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Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney

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From the top of the southeast pylon on Sydney Harbour Bridge--87 m (285 ft) above sea level--you have panoramic views of Sydney, the Opera House, and the bridge itself. As you climb the 200 stairs, learn about the bridge’s construction and the workers who built it from informational plaques, exhibitions, and old footage spread over several levels inside the pylon. Interestingly, while providing some support, Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge, with its granite façade, is mostly decorative. Take a look at our Sydney online trip maker to schedule your visit to Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It's THE alternative and if you look at the prices of climbing the bridge this is a very, very good alternative. I don't think its as high but you also get to take your own photos with your phone... 
    It's THE alternative and if you look at the prices of climbing the bridge this is a very, very good alternative. I don't think its as high but you also get to take your own photos with your phone...  more »
  • underrated attraction, we would have gone years ago but there is not alot of advertising for this museum and lookout. the female staff member was hopeless and vague but the place itself was unreal 
    underrated attraction, we would have gone years ago but there is not alot of advertising for this museum and lookout. the female staff member was hopeless and vague but the place itself was unreal  more »
  • Everywhere I go I like to go up a tall building, I was aware that going up the actual bridge was an option, but after looking into it, I couldn't possibly justify paying the price for that. You are.....  more
    Everywhere I go I like to go up a tall building, I was aware that going up the actual bridge was an option, but after looking into it, I couldn't possibly justify paying the price for that. You are.....  more »
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  • Very interesting and well organized site. Was pretty easy to get to and the climb to the top was not bad at all. The view was amazing, with neat navigation markers pointing to every key piece of geography in the Sydney area. The workers were very friendly and the historical displays were well organized and informative. Highly recommended!
  • A superb place with fantastic views. If you love taking photos, this is a perfect place to take stunning views of the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and the Circular Quay area. The deck is pretty cramp and small though, so if there are many people, it can be quite packed. But if there aren't many people, you can take your time to enjoy the breeze and views. Well worth the price!
  • Best kept secret in Sydney. Highly recommend this. Such an affordable way to get a great view of Sydney Harbour and get some great photos. Also a lovely little museum and short film within the Pylon. Suitable for people on a budget and can't afford the Bridge Climb or for those too scared to do the Bridge Climb. Plan to do this once a year with my son in the school holidays from now on. Great day out. Followed by lunch at The Rocks.
  • Amazing attraction to visit. You’re close enough to the bridge and can see the climbers in action, also gives beautiful views of the Opera House and boats in the harbour. We arrived at opening on a Sunday morning and there were only two other couples here so we had plenty of space to roam. Any more than 10-15 people and it would be difficult to get around the small viewing platform I imagine. Staff were pleasant. The museum part is tiny. I would just note it’s on the right side of the bridge and not the left as per Google maps, although it is well sign posted on foot from the station hub.
  • HISTORY The Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout was opened in 1934 it provided the finest views of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city giving 360° views of Sydney. The Lookout is situated in the southeast pylon on the southeast side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The museum details the story of the bridge and the people who made it happen from engineers, designers and the workers who risked their lives over the 9 years it took to build. The museum has 3 levels and around 200 stairs. The first 2 levels give you a brief history of the bridge and the 3rd level you are rewarded with the vista that has been impressing visitors for 90 years. Throughout the museum there are plenty of notice boards with the whole history of the bridge there are also large replica pieces of the bridge showing you how the bridge is held together. It is totally worth a visit and before you leave sit down and watch the 8 minute video showing the Harbour Bridge being constructed.

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