The BridgeClimb offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to climb the outer arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Although expensive and out of many backpackers’ budgets the BridgeClimb is established as Sydney’s top attraction. The BridgeClimb bills itself as an adventure activity although it’s not in the same league as skydiving or bungee jumping. The experience lasts for 3½ hours and gives you a fantastic view of the city and an appreciation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Pricing varies depending on the time of day with most climbs costing $218–358, although some cheaper options are available. The best times (and most expensive) times are dawn and twilight and the cheapest time is around midday on weekdays (when you can sometimes do the climb for $148–158).
All climbers are fitted with a bridge suit and safety harness and given a safety briefing before heading out on to the bridge. Then small groups of around ten climb a series of ladders to the lower area of the top arch, from where they climb to the top of the bridge. There’s a photo session at the top, then you walk across a walkway to the other side where you descend back to street level. Bookings are essential and don’t go out on the town the night before as everyone is breathalysed before the climb.