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Everything You Need to Know About Climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge

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Updated: 18 April 2017

When you’re visiting Sydney, admiring the city’s beautiful harbour, Opera House and Harbour Bridge is a must. But if you want a truly unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience, you have to climb the Harbour Bridge itself. You will soar 134 metres (440 feet) above sea level to enjoy some of the best views money can buy. Here is everything you need to know about climbing Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.

Before you climb

Once you arrive at the Bridge Climb office, you check in before being lead upstairs where you get given a safety briefing, some information about the climb and a blue jumpsuit equipped with all the necessary safety gear. From there you begin the climb of your life!

Ascending the Harbour Bridge image courtesy if Sydney BridgeClimb

Ascending the Harbour Bridge | Image courtesy of Sydney BridgeClimb

Fitness levels

When you look at the big, beautiful bridge you might be wondering if you are able to make it to the top. If you have a general level of fitness, that is all you need. There are hundreds of climbers every day who are all ages, shapes and sizes, so as long as you are somewhat fit and mobile you should be good to go. There are plenty of breaks along the way too.


Due to safety reasons, you’re not allowed to take any phones or cameras with you on the climb. But you’re guide is equipped with a camera and takes fantastic, high-quality photos along the way. Once you finish the climb you’re able to purchase these once you finish the climb. You will get some beautiful shots with the group and yourself with the stunning harbour and Sydney Opera House in the background.

Harbour Bridge Climb / Image Authors Own

Harbour Bridge Climb | Image Authors Own

Climb options

If you’re worried about your fitness levels or strapped for time while in Sydney, never fear, there are a few options you can choose from when you climb the bridge. The first option is the original BridgeClimb, this option takes about 3.5 hours, this route requires ascending four ladders and will have you climbing the bridges outer arch to the summit. There is a shorter option called the BridgeClimb Express which is an hour shorter than the original climb and takes you along the inner path of the arch. The shorter option, the BridgeClimb Sampler, it only 1.5 hours long and takes you to a prime vantage spot halfway up the bridge where you get a group shot before heading back down again.

Twilight Bridge Climb image courtesy of Sydney BridgeClimb

Twilight Bridge Climb | Image courtesy of Sydney BridgeClimb

Time of day to climb

There are plenty of options and groups leaving all day and night long. If you book ahead you get a spot in the dawn group where you depart before the day breaks and you can watch the sunrise over in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney. During the day there are multiple groups that leave and these spots are the easier ones to snag on short notice and are a bit cheaper too. Just like the sunrise option, there is a dusk option as well, where you can enjoy stunning sunsets in saturated colours. Once the sun goes down you can opt for a night climb where you can admire the twinkling lights of the city below.