If you have $200+ and nerves of steel you can climb over one of the Harbour Bridge Arches.. If you have neither, you can take the wimp’s climb to the top of one of the Pylons.
Sunday was a beautiful day and I was able to drag the manservant away from astrophysical stuff and head off to Sydney Harbour. As this was going to be a strenuous activity we fortified ourselves with breakfast in The Rocks first: (the bridge is just peeking through at the end of the street)
Plenty of wire stops those of us who might be tempted to jump over – either onto the roadway or into the water:
There are 200 steps from the pylon entrance (road level) to the top – they are open metal, and although this photo is looking upwards, if you looked down you could see a lot of open space which made me a little giddy (an excellent indication that I would not be able to do the arch climb!!)
About a third of the way up (70 steps actually) there is a little historic display with info about the building of the bridge. No “charming attendants” today, just a couple of guys sitting behind computers at a counter; no pashometer and no telescopes!
A gold watch must’ve been a really high priced commodity way back then – but what a way to get one!:
This handy little device is about half way up the climb – luckily we did not need to rip it off the wall:
200 steps later we came out onto the pylon lookout – at this point we are 87 metres above the Harbour. The arch is 134 metres above the water. There are 6 million rivets holding this bridge together!! Apparently welding of the 1920’s was considered too unreliable and nuts & bolts were too expensive. Work started on the bridge in 1924 and it was completed in 1932 – 7 years and 356 days.
The views from here were fabulous – though I’m sure they are better from the top of the arch you are not allowed to take a camera with you on that walk (another reason for me not to go LOL)…. This is the city of Sydney – the roadway on the right is what goes over the bridge – not much traffic on a Sunday but it is clogged on work days:
Of course when you are up there you have to take shots of the Opera House:
From up here you really get an idea of how big Sydney Harbour really is. The Harbour holds 500 gigalitres of water apparently … this is also quoted as being 400,000 acre feet. Whatever, it is a bloody lot of water!
This is the view towards Darling Harbour, Anzac Bridge – the sky was looking really cool here:
This is something well worth doing if you ever visit Sydney and I think it must be a little bit of a well kept secret because there were hardly any people up there at all…. it costs $9 each. My father took us up here in the early 70’s – the walk up was not on fancy steel stairs then but I bet I climbed it little easier! Mind you, my mother would not have let me eat a breakfast of pastry back then!!