Bridge climbing in Sydney: The ultimate guide
Climb to the top of the one of the world’s most recognisable bridges, with a photo to commemorate.
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Taking part in one of BridgeClimb Sydney’s adventures is an ideal way to mark your time in Sydney.
You can climb to the summit of the bridge at a height of 134 metres above sea level, right in the heart of the famous Sydney Harbour.
There are three types of climbs: Summit, Express and Sampler. They vary by price, experience length and comfort level.
Here’s a full guide to the experience and the different climbs you can choose from.
Which Sydney BridgeClimb is best?
With three types of climbs (Summit, Express and Sampler) to suit your budget, time constraints and pace there's bound to be something available that suits your needs best.
Once you've decided on which type of climb to go on, then you can decide on the time of day (day, night, twilight or dawn) you'd like to climb. Check out your options below.
Climbs by type
Geared at those seeking to experience the climb on a budget, the Sampler takes you as far as the inner arch to halfway up the bridge. The full experience, including pre-climb preparation, is approximately 1.5 hours.
- Guided sample climb
- Ascend through the inner arch to halfway up the bridge
- Climb group photograph
This is the complete experience where you'll ascend to the very summit of the Harbour Bridge over the arches. It moves at a casual pace, making it ideal for many including children. The full experience lasts 3.5 hours.
- See it all at day, night, twilight or dawn
- Climb group photograph
- Guided climb with breathtaking views over Sydney from the very summit of the bridge
The BridgeClimb Express is for anyone who wishes to reach the bridge's summit for those spectacular views but is poor on time or is seeking a more active climb. It walks you through the inner arch of the bridge to its summit. The full experience, including pre-climb, takes 2.5 hours.
- Guided express climb
- Climb group photograph
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BridgeClimb options compared
These prices were taken from the BridgeClimb website, but you might be able to get them cheaper by booking through sites like RedBalloon which often features site-wide deals.
|Name of climb||Starting price (adult/child)||Duration||Extras/inclusions|
|BridgeClimb (day/night)||$268/$188||3 hours 30 minutes||A BridgeClimb cap, a certificate of achievement, a climb group photo and a free pass to the Pylon Lookout|
|BridgeClimb (night)||$268/$188||3 hours 30 minutes||A BridgeClimb cap, a certificate of achievement, a climb group photo and a free pass to the Pylon Lookout|
|BridgeClimb Express||$268/$188||2 hours 15 minutes||A BridgeClimb cap, a certificate of achievement, a climb group photo and a free pass to the Pylon Lookout|
|BridgeClimb Sampler||$174/$148||1 hour 30 minutes||A sampler group photo and a BridgeClimb cap|
|BridgeClimb Ultimate||$348/$149||3 hours 30 minutes||A BridgeClimb cap, a certificate of achievement and a climb group photo|
BridgeClimb Sydney FAQs
I've seen my fair share of panoramic viewpoints but I can honestly say that BridgeClimb Sydney is one of my favourites.
It's a sensory, historical and active experience where you'll literally walk along the coathanger's arches while being regaled with tales of its construction and the city that's developed around it.
The views from up high are absolutely breathtaking but second to it were the guides who were knowledgeable, entertaining and completely passionate about their job.
To sum up a fellow climber in my group, "I would definitely do that again".
Stephanie went on the Summit BridgeClimb on 11 October 2019.
What I liked
- The view. In a word this is stunning. Sure, you can catch the wonder of the harbour on the bridge as a pedestrian, but from 134 metres above sea level you can catch the wisps of white trailing behind the harbour ferries and throw your gaze as far as Manly and the Parramatta River.
- The tour guides. Perhaps we were lucky but all of them were friendly and more than willing to answer our questions, take our photos and give us enough time to soak up the beauty of the harbour.
- Everybody gets a photo. I was thoroughly surprised as most experiences force you to shell out for that commemorative photo, but everyone gets a group shot. It's the individual pics you have to pay extra for.
- It's a very well-curated experience. From equipping you with a hat, handkerchief, fleece and wet weather jacket on the walk, to offering you sunscreen and even hair ties before you depart, there's little to stress about going into the climb.
- You're attached to the bridge the whole time. This helps to remove the fear of being so high above the water. There's also a climb simulation prior to clipping onto the bridge to gauge how you'll feel walking up the narrow stairways.
- But… if you wish to bail, there's a way out. It's fair to say that a climb might not be for certain people. A fear of heights is one of the biggest reasons for this and if you feel you can't go on, you can return to base early.
What I didn't like
- It's an all-weather activity. Rain or shine the climb goes on. The only circumstances where it won't is during an electrical storm or snow. If this happens the climb will be cancelled and you'll be given the option to either rebook or receive a refund.
- You can't bring your camera. This is for safety purposes as no loose items, not even a GoPro, may be brought with you onto the climb in case you accidentally drop it. Your tour guide does take photos for you at designated stops, but this might not be ideal, particularly if you're after a certain shot.
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