Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Sydney Harbour Bridge featuring a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge

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.

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Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥17,568 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥23,343 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,387 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
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The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥15,299 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥17,568 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥23,343 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
Sir Stamford At Circular Quay
5 out of 5
93 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥19,387 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
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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 ¥23,776 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥27,084 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Park Hyatt Sydney
Park Hyatt Sydney
5 out of 5
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥79,789 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
5 out of 5
12 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥24,083 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥15,827 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 25
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