As one of the most attractive harbours in the world, Sydney Harbour gets countless visitors per year to see its wonders. Watching over the beautiful harbour is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Considered as one of the most important landmarks in all Sydney, the bridge has been an attraction for all who see it since 1932.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was at its time both an engineering feat and an economical one as well. The construction on the bridge started in 1926. Its massive foundations are 12 meters deep, and they have all been set in sandstone. With anchoring tunnels of 36 meters, the bridge was constructed in in halves, with the 503 meter arch being started in 1929. The two arch halves finally met in 1930, with the bridge being officially opened on 19 March 1932.
A steel through-arch bridge, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has become an important symbol of Sydney, and it is considered to be on par with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, New York’s Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Also called “coat hanger” in the past, it is now referred to by locals as just “the bridge”.
It links the city with North Sydney and it has eight traffic lanes and 2 railroad tracks. At its highest point, Sydney Harbour Bridge is 134 meters above sea level. Since 1998, the bridge has become a great attraction since the Bridge Climb Sydney - a local company started organizing tours over the arch. Traversing from one side to the other, the trip attracts thousands of tourists annually, although the traversing isn’t for the faint of heart.
The Pylon Lookout
The south east pylon has a lookout that allows tourists to have a complete view of Sydney Harbour and to also see the Rocks, the Darling Harbour or the Taronga Zoo. Although the 200 steps it takes to reach the pylon lookout can be a challenge to many, the effort of getting there is very much worth it, as the Sydney Harbour’s splendours can be seen from that point.
The Sydney Harbour with its wonderful sightings and its bridge and opera house attracts tourists from all over the world. The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands tall and watches over the harbour, providing courageous tourists the chance to see the entire area, while also offering people the opportunity to travel from the city to North Sydney and back in no time.
The city of Sydney surrounds the beautiful Sydney Harbour. Although life is busy there, and despite the fact that the harbour is teeming with catamarans, cruisers or fishing boats, it is a clean place full of green areas and parks that not only complement the atmosphere but they also provide tourists with a place to set up picnics.
Attractions surrounding Sydney Harbour
One of the main attractions on the coast of Sydney Harbour is the Royal Botanical Gardens. With more than 7,500 tree species, it provides visitors with more than 30 hectares full of plant diversity ranging from exotic trees to colourful flowers, rose gardens and a wonderful harbour side view.
Another attraction that is on the side of Sydney Harbour is the Taronga Zoo. It can be easily accessed by getting a ferry from Circular Quay. With a huge collections of Australian fauna complemented with numerous other animal species from all around the world, people can see exotic animals ranging from koalas and kangaroos to wombats and more.
Situated on the other side of the Royal Botanical Gardens is Mrs Macquaries Chair. It offers perhaps one of the most interesting and beautiful views of the harbour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Pylon Lookout
While Mrs Macquaries Chair may provide visitors with the most beautiful view on the harbour, Sydney Harbour bridge’s Pylon Lookout offers the most complete view, as not only the entire harbour can be seen, but also neighboring areas such as the Rocks or the Darling Harbour. While the point of view from up there is marvelous, the climb over the 200 steps may put some tourists in difficulty. There are also companies who organize tours along the bridge, and there is the possibility to walk on the arch from one end to the other in an adrenaline filled adventure.
Sydney Opera House
Just on Bennelong Point, the Sydney Opera House is the structure that stands out the most. This majestic construction offers not only a pleasant view, but visitors may also see plays, orchestras or other concerts to cultural performing arts from around the world. There are also shops there that allow tourists to pick up a souvenir for those at home.
With a multitude of attractions, it is no wonder Sydney Harbour is considered to be the most wonderful harbour in the world. With its green parks and majestic constructions, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney opera house, it is bound to attract many more visitors in the future.