Mr. EOS decided his Bucket List wouldn’t be complete without the bridge climb and I tagged along as the Captain of the Cheerleaders, Official Photographer, Wallet and Watch Keeper, and of course, Finish Line Hugger.
The experience was magnificent, not nearly as strenuous as you might expect. That said, it gets you twice the height of the Opera House and half as tall as the Sydney Tower. The top of the each arch is actually a solid piece of steel about ten feet wide and you walk on steps inside a narrow catwalk centered on the span. If you look straight down, all you see is your feet, making it easier to obscure the height, if you are so inclined. It was necessary to scale or descend a set of four very steep ladders.
Plenty of time for resting, good commentary about the things you can see by the guide, and it was a beautiful warm day – what more could you ask for.
One of the real highlights, as simple as it may sound, was watching a sailboat pass by the Opera House where you see the billowing sail replicated in the Opera House roof.
Mr. EOS’s group was composed of eight related Brits here for a wedding, including the bride and groom. A couple on a delayed honeymoon. A gent from Zimbabwe working in Perth but on holiday in Sydney. And of course, one Intrepid American Tourist!!
Not a TOTAL wimp, I did opt for the Pylon Pass that got me up 200 steps into a Pylon at the near-end of the bridge where I got some great photos. None of Mr. EOS’s group, but a good one as one group came out on to the bridge for the first view. Check out the “oooooohh” look on some of the faces.