The free Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk | Everything you need to know

The free Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk | Everything you need to know

Did you know that you can walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge for free? Most people don’t think that it is possible, but you can! Sydney’s most famous bridge has a pedestrian walkway on allowing visitors to safely walk across the bridge.

On the bridge you will encounter some of Sydney’s most incredible harbour views, several viewpoints (Paid and free) and some of the best Opera House views there are!

In this post, I will show you how to walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge, what those views are like and everything else you want and need to know about walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

SOME BASIC INFORMATION | How to walk across Sydney harbour bridge

Underneath you can find some important and general information about the walk. Just to get you prepared.

Sydney harbour bridge opening hours

You can always walk across the bridge.

How long is the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk?

From Bridge Stairs in The Rocks, all the way across the Harbour Bridge to Milsons Point is about a 20-minute walk, one way. This is however if you have done this walk a million times and you are not stopping to take any photos.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk Cost

Completely free! When you want to climb the bridge, you, of course, have to pay! But if you are on a budget, then don’t be silly, just walk over the bridge, for pretty much the same views without having to pull your wallet.

If you are interested in doing the bridge climb, then the prices can be found underneath. (March 2020)

Name What Adult Child
Summit Climb 1390 stairs and stand 134m in the air in 3.5 hours, with a 360-degree view of Sydney’s harbour. $ 268-403 $ 188 – $ 293
Summit Express Climb 1000 stairs and stand 134m in the air in 2.5 hours, with a 360-degree view of Sydney’s harbour. $ 268-403 $ 188 – $ 293
Sampler Reach the quarter point of the Bridge in 1.5 hours and capture stunning views of Sydney’s harbour. $ 174 $ 148
The vivid Climb Watch Sydney’s world-famous light show from 134m in the air. It’s Vivid from a completely unique angle $ 268 $ 188
Mandarin Summit Climb 1390 stairs and stand 134m above sea level in 3.5 hours, with a specialist Mandarin-speaking guide. $ 308 $ 208
Mandarin Summit Express Climb 1002 stairs and stand 134m above sea level in 2.5 hours, with a specialist Mandarin speaking guide $ 308 $ 208
The Japanese Climb Climb 1390 stairs and stand 134m in the air in 2.5 hours, with a specialist Japanese speaking guide. $ 308 – $ 333 $ 208 – $ 333
Special events We have so many special occasions climbs and climbs with food. There’s something to fit everyone. $ 268 – $ 403 $ 188 – 293

Before you had over the bridge | Milsons point 

Before you head over the bridge, make sure to wander around Milsons Point. Milsons point is an affluent suburb located on the Northern side of the bridge. Home to Luna Park and some of the best city views in town this suburb is an easy stop to make. You can either check it out when you have walked over the bridge or just take the train from to Milsons Point station and wander down towards the harbour.

Milsons point offers incredible Opera House views, Bridge views and of course city views. Do make sure to wander around Luna Park as well, as it is free to entre. It is fun just to amuse yourself in the childhood spirit.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk  | MY ROUTE 

The pedestrian footway is only located on the eastern side of the bridge, and to the right of you is the constant flow of traffic and trains which occupy the western side. Access to the bridge near Milsons Point Station. I live on this side of the bridge, so when I do the walk, I like to walk towards the city. Not only it that easier for me, this way you are walking towards Circular Quay, so the views just get better and better along the way. Additionally, you are walking towards the Opera House, so you are not turning your back on Sydney’s most iconic building.

The walk across the bridge should take from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how many times you stop to admire the harbour and take photos.

PYLON LOOKOUT 

Make sure to also stop at the Pylon Lookout for even a higher vantage point. This point is not free, but is only $15,- for some 360-degree city views, it took me 7 years to visit it, and I regret not doing it sooner.

The Pylon Lookout is an 87m-tall bridge bearing with a 200-stair climb through historical exhibits to 360-degree city views.  The museum shows you lots of cool pictures of the construction of the bridge as well as quite a few interesting facts on how and what it took to build this very impressive bridge.

You enter the Pylon on top of the bridge and walk up a couple of flights of stairs before you come to their ticket office. There were quite a few people confused about where to enter, but luckily I had Kim with me, who went before, so she knew where to go.  You go up a couple of more flights and you reach a small souvenir shop and toilet area. This was perfect cause you can pretend to be interested in some souvenirs, whilst you catch your breath. It is then only a couple of more flights to the museum and the 360-degree views. All in all, I didn’t find the stairs to straining, and there where lots of benches, so just take your time if you have too.

The pylon lookout is in my opinion one the best viewpoints in Sydney!

Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk  

Underneath just a couple of pics taken during the walk.

When you get off the bridge, you will end up in The Rocks.

The rocks in Sydney is the city’s oldest suburb, dating all the way back to 1788. It is home to many historic laneways, amazing restaurants, and weekend markets, all in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the oldest pub to ghost tours, you can see and explore it all in this unique part of Sydney.

Make sure to wander the streets of this neighborhood and soak up some history.  Since it is located next to circular Quay, make sure to check out the Sydney Opera house while you are there!

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Pretty much the second you walk into Circular Quay (The main ferry terminal in the city) you will be able to see this beauty. Walk to the right to get closer or walk to the left to take a picture from the other side of the harbor. Unfortunately, cruise ships often dock on that side, blocking the view. This is what happened when I was there, so I immediately walked up to the building.

The Sydney Opera House is probably one of the most iconic buildings in the world! Who has not seen the iconic images of the unique building at Sydney’s harbor?

If you have never seen this building up close, then you probably have never realized how crazy it looks! I for example always thought it was 1 large building, but there are instead 4 separate buildings! The mind is blown, right?

Walking over the bridge during sunrise or sunset is bloody spectacular, so make sure to get up early or stay up late one night to wander over the bridge. I have shot many photos of the bridge walk during sunset, here you can find a couple of amazing shots.

And if you are in Sydney during winter and the Vivid Festival is on, you definitely need to do this walk after sunset! You will get some incredible photo opportunities during this event!

Vivid Sydney

Walking over the Sydney harbour bridge is a must-do when in Sydney. It’s free and offers some incredible views. You’d be silly not to do it.

Whilst you are there, don’t forget about the Sydney Pylon Lookout, it is definalty worth paying to get in. The views are simply amazing. If you are heading to Sydney for the first tim, then check out my extensive 1 day, 2 days or even 6-day itinerary to have lots of information about the city, and even more things to do.

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16 Comments

  1. March 4, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    What a fun way to spend the afternoon in Sydney! Your pictures are fabulous.

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 4, 2020 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you! And it is definitely such a nice walk to do, with some stunning views xx

  2. March 4, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    Looks stunning!

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 4:11 pm

      Thank you Ash 🙂

  3. March 5, 2020 / 2:13 am

    Beautiful! I have always wanted to see Australia 🙂 I just love all the pictures you’ve shared here, I’m sure it doesn’t do it justice but the sights look incredible!!

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 4:12 pm

      I hope you get to go to Australia one day! It is an incredible country 🙂 xx Manon

  4. March 5, 2020 / 9:31 pm

    Wow your pictures are stunning! I can’t believe it’s hundreds of dollars just to climb a bridge! That’s absurd to me lol 😂 I’m glad you let us know you can walk it for free. Thank you for all the information!

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 10:05 am

      Thank you Felicia 🙂 I agree it is a ridiculous amount, especially if you can get (almost) the same views for free. climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a bucket list item for many, so I guess people are willing to pay it. But I am glad for the less fortunate, there is a free alternative. xx Manon

  5. March 5, 2020 / 11:43 pm

    These are some amazing photos! I want to visit Australia soon if I can get over the long flight time. Haha! Thank you 🙂

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 10:09 am

      Thank you! Australia is INCREDIBLE. Definitely worth the long flight ^^ xx Manon

  6. Mary Lee
    March 6, 2020 / 5:55 am

    I love your photographs! They’re beautiful I’ve always wanted to go to Sydney! I hope to go some day. Thank you for including the chart for the different pricings! It’s very helpful xx

    Mari x

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 10:10 am

      Thank you so much Mary Lee! I am glad you found my post helpful. I always try to add as much information as possible 🙂 I hope you make it to Sydney one day xx Manon

  7. March 6, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Wow!!! I love the idea of actually walking this bridge. I don’t think I would ever pay for any of the stairs and viewing options, just walking it is already super cool! Thanks for sharing this new bucket list item 😀

    Karen from
    Our Carpe Diem | https://OurCarpeDiem.com

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 10:20 am

      I didn’t go onto the paid platform for years. It is not needed if you can’t/don’t want to spend money. The views on the pedestrian walkway are just as incredible. If you want a tad different/higher view then the Pylon Lookout is a great and cheap alternative. xx Manon

    • bonditobasic
      Author
      March 10, 2020 / 10:08 am

      Thank you Natasha 🙂 xx

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