Sydney Harbour Bridge activities and experiences
There are plenty of options for active travellers who want to combine a trip to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a bit of exercise or a heart-pumping experience.
Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge
There was a time when only daredevils and rebels would climb the bridge in the dead of night, or perform illegal high-wire stunts. Those days are gone, however, as BridgeClimb have been operating official, legal, unforgettable guided climbs to the summit since 1998.
If you’re unsure how to go about it, here are a few frequently asked questions about climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge:
Is it safe?
Yes, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is perfectly safe.
BridgeClimb operates guided climbs with a professional climb leader, and participants are provided with all safety equipment and gear required (safety harness and wire lifeline, protective clothing suited to the weather conditions, etc.) as well as a safety orientation briefing before the climb.
Is it always the same climb?
No. You can do a range of different climbing options. For example:
The Summit Climb – the classic, 3.5-hour full climb that includes everything, ascending up to the top from the east side, clamouring on ladders and catwalks to the outer edge of the arch and the summit, then descending down the western side of the bridge.
The Summit Express Climb – a truncated, 2-hour return version of the climb, straight to the top and back down.
The Sampler – a short and sweet, 90-minute return climb, which goes up the inner arch to a spectacular viewpoint halfway up.
The Canape Climb and Climb & Dine options – for those who want to climb in style, knowing they’ll be rewarded with some delicious gourmet hors d’oeuvres at the summit, or a divine dinner after returning to ground level.
Private group climbs – whether a wedding ceremony, family reunion, or birthday party, you can arrange an exclusive private climb that will be sure to make the occasion an even more memorable one.
Who can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Absolutely no previous climbing experience is necessary, nor do you need a particular level of fitness.
Most of the climb is a steady incline on wide stairs, so even travellers who are a bit out of shape should have no problem reaching the top. If you find yourself struggling along the way, there is the option of latching onto a descending downward BridgeClimb party.
There are, however, a few restrictions:
- Only children aged 8 and up, and over 1.2 metres tall, are allowed to climb the bridge. But there is no upper age limit!
- The climb is not appropriate for travellers who are over 24 weeks pregnant.
- If you have a disability or an injury, this may not be a barrier to climbing! Read BridgeClimb’s pre-climb checklist for useful information on health & medical conditions.
- Thanks to the Auslan climb, a special guided tour which is delivered twice a month in Australian sign language, hearing-impaired visitors are able to enjoy the summit climb.
- The commentary for most climbs is in English, but there are also dedicated tours with Japanese- and Mandarin-speaking guides.
When is a good time to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge?
Basically, any time of day – BridgeClimb offer guided climbs at dawn, during the day, in the evening, and at night.
Daytime climbs mean excellent city and harbour views, while evening and night climbs offer amazing sunset views, plus the chance to see Sydney’s glittering night skyline in a unique way.
If you don’t like the heat, then avoid daytime climbs in the high summer months of December to February. October, November, March and April are good months for avoiding the heat, the busy school holiday crowds, and the potential rains between April and September.
That said, climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a fantastic experience all year-round and BridgeClimb operate 364 days a year.
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