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Location: Between Dawes Point and Milsons Point
Other than the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is perhaps known as a famous Sydney landmark. It was built during the Great Depression during the 1920s and opened to the public in March 1932. The bridge cost the government around $20 million dollars by the time it was open. In order for the government to replace the expensive cost of building the bridge, it declared that all motorists using the bridge should pay a toll. It was not until the 1980s that the cost was paid off. Even today all motorists crossing the bridge must pay a toll so if you are thinking of crossing, be sure to have a $2 coin. Using either the bus or train will cost you nothing but most taxis will ask you to pay the toll.
Maintaining the bridge does not come cheap which would account for the toll you and the rest of Sydneysiders pay. You may be surprised to hear that it takes one whole year to pain the entire bridge just once. Included in the maintenance are the continuos job of bolt tightening and road fixure.
A great way to really appreciate the Sydney Harbour Bridge is to take a 30 minutes walk from Milson Point Station or from Cumberland Street near The Rocks. Wear a pair of comfortable shoes and as well as sun block and a hat. Although the weather may be warm and sunny, it does get a little breezy up there so bring along a light jacket just in case.
For the adventurer at heart, you can even climb the bridge. The BridgeClimb offers tours starting from the base of the bridge to the top back again. The tour last for around 3 hours and you will need to be physically fit for the climb. For more information email email@example.com.
TIP: The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout and Exhibition has a good collection of historical documents concerning the Harbour Bridge. Access the pylon via the bridge pedestrian walkway off the Cumberland Street near The Rocks and climb the 200 steps to the top of the south-east pylon. There is a nominal fee required to see the exhibition there but it will cost you less than $5 and is well worth the visit.
Call 9247-3408 for more information.
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