A well-kept Sydney attraction is the Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout. It’s hard to imagine a Sydney of two halves, which is what it was until 1932 when the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened. And it is hard to imagine Sydney Harbour without the iconic 'coathanger' taking centre stage.
Arguably Sydney’s Number One attraction is Bridgeclimb – it’s not cheap (starting at $198) but it is a rewarding achievement, experience and lifelong memory. And if you complete Bridgeclimb you are given a free pass to visit the Pylon Lookout.
The Pylon Lookout could be considered the ‘poor man’s Bridgeclimb’ – you still get a terrific view of the harbour and city as well as the history of the bridge – without a free pass it costs $13 for adults, $6.50 for children aged 5 to 12 and $8.50 seniors and students.
There are 200 stairs to the lookout which is 87 metres above mean sea level. On the way up there are three levels of exhibits that give the history of the bridge. It is open every day, apart from Christmas Day, from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The pylons are actually more ornamental that a critical part of the bridge structure. It took 250 Australian, Scottish and Irish stonemasons to prepare the granite for them
The museum/lookout is in the South East Pylon. Access is via the pedestrian pathway on the Eastern side of the Bridge from the city side (use the 'Bridge Stairs' in Cumberland Street, The Rocks, opposite the charming Australian Hotel). Or if you are coming from the North side use the steps near Milsons Point Railway Station.
A walk across the bridge is also highly recommended – allow around 20 minutes. And the Australian Hotel has a lot of atmosphere for a drink, snack or lunch – perhaps try the Coat of Arms pizza – half Emu and half pepper Kangaroo with red onion, bush tomato, capsicum and cranberries accompanied by a Little Creatures Pale Ale.
And if you would like accommodation just north of the Bridge, or something wonderful from Mundo Latin Grill & Tapas Bar, Rydges North Sydney will make you welcome.