October each year Sydneysiders have the privilege of walking across the 7 bridges of Sydney Harbour. Now being a Queenslander I really didn’t know much about this walk and stumbled across an article in ‘Great Walks – Australia’s Bushwalking Magazine’ a great read I might add. This article inspired me along with my sister and close friend to walk the 7 bridges of Sydney Harbour.
We stayed right in town so we could enjoy the whole Sydney experience, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Our accommodation arranged it was now down to planning where to start our 7 bridge walk.
Just to clarify we weren’t going to do the 26 kilometre grueling harbour loop in one day, this was all about enjoying the walk, taking in beautiful Sydney Harbour without the crowds. An adventure of sorts…
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
We arranged to meet in Darling Harbour with accommodation procured in Pyrmont Street, which was convenient to transport, restaurants and entertainment. A unanimous decision was made after a latte to walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge first. The weather was beautiful so why not start with the famous coat hanger; after all we weren’t on any schedule.
Signage wasn’t clear, so pay attention..
We headed down George Street and to the Rocks, I know there is an access point to the Harbour Bridge here. We had a vague idea were it was “look for Cumberland Street” I said, and suddenly the sign was right in front of us. We all climbed the stairs and could feel the looming pull of the Sydney Harbour Bridge above. The signage to the access point wasn’t easy to follow but we just kept heading towards the bridge.
Before long we were all climbing the stairs to that world famous icon that is in our backyard. There were a few tourist on the bridge taking copious amounts of photos, like ourselves it was so nice to feel like a tourist in your our country. There is a sort of freedom attached to it; you know the people and the customs.
The views spectacular
The vista was fantastic, beautiful Sydney Harbour in all its glory, the Opera House with its gleaming wings ready to set sail, Circular Quay and its famous Manly ferry run, all stretched out for us to point too and plan for another day.
They had a vision
The sheer magnitude of the bridge from the walkway is impressive, to think it has been standing for over 83 years is hard to comprehend, the structure appears to be new. The foresight of the future use of this engineering master piece would have taken remarkable vision… a feat for a small backwater country named Australia in the 1920’s. The approaches of the bridge itself are extensive and sweeping something you wouldn’t have envisioned in that decade.
We had decided that we would take the walkway on the opposite side of the bridge and enjoyed the view from the other side. The trains speeding past would be noisy but it was all about the view, what’s a bit of noise and pollution. However when we walk through the underpass Jeffreys Street….. There was no access on foot across the Harbour Bridge’s western side, only by push bike. That was a little disappointing but no biggie in the scheme of things. So we headed back across the bridge.
The Great Walks magazine recommends the Glenmore Hotel for lunch and we were hungry and ready for a nice chardonnay in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge walk with Sydney Opera House in the foreground. The three of us enjoyed a fabulous rooftop view on a lazy Friday afternoon accompanied by those unfortunate souls who had to go back to work for the afternoon.