Photo courtesy of BridgeClimb Sydney
The most high-adrenaline way to see Sydney Harbour, BridgeClimb has been dressing up locals and travelers in jumpsuits and safety harnesses to ascend “The Coathanger” since 1998. Along the way, they learn fun facts about the Sydney Harbour Bridge, like how it was built using six million rivets, which bridge workers tossed to each other when they were white hot and ready to weld. You’ll also gain a new appreciation for the Sydney Opera House as well as the world’s deepest natural harbor, which just so happens to be the birthplace of European Australia. At the top, strike your favorite Zoolander pose, or try "the koala," which Ben Stiller invented during his climb.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
The bridge is an iconic emblem of Sydney and the climb has become one of the most sought after experiences in the city. Locals and tourists alike flock to the climb for a once-in-a-lifetime hike and certainly once-in-a-lifetime views. Turns out the experience really isn’t that scary. Everyone is secured by a lead line to the bridge and dare I say it’s nearly impossible for any harm to befall a climber. It takes a few hours, but the walk isn’t too strenuous and the views are worth any amount of effort. From the top of the bridge I could see everything on the bright and clear late winter morning. The drivers in the cars far below had no idea I was up there and I felt like an urban voyeur on a massive scale. Although it’s an expensive climb, it’s something everyone should do at least once in his or her lives.
By Matt Long
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