Sydney is home to a myriad of insane landmarks and activities, but none as iconic as the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb. Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney’s bucket-list ventures and has attracted upwards of four million people since opening. Climbing a total of 440 feet above sea level, you’ll be treated to the best panoramic views money can buy! Here is everything you need to know about climbing Sydney Habour Bridge.
Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge: Before Your Climb
The main hub where you check-in is located at The Rocks. Once you arrive, you’ll be checked in and lead upstairs for a safety briefing. You’ll also be equipped with all of your climbing gear, including a blue jump-suit and your safety belt. There is a small example course where you get used to being attached to the framework. Your guide will show you around this before embarking on the climb of your life!
Who Can Climb?
There are obvious risks that are associated with climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are few restrictions around who can climb and what fitness level is required. Climbers must be 8 years or older (all information on BridgeClimb is age-appropriate), and over 75’s will need a certification of fitness from their GP. Pregnant women who are under 24 weeks are also permitted to climb. For most, a general level of fitness is all you need. All ages, shapes and sizes climb the bridge every day so it is doable (even if you think you’re very unfit!). Don’t be put off by the number of stairs either, as there are plenty of breaks and stops along the way.
Unfortunately, no cameras or external equipment is allowed on the climb. This is down to safety, as they do not want any items being dropped onto the highway below. However, don’t worry, you’ll get your snap of you in front of the Sydney Opera House! Your guide will have a fantastic high-quality camera to hand and will take beautiful photos of you along the way.
Climbs and Prices
There are a variety of different options when it comes to climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first, and most popular option, is the classic BridgeClimb. This climb will take approximately 3.5 hours, requires ascending four ladders and takes you over the outer bridge arch to reach the summit. There is also a shorter climb called the BridgeClimb Express which takes around 2.5 hours and then BridgeClimb sampler, which is only 1.5 hours long. To figure out which one is best for you, visit the BridgeClimb website.
Prices for the bridge climb range from $268 – $403 for an adult, and $188 – $293 for a child. Included in the price are one free photo, a free BridgeClimb hat and all the gear. The price varies depending on the time of day. Day climbs are more expensive than night climbs but offer the best views. Arguably, the dawn climb is the best time of day, as on a clear day you can watch the sunrise over Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. However, dawn spots fill up quickly so booking ahead is essential. There is also a dusk option for those sunset chasers.