BridgeClimb isn’t just for celebrities and tourists. Here’s why.
What do I have in common with Ben Stiller, Nicole Kidman and Ryan Reynolds? Well at least three out of the four of us have renowned acting ability and lots of money. But all four of us can say we’ve climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Strap on in, if you haven’t ticked this Sydney bucket list activity off you’re list here are 6 reasons why you should try Sydney BridgeClimb. I’ve done it twice now…it’s definitely not just for tourists.
1. The views are exceptional (of course!)
Nothing in Sydney is going to give you views like Sydney BridgeClimb. With 360-degree views of our stunning Harbour you’ll have unsurpassed scenery and perspective on the whole city. You even get a few views you weren’t expecting. One of my favourite things to do is look down on the passing cars as they drive over the bridge. Peeking down above them whizzing by gives you completely different perspective.
2. It’s a fun way to work out
Depending one which climb you choose to do it will take approximately 3.5 hours. You’ll climb 1,332 steps and burn around 2100 kilojoules/500 calories. Yes, you could definitely burn more sweating it out in a spin class at your gym but this is 100 times more exciting.
3. It’s a piece of Australian history
The opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19th March, 1932 is one of Australia’s most historic moments. Since then the Bridge has become on of the most photographed features in Australia by Aussies and tourists alike. Between 1926–1932, anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 Sydneysiders worked on the construction of the Bridge. It is considered one of the most important contributions to Sydney’s transport system to date connecting the north and south sides of the Harbour. Previously if you lived in North Sydney it would have taken you hours to make a land detour to get to Circular Quay. It’s something we take for granted these days. We’re lucky to have the opportunity to cross the Harbour Bridge by car, bus, bicycle or simply taking a nice leisurely walk across. And now we can climb it!
4. Appreciate this world-class feat of engineering
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel arch bridge and the fifth longest in the world. Chief Engineer JJC Bradfield’s travelled across Great Britain, Europe and the United States to investigate the latest engineering technologies and eventually became inspired by Hell’s Gate Bridge in New York, US. The pioneering approach led by Bradfield and his team to design and construct a Bridge with 6 lanes of traffic (now 8), a railway, two tramlines (now none), a cycleway and a pedestrian walkway in a city that was only 1.2m people large at the time is truly remarkable. Your insightful guides will give you more interesting info on the bridge during the climb.
5. Celebrate a special occasion
BridgeClimb started in 1998 and since then it’s hosted many memorable occasions. It’s seen countless birthday celebrations, special proposals and even a few marriages! If you’re planning a special occasion get in touch with the BridgeClimb team to see how they can amplify this already exhilarating experience.
6. Each time you do BridgeClimb it will be different
Come dawn or sunset, even Christmas Day, BridgeClimb operates 7 days a week, 364 days a year (only breaking for the NYE fireworks on the 31st December). Over the summer months they sometimes operate 24 hours a day! Add in the constantly changing elements of weather, temperature and passing traffic, along with lots of different interesting guides and no two BridgeClimbs will ever be the same. Your Climb will always be memorable but for something extra special book in during Vivid. This year Vivid will happen between 26th May to 17th June 2017 with prices staying the same as regular Climbs. See all the lights and action from the best view in Sydney. For more info and to enter our competition (where you + 3 friends could win a Vivid Climb experience) click here.
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