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Opened in 1932, it is 503 meters long, 48.8 meters wide and weighs 52,800 tonnes. This is one of the famous bridge in the world, The Sydney Harbour Bridge. Up to now, photographers from all around the world keep having this bridge as one of their subject to produce amazing art work. We went to Sydney with 2 main objectives, one of them, to be spoiled with the Sydney Harbour Bridge amazing structure, appreciating the beauty of it and find ways to view it. We googled a little about this bridge before coming as we want to be there and think of our own way, viewing it from various positions. We managed to lined up 7 best ways to view Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia : we did 6 out of that 7. The 7th, honestly, we ran out of fund to pay for the climb but we will come back in the near future and do the 7th. Fingers crossed.
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According to the Australian Government Official website (HERE is the link), in 1815, Francis Greenway proposed building a bridge from the northern to the southern shore of the harbour. It took some time for this to become a reality with design submissions invited in 1900. All the submissions were considered unsuitable and so the momentum for the bridge crossing stopped. However, after the First World War more serious plans were made, with a general design for the Sydney Harbour Bridge prepared by Dr J J C Bradfield and officers of the NSW Department of Public Works.
The New South Wales Government then invited worldwide tenders for the construction of the Bridge in 1922 and the contract was let to English firm Dorman Long and Co of Middlesbrough. The Sydney Harbour Bridge construction started in 1924 and took 1,400 men eight years to build at a cost of 4.2 million. Six million hand driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel were used in its construction. It now carries eight traffic lanes and two rail lines, one in each direction, but at the time of its construction the two eastern lanes were tram tracks. They were converted to road traffic when Sydney closed down its tram system in the 1950s.
The Bridge has an interesting past including its official opening on 19 March 1932. Before the NSW Premier, the Honourable John ‘Jack’ T. Lang, could cut the ribbon to signify the opening of the Harbour Bridge, Captain Francis De Groot of the political group The New Guard slashed the ribbon with his sword. Captain De Goot believed that the only person to open the Bridge should be a member of the Royal Family. Captain De Goot was detained, the ribbon tied together, and the Premier then officially cut the ribbon. As many as 800 families living in the Bridge’s path were relocated and their homes demolished without any compensation given when the Bridge started construction. Sixteen workers lives were lost during construction of the Bridge.
7 ways to view Sydney Harbour Bridge
We sketched the image below to briefly showing to you the 7 best ways to view Sydney Harbour Bridge. We believe there are some other ways as well but from our perspective, these are the best ways to do that.
#1-From the plane
Cost: Included in your airfare, pretty much depending on the direction of your aircraft when landing or departing. Also, the location of your seat. If you are lucky, you get the view from the highest point. We did but unfortunately it was foggy when the plane was about to land, so the picture is not so clear (above image). When we depart home, it was in the evening, so we did not get to see anything.
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Cost: 0, you need your energy. Time: Approx 15 minutes. To walk across the bridge from the city side, you need to go up the Argyle Street steps to Cumberland Street. The Pylon Lookout is accessible via the Bridge Stairs off Cumberland Street. From the Circular Quay side do start from The Rocks District. Look for a sign along George Street directing you towards a flight of stairs. Ask around if you are lost (you will not). Go up and walk to the other side of the bridge. You may get back to the city area by taking the train from the station at Milsons Point.
#3-Go under by boat/Water Taxi/Ferry Service
Cost: Minimal, pay the ferry ticket(s). Depending on your destination and type of ferry service, you will get the chance to go underneath the bridge provided that the route is correct. If you go on board the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, it ain’t giving you that. Best way is to get the ferry service from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, worth visiting anyway. You need the open deck to get the best view. For a more exclusive access, you may purchase the 24HR Hop on Hop off Pass if you want Adult ($45) Child ($25) or Family ($110). It will give you the best access to all 10 popular harbour locations from Manly to Darling Harbour. Here is the official website of Eco Hopper, click HERE.
#4-View it from Milsons Point
Cost: Free if you come here on foot. Follow the information given in #2, when reaching the other side of the bridge, go down and head to the open area(s) namely Milsons Point, front of the North Sydney Olympic Pool or near to the Milsons Point Wharf. To get back to the city area, if you don’t want to spend a cent, go up the bridge again and head back to the first point where you start the journey. Alternatively, take the train or the ferry.
#5-View it from Sydney Tower Eye
Cost: Pay for the entrance fee either for viewing from observation deck or Skywalk. Refer to @Lan article about the Sydney Tower Eye. It will give you some great ideas and link to the proper official site. Click HERE.
#6-View it from Hickson RD, Dawes Point or Opera House
Cost: 0, well maybe buy some snacks or drinks to go along with the amazing scenery plus depending on where you are staying and your mode of transportation getting to the Circular Quay/ Opera House area. We stayed at Darling Harbour area and we came here by foot, going back by bus. For bus routes, google for it. The Sydney CBD transportation system is changing, currently developers are building a 12km tram line from Circular Quay to Central that’s likely to open in 2018 (Read it somewhere, not sure about the details). Hey, it is good walking around, especially in winter!.
#7-Purchase the Bridge Climb package
Cost: A bit costly but totally worth the experience. Unfortunately, we ran out of money for this program and no one sponsor us for this amazing product/package. There are many packages to choose from, depending on time and day, the cost varies. We will be back to Sydney and will get ourselves up here, on the top of the bridge!
So we lined up the best 7 ways to view Sydney Harbour Bridge. It will be up to you to choose the best way for you, if you are travelling with minors, some of the methods might not be suitable. For the bravest of all, perhaps the best one might be the 7th, which we both have yet to try, someday, fingers crossed. Nest time you are in Sydney try all 7 that we listed in this particular entry and if you happen to discover the 8th way, do tell us, share it.
Public transportation is going under a major development in George Street, that is happening now until 2019. While planning your route(s) and if you are using public transportation, especially the bus service, pay attention to some changes by constantly referring to mysydney.nsw.gov.au.