Friday, 22 March 2013

Walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic site known all around the world and photographed by everyone who visits Sydney. The Bridge connects the city of Sydney with the North Shore and many people use it to travel to or from the city regularly. Trains, cars, buses and trucks are whizzing across it day and night but you can also enjoy more leisurely  ways to cross the Bridge.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Cahill Walkway

For those who enjoy cycling there is a cycle path which is becoming increasingly popular. My preferred method is walking along the Cahill Walkway which can be accessed via Macquarie Street (opposite the Botanical Gardens), Circular Quay or the Rocks.  

Cahill Walkway

Whilst we were walking we were passed by lots of runners who also use this as a regular way to get to or from work or just as a way to keep fit.

View as we neared the Rocks area

Part way across is an opportunity to get a view from a higher point by taking the 200 steps up to the The Pylon Lookout . There is a small entry fee to the lookout $6.50 for a child or $11 for an adult but the fee is worthwhile as there are a number of points along the climb where you will learn about the history and construction of the Bridge.

View halfway across 

Of course if you're more adventurous and can afford the Bridge Climb its well worthwhile the effort. The night climb allows you to enjoy the lights of Sydney under the night sky, the day climbs stunning views across the Harbour and the dawn climb the sun rising across the city and Harbour.

Arriving on the North Shore

For more information on access points to the Bridge see  Harbour Bridge Map

Milsons Point

Milsons Point is the first suburb across the Bridge and probably most famous for Luna Park but there are also a range of good restaurants and cafes to enjoy. We eat there regularly when we're in Sydney as its much better value for money than restaurants in the city.


Kirribilli is also on the North Shore and famous for Kirribilli House, the official residence of the Australian Prime Minister and  Admiralty House the residence of the Australian Governor General.

Also worth a visit are the Kirribilli Markets which are held on the 2nd Sunday of the month with more than 200 stalls selling new and recycled fashion, home and giftware, arts, crafts, plants and gourmet produce.  

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