What is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb like?

So there are lots of stairs, it’s really high up, and it’s costly… before you hand over the big bucks how will you know if you are going to enjoy the Bridgeclimb?

Well, I have put together a list of the most common asked questions about this ultimate Sydney experience. Read on and see if it’s the right one for you.

Frequently asked questions about the Sydney Bridgeclimb.

Do they climb in all weather?
Yes the climbs go ahead rain or shine They are only cancelled when there are strong winds.

Do they really breath test your blood alcohol level?
Yep, they sure do, they even test younger climbers on occasion.

Can you take your iPhone or camera?
No, you cannot take anything at all with you.  They even provide you with a hanky!  This is not just to they can squeeze extra dollars from you for the photo op at the top.  The danger of dropping things onto the roadway below is the motivation for the total ban on BYO cameras.  If you are part of a larger group you can take a USB and buy all the photos from your climb for under $100

How far in advance should you book your Bridgeclimb?

If you want a sunrise or twilight climb, I would book as soon as you have your flights booked.

How many steps on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb?

This differs depending on which climb you book.  The express climb is 1002 steps compared to 1332 for the regular climb. Don’t let the fewer number of steps sway your decision if you are unfit.  The express climb is one hour less so at a faster pace with fewer stops (rests) along the way. As long as you have no mobility problems and basic fitness you should be able to climb the bridge.

Can children do the Bridgeclimb?
The minimum age for a climb is 10 years (and 1.2 metres tall).

What is the best time of day to climb?
This is different for everyone, but I think most people agree the twilight climbs are magic, you get to see the city in the afternoon sun and as the city lights up for the night.  Dawn climbs are also magical, but depending on the time of year you might need to be at Bridgeclimb office at 4am!

Are there any discounts for Bridgeclimb tickets?
Unfortunately, demand for climbs means that discount tickets are not generally available.  They have introduced different price points for different times of the day according to demand, kind of like airline tickets. If money is tight you can do an express climb for a lower ticket price.

How long does it take? 
Expect to be there for at least 3.5 hours on the regular climb.  You will spend 1 hour on the ground getting ready for your climb before you even begin.

When should I book?  
Bookings usually open about 3 months before – an exception to this is the Christmas/New Year period when bookings are able to be made much earlier.

Why is it so expensive? 
One of the main reasons I imagine is insurance compliance. Australia has high occupational health standards and safety and maintaining and detailing these can be time-consuming and costly.  At least you know that while you are with them, you will be safe!

I want to propose on a Bridgeclimb, can I take a ring?

You will need to tell the Bridgeclimb team and staff will arrange to give you the ring you when you get to the top.  It can all be done discreetly, with staff making sure you get a private moment if you want it so don’t let this put you off.

Check out this Lonely Planet video to see what it looks like on the way up.

I am scared of heights – will I be able to do it?

If you are scared of heights this review – Conquering Heights by Gadling writer Melanie Nayer might help you decide if you are up to it.

Hopefully, these answers will help you make the right decision for you.  If you have decided not to climb, keep an eye out for my upcoming article on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon.

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3 thoughts on “What is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb like?”

  1. I really want to go on the bridge climb but I’m scared I’m gonna fall or faint are the people who direct the bridge climb good like will they help if nessasary or if someone thinks they need help


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