If you’re visiting Sydney, or have ever visited this wonderful city in the past, it’s more than likely you’ve asked yourself questions like this…
Should we climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Is it worth it? Do we spend all that money on one experience?
I asked myself ALL these questions. But then I thought “Fuck it”. What else am I going to spend that money on? A massive night out? Some new clothes? Transport to get somewhere else in Australia?
I was in Sydney to have the time of my life. My best friend had come out from Hong Kong to see me and I knew that we’d probably both regret if we didn’t do it. So, one night when we were crashing on a friend’s apartment floor in Coogee, we booked it. We wanted those pictures of us both stood at the top. We wanted to do one of the must do experiences in Sydney. We wanted to challenge ourselves because yes, it’s pretty high up there.
And OH MY GOODNESS, it was so worth it.
Here are the reasons why…
Unless you’re lucky enough to go on a helicopter tour of Sydney Harbour, you’ll never get to see Sydney’s skyline the way you do from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the talk skyscrapers in the CBD, up to the hill of King’s Cross and out into the Eastern Suburbs, you get to see what a sprawling and varied city this is. It’s quite incredible.
Okay, that sounds a bit wrong but you get to see all the rivets, the colour of the metal, the paint, and get into the bridge. You won’t get that any other way.
Sure, you could read about this stuff and you probably have learnt a bit about the bridge already if you’re in Sydney but the guides that go up and down the bridge with you really bring it to life. They’ll know little facts you wouldn’t be able to find out reading a book. They’ll be able to answer any weird questions you have. This makes it much more than a Bridge Climb and much more of a detailed tour.
You’ll never forget the feeling of being high above the city streets, of getting your photo taken in front of Sydney’s skyline. Travel is to experience things like this, right?
If I could recommend any time to go, it would be for a twilight walk or one towards sunset. It’s a bit cooler and the sun lights up the gorgeous views with a golden glow. Our climb took place just as the sun was setting. We started during daylight and as we were making our descent, the sun was dropping towards the horizon. It was perfect and meant we got to see gorgeous views in two different lights.
We arrived early enough to get settled in, and for me to run out to the pharmacy to get an inhaler. Yep guys, if you have asthma, bring your inhaler. They’re super safety cautious at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and not having one nearly jeopardised my chance to have this adventure. They also breathalyse you too so don’t be tempted by drinks in The Rocks before you climb!
Then it was time to get fitted into a super attractive boiler suit – everyone’s wearing them so you all look as unfashionable as each other – of which you don’t really wear anything underneath. That’s because it gets super warm on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!
A safety briefing and training sesh is included. The super helpful guides that took us on our tour, went through how to clip and unclip safely from the railings and we even got to climb a few ladders before we went out onto the real thing.
Before you know it, we were out there. My palms were sweating a bit. ATTRACTIVE, I KNOW. I’d like to say it was because it was warm but it’s just the first part of the walk goes out over the road underneath the bridge and it’s not a solid floor either.
But, from there, it was a breeze. The views were breathtaking. The information was mindblowing and the peace, oh it was so peaceful. For all the reasons above, doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb was more than worth the money. I HAD NO REGRETS.
I’m so grateful I got to experience this with one of my oldest friends. I’m glad we spent the money to learn about one of Sydney’s most loved structures – second after the Sydney Opera House? Maybe? Maybe…
I’m glad we did it. And do you know what? I’d do it all over again.
So, I’m sorry for the lack of my own personal pictures in this post. I can promise you, I did do the climb. The photos are just at my Mum’s house and I’ll get them asap!
Would you do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb though? If you’ve done it, did you think it was worth the dollar?