Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Towers, High Climbs, Lookouts in Australia

Bridge Climbs - Australia

There are a many bridge climb, walks adventures and tours available in Australia that are very popular with locals and tourists.

The most popular and famous in Australia is the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb which is thrilling, challenging, and scary at times, but is very safe as you are always harnessed to the superstructure.

The famous Harbour Bridge is one of the most loved and well-known engineering structures in the world, especially after the Sydney Olympics. It is still the 6th longest single arch bridge in the world. When completed in 1932 it was the second longest (see the table below).

The view from the top of the arch (the 'coat-hangar as it is called) is fantastic as you can see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour.

On this unique climbing challenge you will ascend about 1600 meters of steel while firmly secured with a safety line.

The Famous Coat-hanger in Sydney
The Famous Coat-hanger in Sydney | Source
The Coat-hanger by Night
The Coat-hanger by Night | Source
Will the two halves meet?
Will the two halves meet? | Source
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The path will take you up steep ladders, across catwalks and through many arches on your way to the top.

This is a great adventure to do with your friend.

Bridge climbs in the world

Tourists can climb only five bridges in the world on organised adventures three of them in Australia one New Zealand, a fourth in China and one in America. Many bridges can be crossed on foot, but these five are the only ones where people can climb to the top of the bridge infrastrcuture.

In Australia, there is, of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb which started operating in 1998, followed in 2005 by Story Bridge in Brisbane Queensland. There are also a number of other adventure climbs to scenic lookouts and high places in Australia.

For more details see

In Australia - the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.

In Australia - the Story Bridge Adventure Climb in Brisbane.

In New Zealand - the Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb.
In the USA - the New River Gorge Bridge Climb in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

The Story Bridge in Brisbane opened in July 1940. It has a cantilever span that is 777 m long and spans a bend in the Brisbane River in the heart of Brisbane and connects Kangaroo Point with Fortitude Valley. The bridge has been opened for conducted bridge climbs since 2005.

The Brisbane Story Bridge - Another Great Climb

The climb of the Story Bridge in Brisbane, offers a spectacular view of the Brisbane central business district and the Brisbane River.

The climb is almost 1 km long, and takes you over the steel superstructure of the bridge.

At the top of the climb you will be almost 80 m above the Brisbane River and you can enjoy the unique panoramic views that is only seen by your fellow adventures.

On the bridge climb walk you will hear interesting commentary and information about Brisbane's history and heritage.

The walk takes about two and a half hours and there are climbs at twilight, dawn, during the day and at night.


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Single Arch Bridges in the World

Name
Span (metres)
Span (feet)
Material
Year opened
Country
Chaotianmen Bridge
552
1811
steel
2009
China
Lupu Bridge
550
1804
steel
2003
China
Bosideng Bridge
530
1739
CFST
2012
China
New River Gorge Bridge
518
1699
steel
1977
United States
Bayonne Bridge
510
1673
steel
1931
United States
Sydney Harbour Bridge
503
1650
steel
1932
Australia
Wushan Bridge
460
1509
CFST
2005
China
Mingzhou Bridge
450
1476
steel
2011
China
Zhijinghe River Bridge
430
1411
CFST
2009
China
Xinguang Bridge
428
1404
steel
2008
China
Wanxian Bridge
420
1378
concrete
1997
China
Caiyuanba Bridge
420
1378
steel
2007
China
Lianxiang Bridge
400
1312
CFST
2007
China
Daninghe Bridge
400
1312
steel
2010
China
Krk Bridge
390
1280
concrete
1980
Croatia
Fremont Bridge
382
1253
steel
1973
United States
Hiroshima Airport Bridge
380
1247
steel
2010
Japan
Maocaojie Bridge
368
1207
CFST
2006
China
Port Mann Bridge
366
1201
steel
1964
Canada
Zhaohua Jialing River Bridge
364
1194
concrete
2012
China
Zakov Bridge
362
1188
steel
1967
Czech Republic
Yajisha Bridge
360
1181
CFST
2000
China
Wanzhou Railway Bridge
360
1181
steel
2005
China
Bridge of the Americas
344
1129
steel
1962
Panama
Xiaohe River Bridge
338
1109
CFST
2010
China
Taipinghu Bridge
336
1102
CFST
2007
China
Dashengguan Bridge
336
1102
steel
2009
China
Laviolette Bridge
335
1099
steel
1967
Canada
Nanning Yonghe Bridge
335
1099
CFST
2004
China
Silver Jubilee Bridge
330
1083
steel
1961
United Kingdom
Jiangjiehe Bridge
330
1083
concrete
1993
China
Birchenough Bridge
329
1079
steel
1935
Zimbabwe
Roosevelt Lake Bridge
329
1079
steel
1990
United States
Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
323
1060
concrete
2010
United States
Glen Canyon Dam Bridge
313
1027
steel
1959
United States
Yongjiang Bridge
312
1024
concrete
1996
China
Chunan Nanpu Bridge
308
1010
CFST
2003
China
Pentele Bridge
308
1010
steel
2007
Hungary
Lewiston-Queenston Bridge
305
1001
steel
1962
United States
Gladesville Bridge
305
1001
concrete
1964
Australia
Shin Kizugawa Bridge
305
1001
steel
1994
Japan
Perrine Bridge
303
994
steel
1974
United States
Seri Saujana Bridge
300
984
steel
2003
Malaysia
Chancheng Dongping Bridge
300
984
steel
2006
China
Ling-Tie Bridge
300
984
steel
2009
China
Hell Gate Bridge
298
978
steel
1916
United States
Ohmishima Bridge
297
974
steel
1979
Japan
Friendship Bridge (Paraguay/Brazil)
290
951
concrete
1965
Paraguay
Rainbow Bridge (Niagara Falls)
289
948
steel
1941
United States
Meixi River Bridge
288
945
CFST
2001
China
Van Brienenoordbrug
287
942
steel
1965
Netherlands
Second Blue Water Bridge
281
922
steel
1997
United States
Qingchuan Bridge
280
919
CFST
2000
China
Yumemai Bridge
280
919
steel
2001
Japan
Infante D. Henrique Bridge
280
919
concrete
2002
Portugal
Dongguang Shuidao Bridge
280
919
CFST
2005
China
Alm Bridge
278
912
steel
1960
Sweden
Moundsville Bridge
278
912
steel
1986
United States
Jefferson Barracks Bridge
277
909
steel
1983
United States
Eto Bridge
275
902
steel
1995
Japan
Yichang Railway Bridge
275
902
CFST
2008
China
Hernando de Soto Bridge
274
899
steel
1973
United States
Chaoyang Arch Bridge
274
899
steel
2011
China
Bloukrans Bridge
272
892
concrete
1984
South Africa
Arrabida Bridge
270
886
concrete
1963
Portugal
Eau Rouge Viaduct
270
886
steel
1993
Belgium
Sanan Yongjiang Bridge
270
886
CFST
1998
China
North Beimen Bridge
270
886
CFST
2006
China
South Beimen Bridge
270
886
CFST
2006
China
Froschgrundsee Viaduct
270
886
concrete
2010
Germany
Grampen Viaduct
270
886
concrete
2011
Germany
Beishengou Bridge
269
883
CFST
2011
China
Fujikawa Bridge
265
869
concrete
2005
Japan
Sand Bridge
264
866
concrete
1943
Sweden
Contreras Railway Viaduct
261
856
concrete
2009
Spain
Saigo Bridge
260
853
steel
1977
Japan
Takamatsu Bridge
260
853
concrete
2000
Japan
Chitose Bridge
260
853
steel
2003
Japan
Rongzhou Bridge
260
853
CFST
2005
China
Jing Yang Bridge
260
853
CFST
2007
China
Julien Dubuque Bridge
258
846
steel
1943
United States
Henry Hudson Bridge
256
840
steel
1936
United States
Brocke der Solidaritit
256
840
steel
1950
Germany
Zigui Bridge
256
840
CFST
2002
China
Kuige Bridge
256
840
CFST
2011
China
Kishiwada Bridge
255
837
steel
1993
Japan
Jogakura Bridge
255
837
steel
1995
Japan
Los Tilos Arch
255
837
concrete
2004
Spain
Shin Hamadera Bridge
254
833
steel
1994
Japan
Nishinomiyako Bridge
252
827
steel
1994
Japan
Wild Gera Viaduct
252
827
concrete
2000
Germany
Qiandaohu Bridge
252
827
CFST
2004
China
Karun 3 Dam Bridge
252
827
steel
2005
Iran
Bob Cummings Lincoln Trail Bridge
251
823
steel
1966
United States
Changfeng Bridge
251
823
CFST
2001
China
Hamm Railroad Bridge
250
820
steel
1987
Germany
Chateaubriand Bridge
250
820
concrete
1991
France
Imari Bay Bridge
250
820
steel
2003
Japan
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Healthy Living Is 6 years ago from allergies, people, flowers. health, diet, art, medicine, mental health

Great post


Neil 4 years ago

Great article about Sydney Harbour Bridge. I would love to do it but want to experience it with someone as well but believe it is a very expensive experience but i think you have convinced me it is worth the money. Can i book online at: http://www.sydneyharbourbridgeclimb.org


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janderson99 4 years ago from Australia on Planet Water Author

Yes you can - Just Do it!

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