A popular experience for tourists visiting Sydney, Australia is to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The company doing this is called BridgeClimb Sydney and prices start at AU$268, which is US$180 or €165 for a 2.5 hour experience.

People on a budget will find these prices quite expensive, however you do walk right to the top of the arch for magnificent views. There is another way to do this which is far cheaper for those trying to limit their spending.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

At each end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are decorative pylons and you can go inside and to the top of one of them. The Pylon Lookout is inexpensive at just AU$19.00 for adults and the views are almost as good.

You access the pylon from the footpath that runs across the bridge. Inside, you climb stairs and along the way are various historical displays about the story of the bridge.

At the top is a viewing area which runs right around the outside. You get excellent views of the Sydney Opera House and the central business district among others.

Unlike the bridge climb itself, where people may worry about the height, the pylon is not only a cheaper option, but will cater for those wanting to feel a little safer.

Overall Thoughts

The Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge is definitely the least expensive way to climb the bridge. After you’ve been up the top, you stop in a cinema along the way down to see a short video about building the bridge, which is very interesting.

Since you’re already on the bridge at traffic level when you arrive and depart, walking across the bridge to the other side takes less than 20 minutes. It is also worth doing to say you’ve walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Have you ever visited the Pylon Lookout or indeed done the more expensive Bridge Climb? What was it like? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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