Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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From the top of the southeast pylon on Sydney Harbour Bridge--87 m (285 ft) above sea level--you have panoramic views of Sydney, the Opera House, and the bridge itself. As you climb the 200 stairs, learn about the bridge’s construction and the workers who built it from informational plaques, exhibitions, and old footage spread over several levels inside the pylon. Interestingly, while providing some support, Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, with its granite façade, is mostly decorative. Take a look at our Sydney online trip maker to schedule your visit to Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Interesting to get the history of the building of the bridge. And nice to get the view from the Pylons. Would recommend first thing when it opens so that there are fewer people on the pylon. 
    Interesting to get the history of the building of the bridge. And nice to get the view from the Pylons. Would recommend first thing when it opens so that there are fewer people on the pylon.  more »
  • The Harbour Bridge Climb is of course world-famous, featuring in every tourist guide book, but climbing the Pylon doesn't seem to be very well known at all. It is a much under-rated tourist sight... 
    The Harbour Bridge Climb is of course world-famous, featuring in every tourist guide book, but climbing the Pylon doesn't seem to be very well known at all. It is a much under-rated tourist sight...  more »
  • Have a breathtaking view of Sydney and its surrounds when you perch yourself from the South Pylon of the Bridge. Pick a good day to do this! 
    Have a breathtaking view of Sydney and its surrounds when you perch yourself from the South Pylon of the Bridge. Pick a good day to do this!  more »
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  • Best kept secret in Sydney. Highly recommend this. Such an affordable way to get a great view of Sydney Harbour and get some great photos. Also a lovely little museum and short film within the Pylon. Suitable for people on a budget and can't afford the Bridge Climb or for those too scared to do the Bridge Climb. Plan to do this once a year with my son in the school holidays from now on. Great day out. Followed by lunch at The Rocks.
  • They view from the top was amazing. The museum has great information on both the Harbour Bridge and the Pylon. The people there were pretty good, and the pricing was alright. I recommend greatly.
  • This was a wonderful experience if you dont want to do the bridge climb or spend the money. The history is incredible and personal anecdotes of the workers and detail mind blowing. More audio files of personal interviews and newsreel of the building would have been welcome.
  • Fantastic thing to do, great views and really good value for money. Don’t be put off by the steps either, two lots of rooms mid way to get you breath back if your not the fittest, it’s also not too scary vertigo wise. Really recommend it!
  • This is a great experience if you don't feel brave or fit enough for the bridge climb. Only problem was finding the entrance! It looked like it was at the foot of the stonework, down at ground level but it's actually on the bridge. Taxi drivers don't know it either. Start at the glass lift (elevator) opposite Glenmore Hotel, about 150 metres from the entrance for the bridge climb. Go up to the bridge then start walking over the bridge. Entrance and exit is on the southeast stone tower. Go up about 4 flights of stairs to find the ticket desk then another 130 or so steps to the top. If you can't manage that you still get a great view from the bridge level. They could do with a better selection of souvenirs, the best ones were for the bridge climb. Also check opening times, they seem to close for lunch.

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