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Sydney Harbour Bridge

A colossus of engineering, the Harbour Bridge brings the pieces of Sydney together, and offers you a different perspective on the city's wide-angle drama.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge without the Opera House. The two go together like koalas and cute. But the long lines of Sydney's 'coat-hanger' deserve more than just a passing glance. This feat of Oz engineering stands with a majestic yet 'gallant restraint' – a counter-weight to the showy cultural aspirations of the Opera House. This is a bridge that reaches across a mile of sea, held together by six million rivets, and which turned Sydney's separate halves into a true Harbour City.

The chances are that, if you come to Sydney, you'll end up crossing the bridge at some point. It carries all manner of traffic – from cars and trains to walkers and cyclists – and is the main route to reach North Sydney's attractions, like Tarango Zoo or Manly Beach. But whisking across it on your way elsewhere isn't the same as paying it all-due respect. And as a visitor, the Harbour Bridge will welcome you with open arms.

There are two separate organised tours of this, Sydney's second icon. The strenuous 1,000-step ascent up the long supporting steel arc of the bridge, and the less vertigo-inducing 200-step jaunt up to the Pylon Lookout. Take your pulse, and then take your pick. Whichever tour you take, though, you're sure to be assailed by an impressive array of stats and numbers.

52,000 tonnes of steel were used to make it. 15,000 cans of quick-drying paint are needed to paint it. It is one of the world's broadest bridges, at 160 feet wide. It is the 5th longest span-arch bridge, at just under 1.8 kilometres. And it has the tallest steel arch of any bridge in the world, towering 134 metres above water-level at its centre. In short, it is a colossus. The idea for a bridge linking the north and south shores of Sydney Harbour had been floated since the city took shape. But the bridge was only finally completed in 1932. Now it's a 365-day a year workhorse for the city.

Except for one. For a few minutes, Sydney Harbour Bridge is the star of the show, hosting thousands of fireworks for the city's spectacular greeting-in of the New Year. That is the one time when all the world's eyes are on this mammoth coat-hanger, for a global 'oooh'.


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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney NZ$268
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George St., Sydney, NSW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 3-minute walk and Wynyard Station is 7 minutes.

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney NZ$299
    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

    176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and Sydney Observatory are also within 10 minutes. Wynyard Station is 6 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes.

      Rydges Sydney Harbour NZ$144
      Rydges Sydney Harbour

      Rydges Sydney Harbour

      55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 12 minutes.

        Park Hyatt Sydney NZ$690
        Park Hyatt Sydney

        Park Hyatt Sydney

        7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, NSW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located on the boardwalk, steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Australia Square are also within 15 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 9 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 14 minutes.

          Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection NZ$245
          Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection

          Pier One Sydney Harbour, Marriott Autograph Collection

          11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Dawes Point, NSW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Overseas Passenger Terminal and The Rocks Markets are also within 10 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is 12 minutes by foot and Wynyard Station is 16 minutes.

            Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney NZ$241
            Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

            Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

            27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, NSW
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Circular Quay. The Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens are also within 15 minutes. Wynyard Station is 5 minutes by foot and Martin Place Station is 5 minutes.

              Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour NZ$330
              Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

              Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

              61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps away from Circular Quay, Customs House and Government House. Sydney Opera House and Museum of Sydney are also within 5 minutes. Sydney Circular Quay Station is only a 4-minute walk and Martin Place Station is 11 minutes.

                The Langham, Sydney NZ$376
                The Langham, Sydney

                The Langham, Sydney

                89-113 Kent Street, Millers Point, NSW
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of The Rocks Markets, King Street Wharf and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km). Wynyard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Sydney Circular Quay Station is 13 minutes.