“To get on in Australia, you must make two observations. Say, “You have the most beautiful bridge in the world” and “They tell me you trounced England again in the cricket.” The first statement will be a lie. Sydney Bridge [sic] is big, utilitarian and the symbol of Australia, like the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower. But it is very ugly. No Australian will admit this” (James Michener).
Australia is one of those magical and mind-blowing attractions of this world that houses a wide variety of many alluring and fascinating attractions- one of the breath-taking engineering marvel is Sydney Harbour Bridge that serves as the most notable and significant cultural icon of this planet. It is an arch bridge that carries pedestrian, bicycle and other vehicular traffic but above all it is highly famous for the dramatic view and that’s why it appeals to all those travelers who take Sydney Flights.
It is also commonly called as the “Coat hanger” because of its unique shape. This amazing bridge also offers the spell casting and jaw dropping views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour as well (both acts as the famous fascinating tourism spots of the city). Known worldwide to be the epitome of engineering ingenuity and modern bridge design, it has always drawn the attention of hundreds of locals as well as the foreigner travelers.
The bridge was designed by Dorman Long and Co Ltd (the British firm) and was opened for public in 1932. The Hell Gate Bridge that lies in New York was the source of inspiration for the construction of this bridge in Sydney and now according to the Guinness World Record this Sydney Harbour Bridge is the widest long-span bridge of this world. It has also ranked on 5th position for being the longest spanning-arch bridge of this planet.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the tallest structure until 1967 but after that the world produced many jaw dropping skyscrapers. There are 6 lanes for traffic and there are two ends (the northern ones lies Milsons Point where as the southern end is located at the Rocks area). two 28-panel arch trusses have been used to make the complete the arc whose height varies as we move towards the central part ( 187 feet maximum and the minimum one is 59 feet).
It is one of the most popular tourist points of Australia and even during its construction; it has served as a prominent and notable feature of the city that caught the world’s eye. It one amazing part is the south-east pylon that can be approached with pedestrian walkway and there are 20 steps that tourists have to climb to reach the top. Bridge Climb is another interesting and exciting feature of this spectacular attraction that invites a large variety of adventurous people.
By keeping in mind the weather conditions, protective clothing are provided to the group of adventurous climbers and they can make their way to the top ( they are secured by the wire lifeline) . There are varieties of climbs the tourists can opt for but it almost takes three-and-a-half-hours to finish each climb.