s outer arch on the Sydney Opera House side. Soak up 360-degree views, and pose for photos with your group at the bridge’s peak.

For a less strenuous climb, visit the southeast pylon that’s accessible by the pedestrian path. Learn some of the bridge’s history on your way up the 200 steps to the Pylon Lookout. Three floors of exhibits give details about the design and construction. There’s an admission fee to enter the Pylon Lookout, which is open daily, except Christmas Day.

Access to the bridge from the downtown side is via the Bridge Stairs on Cumberland Street in The Rocks area. It’s a short walk to The Rocks from Circular Quay, the major public transport hub. Metered parking is available in the area, but spaces are limited.

Top Hotels Close to Sydney Harbour Bridge

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥18,981 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...

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"Amazing views, great food, comfortable beds, great catering for kids! Covid procedures excellent"…"

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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥13,557 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,213 reviews)

"beds were super comfy excellent location if you are scared of heights ask for a lower floor as all floors look over the foyer"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥21,483 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and ...

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"It was a beautiful stay and the hotel was a dream stay would love to have the opportunity to do it again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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Best Lodging Options Near Sydney Harbour Bridge

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥18,981 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥13,557 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥21,483 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,294 per night from Feb 21 to Feb 22
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
5 out of 5
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, NSW
The price is ¥18,861 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥18,934 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,607 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
The Grace Hotel
Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney
5 out of 5
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥50,977 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Park Hyatt Sydney
InterContinental Sydney
InterContinental Sydney
5 out of 5
117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,372 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
InterContinental Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.