Sydney Harbour Bridge
The views from the top of the Harbour Bridge's southeast pylon are awesome, and museum exhibits here explain how the bridge was built....
In 1839 Scottish merchant Robert Campbell started building a private wharf and this gingerbread-style row of 11 storehouses to house his...
Harbour View Hotel
Built in the 1920s, the curvilicious Harbour View was the main boozer for the Harbour Bridge construction crew. These days it fulfils...
Branches of this acclaimed Italian restaurant, paired with the associated Fratelli Fresh providore, have been popping up all over town....
Sydney Harbour Bridge information
Sydneysiders adore their giant 'coathanger'. Opened in 1932, this majestic structure spans the harbour at one of its narrowest points. The best way to experience the bridge is on foot – don't expect much of a view crossing by car or train. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath running the length of the eastern side. You can climb the southeastern pylon to the Pylon Lookout or ascend the great arc on the wildly popular BridgeClimb .
The harbour bridge is a spookily big object – moving around town you’ll catch sight of it in the corner of your eye, sometimes in the most surprising of places. At 134m high, 1149m long, 49m wide and weighing 52,800 tonnes, it's the largest and heaviest (but not the longest) steel arch in the world.
The two halves of chief engineer JJC Bradfield’s mighty arch were built outwards from each shore. In 1930, after nine years of merciless toil by 1400 workers, the two arches were only centimetres apart when 100km/h winds set them swaying. The coathanger hung tough and the arch was finally bolted together.
Perhaps Sydney poet Kenneth Slessor said it best: ‘Day and night, the bridge trembles and echoes like a living thing.’