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The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: My Experience

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is an iconic attraction in the city. Since it opened to the public, nearly 4 million people have made the climb. Whether you’re a local who wants to see the bridge and the city from a different viewpoint. Or if you’re a tourist itching to tick this thrilling experience of your bucket list. I’ll give you a little insight into what it’s actually like to the climb Australia‘s Sydney Harbour Bridge. Just a note, I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a pre-COVID world, way back in 2013. So my experience may alter slightly to what is resembles today. I’ve done my best to provide up-to-date information regarding safety measures, using the information provided on the BridgeClimb Sydney site. 

About BridgeClimb Sydney  

BridgeClimb Sydney first began welcoming climbers to its arches back in 1998. Since then visitors from across the globe, be it local Sydney dwellers or international students, holidaymakers or ex-pats, have completed this climb. They’ve helped people overcome their fear of heights. Given climbers the opportunity to experience stunning 360 views of the city. And helped facilitate 5000 proposals and over 30 weddings. According to its website, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the most climbed bridge in the world.

The BridgeClimb Options

If you want to add yourself to the ranks of people who’ve climbed the bridge there are a few ways to do so. The Ultimate, Summit, Summit Express and Sampler. BridgeClimb Ultimate launches on 6 September 2020. It lasts 3.5 hours, totals a whopping 1621 steps and enables you to conquer the whole bridge. You’ll climb from South to North and back again. BridgeClimb Summit is the climb I chose to do. It’s 1332 steps in total and the experience lasts for 3 hours. You’ll ascend the upper arch of the bridge until you reach the top, cross over and head back down. Short on time? There’s the BridgeClimb Summit Express which lasts 2.5 hours. Or the currently closed BridgeClimb Sampler, which only lasts 1.5 hours.

Is it safe to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge?  

I felt extremely safe throughout the whole BridgeClimb Sydney experience. Before even setting foot onto the bridge you’re given a thorough safety briefing, by their experienced staff. This included completing a BridgeClimb Declaration Form. The staff use the data provided to assess if you’re ready to make the climb. They have to do this to check that you don’t pose a danger to yourself, other climbers, their staff and also other users of the bridge. The staff run through how safety harnesses work and provide free lockers for personal belongings. As the BridgeClimb is above a road and train track, you’re not allowed to bring phones, cameras and other belongings on the climb with you.  

BridgeClimb Sydney and COVID-19 

In addition to the climbing health and safety procedures, new steps have been added to the experience to keep everyone safe from the risk of COVID-19. BridgeClimb has been registered with the New South Wales government as a COVIDSAFE business. Social distancing of 1.5 metres is required during the experience and like usual climb, groups will be small in numbers (max 14 climbers per group). There are additional health checks, increased cleaning, available hand sanitiser and handwashing facilities. All payments are contactless too. Just do your bit and if you’ve been told to isolate or have symptoms of COVID-19 don’t participate in the BridgeClimb Sydney.  

Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge 

Climbing the Sydney Harbour BridgeMy BridgeClimb experience was a gift to myself on my 21st birthday. I’d spent the semester studying abroad in Sydney and wanted to do something special. I’d already visited the Sydney Opera House, spent a lot of time on Sydney’s Eastern Beaches and went to the top of Sydney Tower Eye. Now it was Sydney Harbour Bridge’s turn. I’ll admit I was pretty nervous as I latched myself onto the Climb Base. Above me, cars and lorries hurtled along the Bradfield Highway. Below, the dark waters of Sydney’s Harbour. I had over 1000 steps to go, it was windy and I was scared. As I made my way up the South-East Pylon I did at one point doubt my decision to climb. But this didn’t last long once we made it onto the bridge’s upper arch and spotted the views. To my right, my beloved Sydney Opera House. Behind me, the city I had learnt to love in such a short space of time. Reaching the summit was the chance to get my photograph taken and record a video message to my family. After the slightly scary crossing over, we descended on the Darling Harbour side of the bridge and back to land. My legs felt wobbly, my hair was a windswept mess, but I’d done it. The accomplishment of climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the views that went alongside it will be something I remember forever. 

BridgrClimb Sydney is a fantastic experience. And if you happen to be living close by or travelling to Sydney it’s a must-do. If you’ve climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge I’d love to know how you found it. And if you have any questions about it, please do leave a message below in the comments.

Until next time.

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