About: The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a wonderful feat of architecture and engineering, that connects the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. This bridge carries traffic for motor vehicles, rail, bicycle & motorbikes, and pedestrian. The panoramic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the Sydney Opera House nearby leaves visitors captivated. The bridge is also popularly nicknamed “The Coathanger” due of its shape, which is arch-based design.
The bridge was designed and constructed by a British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd of Middlesbrough and started in 1932 under the supervision by Dr John Bradfield of the NSW Department of Public Works. The design of Sydney Harbour Bridge was influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City.
Construction: The bridge construction period was six years, and finally opened on 19th March, 1932 by Premier Jack Lang. It is built of steel and contains six million hand driven rivets. The surface area, where painting has been done, is as big as the surface area of sixty sports fields. The bridge consists of huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused during hot days by the sun.
Popularity: Sydney Harbour Bridge is known for being the world’s largest (the longest is New River Gorge in the USA) steel arch bridge, and is a legendary landmark of Australia. The total length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge including approach spans is 1149 m with its arch span having a length of 503 m. The top of the arch is 134 m above sea level and the clearance for ships / boats under the deck is around 49 m. The weight of total steel – work used is 52,800 tonnes, which includes 39,000 tonnes in the arch. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has 49 m wide deck, which makes this bridge the widest Longspan Bridge in the world.
Attraction and Tourism: The most popular attraction among many is Bridge-Climb Sydney, which has been in operation since 1998. If you want climb to the top, It is recommended to know about the fascinating history of the bridge and its importance in the city. A flight or helicopter tour would show amazing aerial views of the harbor and the bridge. For the view the bridge from harbor, one can catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, Taronga Zoo or Mosman. If one takes ferry from Luna Park or McMahons Point, the ferry will be taken directly beneath the bridge. One of the other options is to go by a kayak or join a kayak guided tour.
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