The Sydney Bridgeclimb

"One of the MUST DO attractions in Sydney"

No trip to Sydney is complete without taking part in the Harbour bridgeclimb. Over the Christmas period the BridgeClimb is offering gift certificates. This seems like a great idea for that unusual present. An experience that they will never forget.

Sydneys harbour is pretty spectacular at the best of times but seeing it from an elevated position from the top of the Harbour bridge, is quite simply breathtaking.

But you get more than that - you get 360 degree views of Sydney in its entirety. From its suburbs to its waters and even the Blue Mountains on a blue sky day.

About The Bridge

A symbol of Sydney and even Australia, the Harbour bridge is an institution. In my opinion, it's a masterpiece. You only have to see the New Year's Eve fireworks from the bridge to know why.

Opened in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the largest steel-arch bridge in the world. It links the northern Sydney suburbs with the city (or Central Business District.)

About The Climb

The climb itself needs a certain level of fitness and you need to be OK with heights! So the bridgeclimb is not for everyone. You need to be able to walk without a stick and its not the type of thing to do if you are pregnant. That said, children from 10 years old can take part in the bridgeclimb so its not that bad. The total distance is less than 2km and the whole experience from safety demonstrations to finishing the climb takes about 3.5 hours

The tricky bit is the first bit where you have to climb up ladders before you reach the fairly wide walkways. There are now two climbs that you can do. The original (and still the best) is the bridgeclimb. This takes you to the summit and then back down again and you get to see the lovely views.

The newer "Discovery" climb is for those who want to get to know the bridge a bit more (and see spectacular views.) It takes you inside the workings of the bridge and gives you a behind the scenes tour of the Harbour bridge.

They have also recently launched an "Express" Climb which still goes to the summit but in smaller groups - the whole trip takes just 2 hours 15 mins. Good if you are in a rush.

Safety First

As you can imagine, those in charge of the climb take safety very seriously. Firstly, you are all linked together with a harness so there is no chance you could fall off! Secondly, you have to wear an ear piece so that you can hear the commentary and any instructions from your guide. They even make you wear a special suit.

Thirdly, there's a no alcohol policy with everyone having a breath test before taking part. Other things you should know is that you can't take anything up with you on the climb including your camera. Dropping something from that height could do someone some serious damage. It is a shame though given the views are so good from up there.

How to book/Get hold of Gift Certificates

Booking is easy through the official website. The only thing you need to consider is what time to do the climb. There are generally 4 time slots with dawn and twilight being the most popular and most stunning. The dawn one is only available the first Saturday of each month. If you want to do either of these times, book well in advance (months) and expect to pay more, particularly for the dawn bridgeclimb experience.

The other two times are during the day and then at night. The day time slot can be very hot if you intend to be here in the peak of summer " this is the one that is usually left. The night one is good too as you get to see the city lights but its perhaps not quite as impressive as the other times.

If you can be flexible on time slots then I'd wait to book the bridgeclimb when you get here - you need at least a weeks notice though to book. Once you are here, you can check out the weather forecast for the week and pick a day when it looks like the weather will be clear skies (but preferably not too hot!) The best days or the ones when there isn't a cloud in the sky and we do get a lot of those.

The price for the bridgeclimb is a little on the steep side. You can expect to pay around $250 for the experience. You'll get a group photo thrown in for that too. It's worth it though.

The Gift Certificates look like a great idea. There's a range of packages available which include photos of the climb. This would make a really memorable gift. Prices are between $200 and $300 (cheaper for kids) and look really swish when they arrive - your recipient will be well impressed!

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