Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge
serves as a frame to possibly the most magnificent harbour
in the world, Sydney Harbour. Though not the world’s
longest, it is definitely the world’s widest long-span
bridge, according to the Guiness Book of Records.
Connecting Sydney’s central
business district and the northern part of the harbour, the
Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most
recognizable attractions. Its popularity is very much like
the Chrysler Building in New York.
Facts about the Sydney Harbour
The bridge at its highest
arch is 134 meters high.
The bridge is 1.15 km
The bridge is 49 meters
The bridge was built
between July 1923 and March 1932. Construction took
The bridge was inaugurated
on March 19, 1932.
Dr. JJC Bradfield (Father
of the bridge) did the preliminary design of the bridge
and final design and execution were done by his
consulting engineer Ralph Freeman.
The bride is made of
steel, concrete and granite.
The bridge’s steel arch
weighs 39,000 tons.
Sydneysiders call the
bridge the “Coathanger”.
The bridge has: 8 motor
vehicular lanes, a foot path, a cycling path, and 2
The bridge ranks fourth as
the longest single-span steel bridge in the world.
The bridge moves up and
down 18 cm with changes in temperature.
Paul Hogan, the Australian
comedian was a painter on the bridge before his rise to
Two ways to enjoy the Sydney
Facts behind the opening of
Sydney Harbour Bridge:
Sydneysiders were happy
with the opening of the bridge because the festive air
somehow gave everyone hope during Sydney’s depression
1,000,000 people lined up
to witness the celebration.
Passenger liners and
marching bands were part of the crowds.
The symbolic cutting of
the ribbon was not done by then NSW Premier Jack Lang
because a monarchist, Capt. Francis de Groot slashed the
ribbon with his sword. De Groot firmly believed that
only Royalty should preside over the ceremony.
To date, some 161,000 vehicles
go through Sydney Harbour Bridge everyday. At its opening in
1932, the daily vehicular crossing was only 11,000.
opening of the Harbour Tunnel helped alleviate traffic on