As one of Australia’s most photographed places, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is, along with the Opera House, a much loved symbol of Australia. Nicknamed the coat hanger, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is where Sydney’s spectacular New Year’s eve fireworks occur every year, kickstarting festivities worldwide.
But the best way to really get a feel for the Bridge, is to do a BridgeClimb. Here are 3 reasons why Sydney’s Bridge Climb is a must-do family activity
It’s a great way to connect
Getting the family together on a BridgeClimb is an unforgettable bonding experience. It’s an opportunity for quality time with the kids outdoors and free of screen distractions. As you climb you all learn about Australia’s history while taking in Sydney’s spectacular, and sparkling harbour views.
It makes for easy show and tell
Show and tell after a Bridge Climb is easy because each climber receives a certificate of achievement, a BridgeClimb cap, a group photo and a free pass to The Pylon Lookout Museum. Families can also record an 8-second video from the top of the Bridge. If the actual experience doesn’t give the kids enough bragging rights at school, any of the included souvenirs make for an easy show and tell.
It’s cool to climb
Whether their hero is David Beckham, Prince Harry or Katy Perry, kids love to know they are walking in the footsteps of their favourite celebrity. The Climb Base has a great celebrity wall which is a fun place to hang-out before the climb and let the excitement begin.
Bridge Climb – Quick facts
Since its launch on 1 October 1998, BridgeClimb has welcomed over 4 million people onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge arches and operates 364 days a year.
BridgeClimb offers three different climbs to choose from. There are also speciality climbs that you can arrange (e.g. birthday climbs) if you want to do something extra special. The main climb options are:
- The Summit Climb (3.5 hours) ascends on the upper arch of the Bridge, suiting families with kids who are confident scaling ladders to reach the top.
- The Summit Express Climb (2.5 hours) is the fastest way to the top, following the Bridge’s lower arch. This route suits families who want to feel they are in the thick of the Bridge’s body. There are fewer stops along the route and no ladders.
- The Sampler Climb (1.5 hours) is a taster of the full BridgeClimb experience that takes you halfway to the Bridge’s quarter-point. This route suits families who have limited playtime but still want to dip their toes in a climb experience.
Kids aged 8 years and older can climb and you only need a moderate level of fitness. Throughout the experience you will climb over 1,000 stairs, however the guides stop often so it’s not too strenuous. All the equipment is provided so you don’t need to bring anything other than closed in, rubber soled shoes.
For more information go to https://www.bridgeclimb.com/
Janeece Keller is the founder and editor of Family Travel. She mostly travels with her husband and two young kids. She has a large blended family that lives in Australia and Europe. She has visited 52 countries and lived on 3 continents. From camping to luxury resorts Janeece tries to make sure her family has diverse holiday experiences each year. She is an avid hiker and ocean swimmer who loves good food, margaritas and heading off the beaten path.