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    Harbour Bridge

    by muratkorman Written May 23, 2009

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    If you don't take a walk in Harbour Bridge, you will miss the chance of enjoying the scene of Sydney Harbour. The fences built to avoid any suicide attempts makes you feel frustrated, but it is still very nice. If you want to do more than walking, you can climb up to the top of Harbour Bridge with Bridgeclimb tours organized daily at frequent intervals. For the fainthearted there is Pylon Lookout which offers some great scenery.

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    Make The Climb

    by Susumarie Written Jan 15, 2009

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    At the top -- cold, but worth it!
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    This had been the very first thing we booked, and yet we still were not quick enough to get the sunset climb. It is an expensive undertaking, but definitely an experience I am happy to have been part of.
    Since we couldn't get the sunset trip, we debated whether to go for the late afternoon or night, and ended up with the late afternoon, thinking we might see some sunset that way. Now knowing how FICKLE Sydney weather is, I am SOOOO happy we took that afternoon climb, as we had had beautiful, hot sunny days until the morning of our climb (Jan. 2), which turned windy and cold. I had no feeling in my hands and feet by the time we reached the top (and I was wearing the gloves, unlike some of the "macho" men in my group).
    They start you off, suiting you up with everything you could possibly need, everything having to be clipped to you so nothing can fall on the cars below you... At one point, our guide clipped our "parachutes" to our backends; there was someone asking me how we were going to use a parachute (?) This was actually a fleece coat packed into a packet. I had that out and on by the first level.
    When you read all the warnings and whatnot, it sounds like this is going to be a killer of a climb, but there is nothing strenuous to it at all. The hardest part is getting all the gear on and walking right with it.
    Having been on the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is such a wonderful feeling, though. I have that captured forever in my mind (it is FROZEN there), and when my mind starts slipping (wait, it's already done that!) I have my picture!

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    Harbour Bridge

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 18, 2008

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    The Harbour Bridge is a steel bridge connecting Sydney with the North Shore. It is one of the most recognizable Sydney landmarks along with the Opera House. I like the arched steel of the bridge and thing it is quite beautiful.

    It's fun to watch people walk on top of the bridge (the Bridge Walk). I could never do that, I have a fear of heights and they don't let you bring your own camera.

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    CATCH A TRAIN OVER THE BRIDGE..

    by DennyP Written Nov 7, 2008

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    THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE  TAKEN AT MILSONS POINT
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    A lot of friends when visiting Sydney always ask if we can cross the famous "coathanger " Harbour bridge...my advise to travellers in Sydney..get a train across and walk back.(thats the budget way).The first stop over the bridge from the city is MILSONS POINT STATION..any train going to the northern suburbs of Sydney stops at Milsons Point..when travelling across the bridge by train sit upstairs ..as the trains are "double decker" that way you will get the best view..The acess to the footpath across the bridge is easily reached by stairs outside the Milsons Point Railway Station.. The views from the bridge walkway are excellent and good photos of the Opera House , the Quay, and the cities panorama are taken from here..Also many photos of the Harbour Bridge can be taken from Milsons point also..the walkway over the bridge will take you back to "The Rocks" area of Sydney ...right by Circular Quay for train or ferry travel.
    There is a bridge walk that you can do to the top of the span...but its very expensive..

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Nov 7, 2008

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    This is second only to the Opera House as an instantly recognizable symbol of Sydney. There is a lookout over Sydney Harbour from the Pylon. For those looking for a more adventurous experience, you can climb the bridge up to its peak height.

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    BridgeClimb

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    BridgeClimb

    Since 1998, BridgeClimb has made it possible to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a 3½ hour tour. During the climb, attendees are secured to the bridge by a wire lifeline.

    You are not allowed to bring your own camera, but you can buy photos at the end of the tour.

    Two of my friends climbed the bridge with BridgeClimb, and they both had a wonderful time.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    by ValbyDK Updated Oct 19, 2008

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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the main crossing of Sydney Harbour (between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore). The Bridge was opened in 1932 - and has a length of 1149 m and a height of 139 m.

    Take a walk across the bridge and enjoy the view of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour. If you don't want to walk both ways, you can take the train from Milson Point Station (north) to Wynyard Station (south). Wynyard Station is in the centre of Sydney.

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    WORLD FAMOUS SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

    by AusPinay Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    my family in front of iconic Harbour Bridge
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    Perhaps one of the most famous icons of Australia is the Sydney Harbour Bridge,a large steel arch bridge connecting the city center with the residential areas in the north. Thanks to its sheer size and beautiful location the bridge has become one of Australia's most famous landmarks.

    It can be seen from many spots in the city of Sydney- Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Park, Opera House, etc, among others.

    The most spectacular way to visit the bridge is the popular BridgeClimb, a three and a half hour tour with a two hour walk to the top of the arch, 134 meter above sea level. Safety precautions and instructions include a 'Climb Simulator' and a blood alcohol reading. If you do have alcohol in your blood, you will not be able to participate and you will not get another chance so make sure you get there sober. There are day, twilight and even night climbs. You're not allowed to take your camera up there! Your tour guide will take a group picture though, at a price!

    The bridge cost the Australian taxpayers around $A13.5 million according to some tourist sites. The loan was finally paid off by toll fees in 1988. The toll fee is still levied, it now finances the maintenance of the harbour bridge and the construction of the harbour tunnel, built in 1992.

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    Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge!

    by xuessium Updated Jul 8, 2008

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    One of the 3 landmarks of Sydney - the omnipotent presence of the bridge dominates the harbour skyline. You can choose to admire from afar, or do one step better and climb up to the bridge level to experience the strong winds and enjoy the magnificent views of the Sydney Opera House and the city. If you think this is still too sedate for your satisfaction - conquer the Bridge Climb and climb to the apex of the bridge!

    You can now choose 2: The more sedate Bridge Climb and the slightly more adventurous Discovery Climb (which I did) for a more thorough inspection of the Bridge structure.

    RATES:
    Please check the website for the prices.

    Catch a ferry, bus or train to Circular Quay. BridgeClimb is a short walk along George Street, then up Argyle Street (take the Argyle Stairs) to Cumberland Street. By car, park at Harrington Street, George Street and Argyle Street car parks.

    * Climbers should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled Climb time to check-in, as Climbs cannot be held for late arrivals.

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    Harbor Bridge

    by kelyeah Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    Harbor Bridge - From the Taxi
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    The Sydney Harbor Bridge is one of the most iconic things to see in Sydney.
    Two great places to view it from are the Observation Deck in the Sydney Tower and from Circular Quay.
    Crossing the bridge by car is an experience in itself as it is a lot wider than you think and there are lanes going everywhere.
    You can also climb the bridge. I didn't do this as I didn't have enough money but I will be doing it next time I go back.

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  • Walk and enjoy, it's free!

    by jennvaz Updated Mar 30, 2008

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    Even if you are on a tight budget, taking a walk from the South of Sydney to the North of Sydney via the Harbour Bridge is a must for visitors. To get there by foot, head up the steps from Cumberland Street from The Rocks and walk on the eastern side. The structure of the bridge itself is facinating and various spots along the bridge provides great views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour.
    However, on a sunny day, be adviced to bring along your sunglasses and a cap.

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    Harbour Bridge climb

    by beets Updated Mar 18, 2008

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    You can see the bridge from anywhere along the harbour.

    There are two ways of walking on the bridge: the expensive way or the free way.

    * Expensive Way
    Book through the Bridge Climb Centre. The climb allows you to walk on the top of the bridge (the top arch). You get a photo at the top of yourself and the city view. It's a bit pricey, but well worth the cost of it! You will need to pay in advance and book at the website www.bridgeclimb.com

    * Free way
    This is just walking on the bottom of the bridge (the flat bottom). You can go up the stairs at Milson's Point station or at The Rocks. Check for specific locations at www.pylonlookout.com.au

    -- Pylon Lookout
    You can also climb up the pylon for about $11.

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    Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    by Openseas Updated Oct 8, 2007

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    Climbing Sydney Harbour is really A MUST DO experience if visiting Sydney. You can do two 3.5hour climb either at dawn, day, twlight or night.

    The tour includes equipment, safety checks and a guide. It costs Adult $160.00 Child $100.00

    Depending if the climb is busy, you can sometimes pick-up a special "day rate".

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    The Bridge climb

    by iandsmith Written Sep 29, 2007

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    Note the ants up top
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    You can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $300 depending on whether or not you're a child or adult or what time of day you plan to climb and whether or not it's peak period.
    The best you can do is check out their website and go from there.
    Adults won't get out of it for under $200.
    Remember, if you go up, you'll big no bigger than these people as shown in the photos and, it's a long way to fall (that's not going to happen by the way).
    The one thing that irks me about the climb is that you can't take your camera there. Yes, you will get a picture taken of yourself up top by your host but it's not the same as being able to pick your snap and reel off a few dozen of Sydney from a prime viewing point.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world's largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour.

    Fondly known by the locals as the 'Coathanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrated its 70th birthday in 2002, with its official opening in March 1932.

    For the adventurous and intrepid it is possible to climb to the top of the bridge under strict supervision. Don't take any liquid courage before the climb because you will be breath tested for alcohol before being allowed to participate.

    For anyone interested, here are some interesting facts and figures -

    Length of arch span 503m
    Height of top of arch 134m above mean sea level
    Height to top of aircraft beacon 141m above mean sea level
    Width of deck 49m
    Clearance for shipping 49m
    Height of pylons 89 metres above mean sea level
    Base of each abutment tower 68m across and 48m long (two pylons rest on each abutment tower)
    Total length of bridge 1149m including approach spans
    Bearing pins Each of the four pins measures 4.2m long and 368mm in diameter
    Thrust on bearings Under maximum load approximately 20,000 tonnes on each bearing
    Number of rivets Approximately 6,000,000
    Largest rivet Weighed 3.5 kilograms and was 395mm long
    Longest hanger 58.8m
    Shortest hanger 7.3m
    Total weight of steelwork 52,800 tonnes including arch and mild steel approach spans
    Weight of arch 39,000 tonnes
    Rock excavated for foundations 122,000 cubic metres
    Concrete used for bridge 95,000 cubic metres
    Granite facing used on pylons and piers 17,000 cubic metres
    Allowance for deck expansion 420mm
    Allowance for arch expansion The arch may rise or fall 18cm due to heating or cooling
    Number of panels in arch 28, each 18.28m wide
    Record tonnage erected 589 tonnes of steelwork was erected on the arch in one day on 26 November 1929
    Paint required 272,000 litres of paint were required to give the Bridge its initial three coats

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