Along with running with the bulls in Spain and rock climbing in Yosemite Valley in the USA, the Sydney bridge climb is rated in the Lonely Planet’s top ten biggest adrenaline rush experiences!
When BridgeClimb Sydney asked me to experience climbing to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, I didn’t hesitate for a second. If Oprah, Keith Urban, Matt Damon, the cast of Glee and countless other celebrities can do it, so can I.
I am a little bleary-eyed this morning after my twilight BridgeClimb last night which started just after 7pm and finished at 11pm. It was absolutely exhilarating climbing the Harbour Bridge at sunset and watching one of the P&O Princess ships leaving Sydney Harbour as the sun went down and the city lights came to life.
I haven’t done anything this adventurous since skydiving a few years back when in California (not sure my parents knew about that, but now they do!). Here’s a picture of me in the sexy grey jumpsuit that has to be worn with the BridgeClimb. I even decided to pair it with my grey Converse to make the outfit complete, but it still isn’t all that attractive (I’m on the far left).
Chris, our leader, made the experience a memorable occasion with interesting facts and figures about the history, Sydney Harbour details and general points of interest. I was fascinated with all the information about how the business began twelve years ago.
The driving force behind BridgeClimb is businessman Paul Cave. After successfully organising a group climb as part of the Young Presidents’ Organisation World Congress in 1989, Paul decided that the climb was one of the most incredible things to do in Sydney, and more people deserved to experience it. He took on the huge challenge of bringing BridgeClimb to the public. Nine years later, on 1 October 1998, BridgeClimb launched the first public climbs to the world.
BridgeClimb has options that allow you to climb the bridge at dawn, day, twilight or night. I chose the twilight option and being up there during sunset was one of the most spectacular experiences ever.
You have the option to choose The Express Climb, The Discovery Climb or The Bridge Climb.
The Express Climb is the fastest way to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This option allows you to discover the wonders of the Bridge in just two hours and fifteen minutes.
The Discovery Climb takes you right into the heart of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a three-and-a-half hour adventure that journeys to the very top along the inner arch of the bridge. You wind above the harbour on catwalks, scale the steel heart of this structural masterpiece and emerge to the summit via a mammoth staircase between the bridge’s two arches.
The Bridge Climb is another three-and-a-half hour guided journey to the top of the iconic bridge but this time traversing the outer arch via catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, more than one hundred and thirty heart-stopping metres above Sydney Harbour.
Pricing starts at $138 for children (ten to fifteen years) and $198 for adults.
Whether you live locally or or the other side of the world, I can whole-heartedly recommend doing a BridgeClimb as it’s something you’ll remember forever. What a unique last minute Christmas gift for the active parent if you are still searching for the perfect gift.
Thank you BridgeClimb for giving me the opportunity to experience this adventure, I loved every minute of it.