Harbour Bridge, Sydney  

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Perhaps not the obvious place to take a picture of the iconic Australian landmark from, but seeing it from here gives you a stronger sense of the bridge’s place in the working harbour than the usual chocolate-box images do. It also makes a more interesting photo for our spot-the-difference game. Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932, the design being based on the Hell Gate Bridge in New York. The fact that it is still the tallest steel arch bridge in the world may explain the popularity of Bridge Climb excursions, which are pretty much booked up every day. Don’t worry about the weather or your safety – in the long preparation before you set off, the Bridge Climb team equips you with the appropriate clothing and all the safety equipment you need, apart from your own comfortable shoes. You check in at the Climb Base 15 minutes before your booked departure time; if you can, arrive even earlier, because the visitor centre offers information and films about the history and construction of the bridge. One thing they will test you for after the check-in is that you haven’t been drinking – if you have they won’t let you up, so don’t bother with the ‘Dutch courage’. You must be 8 years or older, reasonably fit and healthy, and able to climb on your own. Pregnant women need a letter from their doctor. If you have booked to go right to the top, your Team Leader will take you to the summit, 134 metres above the water, from where you will have a unique view of Sydney. Team photos and a certificate are available; you can’t take your own camera or phone for safety reasons – you might drop it.