Sydney Holiday : Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks and Australia’s most photographed sites.  Spanning the Sydney Harbour, the bridge took 8 years to build and was opened in 19 March 1932.

A popular thing to do while in Sydney is the Harbour Bridge Climb but it is quite a costly activity.  However one can also be on the Harbour Bridge for FREE – by crossing it on foot.  There are 2 ways to access the bridge, from The Rocks on the city side or from Milsons Point on the northern side of Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, the largest steel arch bridge

We decided to start our walk from The Rocks.  After walking around for a while, I decided to ask for directions to The Bridge Stairs which are located near Gloucester Street and Cumberland Street.  The stairs led to the main deck of the bridge.

Stairs leading to the bridge

Sign post to Sydney Harbour Bridge

Best part of the crossing was the panoramic views of Sydney Opera House, the harbour and the city skyline, especially on a sunny day :).

View of Sydney CBD and The Rocks from the bridge

The iconic Sydney Opera House

View of Sydney Opera House from the bridge

The pedestrian walkway is located on the eastern side of the bridge while traffic and trains zoom past beside the walkway.  Imposing mesh wire fence and barbed wire along the walkway keep pedestrians safe.

The flat and wide pedestrian walkway

One of the few love locks on the bridge

The Pylon Lookout, another way to have a climb up Sydney Harbour Bridge

Close up view of the bridge

We crossed the bridge at a leisurely pace and took my time taking in the fantastic views and snapping countless photos of the busy harbour with the opera house in the background.  The view of Sydney Opera House from the bridge is truly spectacular.

One of the ships sailing in the busy Sydney Harbour

Panoramic view of Sydney Harbour, the city and beyond

Another angle of Sydney Opera House from the bridge

We gave The Pylon Lookout a miss and continue towards Milsons Point.  The crossing took longer than the 15 – 30 minutes needed for the 2.5km trek due to the various stops.  After exiting the bridge, we headed towards Milsons Point ferry wharf for more postcard views of Sydney skyline and its iconic landmarks.

View of Milson Points and Kirribilli from the bridge

The colourful ferris wheel in Luna Park

View from Milsons Point ferry wharf

Sydney skyline from Milsons Point

We then took a train back to Circular Quay to our next destination, Mrs MacQuarie’s Chair.  Located near the Royal Botanic Garden, this is a good site to catch the sun setting over the harbour.  This elevated spot is also great for sunset photography of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Elizabeth Macquarie used to sit here and admire the view of the harbour

Sydney Harbour at sunset

A cruise ship sailing out of the harbour

Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour at dusk

The spectacular view as the sun went down behind the Opera House was truly a fitting end to a perfect and amazing day :).

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