The Sydney Harbour Bridge took nine years to build and was opened in 1932. It is 502 metres long, 48.8 metres wide and weighs 52,800 tonnes. The top is 134 metres above sea level. It carries both road and rail traffic and there is a footway for pedestrians. Painting the bridge is a task never really completed. It takes the painters seven years to paint the whole bridge, and by the time they've finished it is time to start again. Most famous of the former painters is Paul Hogan, who became a popular Australian TV and movie comedian, most known for portraying Crocodile Dundee.
One of Sydney's best attractions is Bridge Climb, which is a three-hour climb right up to the bridge's top. From the ferry beneath you can often make out the ant like figures of the climbers approaching the summit. The operator of these climbs had to spend many years convincing the authorities to allow him to start these tours. He managed to convince them that the tours would be safe and would appeal. He was right. The charge of the Bridge Climb varies according to the time of day and day of the week.
To reach Bridge Climb, or to walk across the bridge from the city side, you need to go up the Argyle Street steps to Cumberland Street. The Pylon Lookout is accessible via the Bridge Stairs off Cumberland Street. Address: Sydney, NSW, 2000.