Sydney Harbour Bridge Tavel Guide

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  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Tavel Guide

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic structures on this planet. The bridge is a steel through arch bridges across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney CBD and the North Shore. It is also the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world, and it is the tallest steel arch bridge.

The bridge's design was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City, and opened on Saturday, 19 March 1932. The bridge itself was regarded as a triumph over Depression times, earning the nickname "the Iron Lung", as it kept many Depression-era workers employed.

Even during its construction, the bridge was such a prominent feature of Sydney that it would attract tourist interest. The best way to experience the bridge is BridgeClimb. Each climb begins on the eastern side of the bridge and ascends to the top. At the summit, the group crosses to the western side of the arch for the descent. During the climb, attendees are secured to the bridge by a wire lifeline. Each climb takes three-and-a-half-hours, including the preparations.

The Harbour Bridge is an integral part of the Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations, generally being used in spectacular ways during the fireworks displays at 9:00 p. m. and midnight. Central to the firework displays each year since 1999 is the lighting display on the Harbour Bridge known as the "Bridge Effect".