Sydney Harbour Bridge
No visit to Sydney is complete without a good glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Affectionately nicknamed "The Coat Hanger" due to its distinct shape, this iconic steel arch bridge was built to link the harbour from north to south. The bridge was officially and infamously opened in 1932, twice. Before the then NSW Premier, John 'Jack' T. Lang could cut the ribbon, Captain Francis De Groot rode slashed the ribbon with his sword in protest as he believed that the bridge should only be opened by a member of the Royal Family. De Groot was detained, the ribbon was re-tied and the Premier officially cut the ribbon, again.
It took 1400 workers nine years to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s one of Australia’s most photographed landmarks and on New Year’s Eve, millions around the world tune in the see the bridge and surrounding harbour come to life with a spectacular fireworks display. With so many eyes on this masterpiece, it must be kept looking presentable. A fresh coat of paint uses 30,000 litres and takes around 10 years. Once completed, it's time to start again.
While in Sydney, you can follow in the footsteps of royals and celebrities and test your nerve as you climb to the summit of the bridge and take in amazing unparalleled views 134 metres over Sydney Harbour – a must do experience. If heights aren’t for you, climb the stairs to the lower Pylon Lookout for a walk-through history of the construction of the Bridge and for stunning views of the harbour.