SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE
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At the end of the Rocks, Harbor Bridge takes traffic from the City to North Sydney (North Shore) by the Bradfield Highway, Australia's shortest highway (2.4 km). Created by the French engineer Georges Imbault, a graduate of Arts and Crafts, this icon of Sydney was inaugurated in 1932. At that time, no stranger could get the direction of such work. Georges Imbault was assisted by the English engineer Ralph Freeman. The bridge cost the modest amount of $ 13.5 million, double the original budget. The refund ended only in 1988. It is also the largest bridge in the world with nearly 50 meters wide. To assemble these tons of concrete of 134 meters high, the bridge was built in two halves, one completed one month before the other in order to verify a good end-line.
For the anecdote, Paul Hogan, the main actor of Crocodile Dundee, worked as a painter on the same bridge. As a result of jokes, his colleagues encouraged him to take part in small scenes of the city. That was how he was caught and became the star of the Australian cult film.
To cross this bridge, in addition to the six railway tracks, there is a railway track, a bicycle corridor and a pedestrian sidewalk. Automated tolls exist for cars. If you wish and do not have the verge, access to the Pylon Lookout offers a remarkable panorama of Sydney and its bay, and beyond to the Blue Mountains. The path on the bridge before reaching the tower is quite long and the 200 steps well present but the view is splendid at 87 m above the bay. In sum, stop at the museum to have all the information about the construction, history and maintenance of this mythical bridge. No less than 80,000 liters of paint are required to paint the bridge in permanent maintenance. Why is her gray color? The only color available in such quantities at the time!
It should be noted that Bridge Climb stopped all activity in September 2018 after 20 years of activity.
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Free accesses and crossing of the bridge, on foot or in bicycle, 24/24. Access to Pylon Lookout every day, except for Christmas Day, from 10am to 5pm. Last entrance at 4.45pm. Adult AU$15, child (5-12 years) AU$8.50.