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Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Last updated: 20 February, 2024

Movie stars do it, footballers do it, mums and dads do it, even old ladies do it. Bridge Climb is the top attraction in Sydney – and must surely rank as one of the world’s greatest bucket list experiences.

Apart from a few short ladders at the start, it’s a surprisingly gentle ‘climb’ and not nearly as scary as it looks. Views of Sydney Harbour are (literally) breathtaking, and you’ll also learn the fascinating history of the bridge and the Sydney Opera House as you go. So be brave; this unique experience is a must.


Price from: £110
Minimum age: 8
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: 2- 3 hours

Getting there & doing it

You have several options. The standard climb (the Ultimate) takes 3.5 hours, while the shorter Insider climb is completed in around 2.5 hours. The Burrawa features an indigenous storyteller. The Ultimate is promoted as the most challenging climb, taking the visitor 134 metres above the harbour. No experience is needed, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

All climbers undergo an extensive training session before they are allowed onto the bridge and are attached to a safety rail at all times. This is a very slick, professional outfit, and nothing is left to chance. Book well ahead to avoid disappointment.

Avoid alcohol for a couple of hours before doing this climb – all climbers are breath tested. There’s also nowhere to go if you need a bathroom break, so avoid coffee and tea as well.

Children must be eight years and over to climb and be at least 1.2 metres tall. Those aged eight to 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

When to do it

Tours run all year round, seven days a week. There are day, twilight and night climbs. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon time slots are the most popular, but twilight and night climbs are the most atmospheric.