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 Bridge:

  • The bridge at its highest arch is 134 meters high.

  • The bridge is 1.15 km long.

  • The bridge is 49 meters wide.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - The World’s Widest Long-Span Bridge

     

  • The bridge was built between July 1923 and March 1932. Construction took eight years.
  • 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 train railways.

  • 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 fame.

Two ways to enjoy the Sydney Harbour Bridge:

  • The Bridge Climb - Reach the top of the bridge’s archway via:

      • Catwalks

      • Ladders

  • The Discovery Climb – Reach the top through the suspension arch of the bridge.

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
    period.

  • 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.

The opening of the Harbour Tunnel helped alleviate traffic on the bridge.