Australia

29 Nov 2010

by Marc Passion

SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, was opened on March 19th 1932, after six years of construction.

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Made of steel, the bridge contains 6 million hand driven rivets. The surface area that requires painting is equal to about the surface area of 60 sports fields. The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun. You will see them on either side of the bridge at the footings of the Pylons.

More information can be found at Sydney Harbour Bridge Info

Other enjoyable outings can include the Bridge Climb, although it can hurt the pocket of you backpackers, I still recommend do it. I have climbed twice bfore, once in the morning with the sunrise and another with the sunset. Both times were incredibly rewarding. Price $198.00

A cheaper option is to do the Pylon Lookout, with 3 levels of exhibits, you’ll discover the history and construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Price $9.50 per adult.

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