Whichever way you look at it, Sydney Harbour Bridge is spectacular.
When it was opened in 1932, after eight years of construction, it was the longest single span steel arch bridge in the world.
Today, there are eight lanes of traffic, two railway lines, a pedestrian pathway and a cycleway connecting the city of Sydney with the North Shore.
The closer you look, the more fascinating it becomes.
Six million hand driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel come together with artistic precision.
The Bridge Climb was on our bucket list for quite some time and we weren’t disappointed.
Dressed in regulation climbing gear, we had a safety briefing and practiced climbing narrow, steep ladders before the real thing. The climb started below the highway and after navigating catwalks with ease, we had to ascend four ladders that took us up through the traffic to the start of the upper arch.
The jelly knees soon settled and the rest of the 1,332 steps was quite leisurely. We weren’t allowed to take cameras or anything else that could drop to the roadway but we had a few photos taken by the leader.
Though a tad windy and overcast, it was pleasant for walking.
134 metres above the harbour, we lingered for a while to admire the breathtaking panorama.
Too soon, we returned to solid ground, vowing next time we will do a sunset climb. There is certainly something magical about that bridge.