“What do I do for Valentine’s Day?” I was asking myself.
I wanted to do something memorable on the day of love. “Why not cross off one of the bucket list items?” I thought and decided to scan my bucket list (which was about 6 pages then). In one little corner of the list, I found – The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the steel arch bridge in Sydney Central Business District (CBD). It is about 134 m tall and is World’s sixth longest arch bridge.
Perfect plan! I booked the ‘Day climb’ for ’14 February 2015 4:25 PM’ 🙂 with BridgeClimb (online booking process is very easy).
14 February 2015
The Climb was divided into four systematic stages. Stage One was the registration process at the front desk, after which we were approached by a Climb Leader. Stage Two was the pre-climb checks, where we were tested for the alcohol levels and were provided with the climb suits. Stage Three included the security briefings and the acclimatisation of the ladders with a chord attached to our waist and the railing (Yup! Safety precautions). Stage Four, the final stage was the actual climb.
We started off with a short walk from the main building to the columns of the bridge. Initially it was difficult to walk with the chord attached to the railing, but after a while we got accustomed to the chord. We followed the Climb Leader, one behind the other. The columns had a set of four ladders to ascend, which we climbed slowly and steadily – one person per ladder at a time.
On the way, the Climb Leader briefed us about the history of the bridge. Since it was Valentine’s Day, she decided to tell us a romantic love story. The Story was about an old couple who had done the Bridge Climb to celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary (How awesome is that!). Long time ago, a boy who worked on the Pylon lookout watched a girl walking every single day on the path across the lookout.
One fine day, the boy gathered some courage and threw a stone wrapped with paper, at her feet. There was a message, asking her for a coffee. Guess what happened next? 🙂 She accepted the invitation and the rest is history. A story that makes me believe that fairy tales do exist in real life 🙂 .
Well coming back to my climb, after a short walk to the columns, a climb of four set of ladders, a walk on the arch of the bridge and few more stories later, we were at the peak. We had climbed one of the iconic landmarks of Australia – The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The views of the Harbour and the Opera House were spectacular and eye catching. With the drizzle of the rain, the day became even more romantic than the normal.
Once we were done with the pictures and the admiration of the views around, we descended from the other side of the bridge, in order to avoid collisions with the other groups scheduled to do the climb.
The Day Climb had a total of about 1,300 steps with eight set of ladders and it took us about 3 hours to complete the climb. My day of love was definitely a memorable one and I promise to remind myself with the story narrated by the Climb Leader, whenever I lose faith in love <3 .
An add on – the bridge climb is totally worth it if you are visiting Sydney. I would definitely recommend it as one of the must dos in Sydney.