3 Amazing Bridge Climbs around the World

Let’s climb that bridge when we get there.

The world is full of many beautiful and awe-inspiring bridges. And while you can easily cross many of these bridges by car or on foot, it’s a unique experience to be able to climb up to the top of these amazing structures. Did you know that there are only three bridges worldwide that you can actually climb just for fun? For urban adventurers looking for a unique experience, here are the notable bridge climbs you can add to your bucket list.

 

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge, which opened in 1932, is one of the most iconic landmarks of Sydney and is often used as a backdrop for visiting tourist’s photos. As the world’s largest steel arch bridge, it offers one of the world’s best known bridge climbs, taking climbers to the highest point of 134 meters or 440 ft.

Visitors can choose to spend 3.5 hours climbing up the top arch or do an express 2.5-hour climb along the inner arch, before ascending to the “bridge summit.” Those who are short on time (or cash) can get a good view at a midway point. While the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb looks pretty extreme, it’s surprisingly not as strenuous as it looks. In fact, it’s a pretty low-impact activity requiring no abseiling skills.

 

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Basically, visitors climb sets of catwalks and stairs on the bridge, wearing a special suit and safety harness. Everyone is attached to the bridge via a secure cable throughout. Visitors get a history lesson on the construction of the bridge and enjoy breathtaking views from the top. It’s a pretty cool experience being able to cross narrow passageways, seeing the traffic rushing beneath your feet and getting one of the world’s most breathtaking views of the harbor from the top of the bridge.

 

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Brisbane Story Bridge, Australia

If you’re headed the Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, you can climb the city’s iconic Story Bridge. The Heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spans the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It’s the longest cantilever bridge in Australia, reaching 74 meters or 243 ft high.

 

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Based on the Sydney Bridge Climb experience, the 2.5 hour Story Bridge Climb takes visitors to the top of the city’s landmark for views right across Brisbane, the surrounding hills and Moreton Bay. The adventure climb experience is available at dawn, daytime, dusk and nighttime. For a more extreme adventure, there’s an option to abseil from the bridge into the park below.

 

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Auckland Harbour Bridge New Zealand

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the Auckland Harbour Bridge offers a two-for-one experience with a Bridge Climb and Bungy Jump ideal for urban adventurers. The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an eight-lane motorway bridge over the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s the second-longest road bridge in New Zealand, and the longest in the North Island.

 

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Bungy operator AJ Hackkett has transformed this bridge into an extreme adventure playground with their guided Bridge Climbs offering 360 degree panoramic view of the city and harbor. They also operate a 40-meter Bungy Jump from the bridge for daredevils, allowing them to dip their head in the water below. The Bungy Pod is actually attached underneath the bridge! How cool is that?

 

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Which of these bridges have you tried climbing? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

About the Author

Kara Santos

Kara Santos

Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling off somewhere for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read about her real-life and virtual adventures on her blog Travel Up.