The Sydney Harbour Bridge

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design. Furthermore, the bridge is ubiquitously known to Sydneysiders and Australians more widely, simply as "the Bridge". Under the directions of Queenslander Dr J.J.C. Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works, the bridge was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and opened in 1932.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The southern (CBD) end of the bridge is located at Millers Point in The Rocks area, and the northern end at Milsons Point in the lower North Shore area. There are six original lanes of road traffic through the main roadway, plus an additional two lanes of road traffic on its eastern side, using lanes that were formally tram tracks). Adjacent to the road traffic, a path for pedestrian use runs along the eastern side of the bridge, whilst a dedicated path for bicycle use only runs along the western side.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The arch has a span of 504 m (1,654 ft) and its summit is 134 m (440 ft) above mean sea level; however, expansion of the steel structure on hot days can increase the height of the arch by as much as 18 cm (7.1 in). Large steel pins (or bearings) support each end of the arch, allowing it to rotate to accommodate expansion and contraction caused by changes of temperature, and avoiding stresses that would otherwise cause damage.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge for the ultimate Sydney experience! On a 3.5-hour guided Sydney BridgeClimb, your professional leader will take you along the outer arches of the bridge on catwalks and ladders up to the 440-foot (134-meter) summit, where you'll admire amazing 360-degree views of the city, the Sydney Opera House and the majestic Blue Mountains.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

This 3.5-hour Sydney BridgeClimb is the ultimate way to experience the beauty of Sydney! Upon check-in at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitors Centre, you will receive a comprehensive safety briefing and demonstration, and will be suited in a BridgeSuit, a specially designed coverall worn over your clothing.

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