SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks and is the tallest and widest steel bridge in the world. The bridge took almost 9 years to build with constructions first starting in 1923 and finishing in 1932. Today, there are 7 vehicle lanes, a 24 hour bus lane, two train lines, a footpath and cycling path with an estimated 160,000 vehicles and 200 trains crossing the bridge every day.
The proposal for the bridge was first submitted in 1912 by John Bradfield with an idea to connect the city centre with the northern suburbs of Sydney. However, construction didn’t begin until 1923 as they needed to save economic resources during World War 1. During the time of construction over 2000 people including engineers, boilermakers and iron workers were employed to work. The construction of the bridge started from either side and eventually joined in the centre. When the Sydney Harbour Bridge was finally set to open, it was the biggest public event in the city’s history as John Bradfield had announced it as a public holiday, with hundreds and thousands of people flocking the bridge.
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As The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney’s most important infrastructure, it requires regular maintenance that costs up to $5 Million a year. This includes painting the bridge to prevent erosion which requires 80,000 litres of paint every year. An interesting fact is that the bridge is so long that by the time they have finished painting the bridge, they have to start all over again! With advances in technology, drones that are waterproof and have HD cameras are used to inspect the bridge and it’s even able to get into the hard to reach areas to identify where maintenance is required.
There is an exclusive dining spot located on the Harbour Bridge’s South Pylon. Located 87 metres above sea level, Luke’s Table at the Pylon Lookout offers a unique experience with breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour and a lavish culinary experience. It’s run by leading Australian chef Luke Mangan, serving up a three course menu with the finest and freshest Australian ingredients.
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There is a free pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, however the scenic view may be blocked by tall mesh wire guards that are there for safety reasons. For an unrestricted view of the beautiful Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Bridge Climb is the perfect activity. READ MORE ABOUT SYDNEY BRIDGE CLIMB