There are some opportunities in life you should never pass up. Climbing Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge is one of them. The summit of the arch affords the most stunning view in the whole of the city and every climb has something new to offer.
Sydney’s Harbour Bridge has a history colourful enough to rival that of the their Opera House. Rich in anecdotes and personal flair, the passion for the history and stories that went into building the bridge come through in the commentary from each individual guide.
After eight years in construction, with 1,400 men working on the crew, six million hand driven rivets (no rivet guns back then, it was all heated over the fire and thrown – yes thrown – to the guy needing to bang it into place) and with a price tag of $4.2 million the 53,000 tonnes of steel were finally officially opened as the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. Not content with a politician cutting the ribbon to open the Bridge, Captain Francis De Groot slashed the ribbon with his sword before the NSW premier had a chance to cut it. De Groot was a firm believer that the only person to open the bridge should have been a member of the Royal Family and was promptly taken into custody. Probably under charges of being a madman with a sword. (I have not verified this fact) A murmur, a shuffle and a reef knot later and the ribbon was ready to be cut officially by Premier Lang.
There are three climbs to chose from depending on your level of fitness, time available and budget. BridgeClimb, BridgeClimb Express and BridgeClimb Sampler. Each one will provide you with a unique and memorable experience however it is important to know the difference to avoid booking the wrong climb for you.