In the year 2017, my friends and I decided to do a beautiful walk in Sydney. The walk was organised for a cause. The cause was to raise funds for Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW). This walk is called the Seven Bridges Walk. The funds are raised to help fund the cancer research and towards prevention programs run by Cancer Council NSW.
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Why is it called Seven Bridges Walk?
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Pyrmont Bridge
- Anzac Bridge
- Iron Cove Bridge
- Gladesville Bridge
- Tarban Creek Bridge
- Fig Tree Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark in Sydney. It is the largest steel arch bridge in the World. The bridge is adorably known as the coat hanger by the locals. This is the first bridge that you pass on the 7 bridges walk.
Did you know you can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Refer Bridge Climb for more details.
- Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW.
- Bridge type: Steel through arch bridge.
- Opened in: 1932.
A heritage-listed swing bridge located in the Darling Harbour is our second bridge in the list. This bridge is the Pyrmont bridge, which is also one of the oldest surviving bridges in the World.
The Pyrmont Bridge was built in the year 1899.
- Address: Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney NSW 2000.
- Bridge type: Swing bridge.
- Opened in: 1899.
The Anzac Bridge is an eight-lane bridge between Pyrmont and Glebe Island. The bridge was given the name Anzac bridge to honor the soldiers who served in World War I. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps are collectively known as Anzac.
The Anzac bridge is 25 years old.
- Address: Glebe Island, Pyrmont NSW 2009.
- Bridge type: Cable-stayed bridge.
- Opened in: 1995.
Iron Cove Bridge
The Iron Cove Bridge is a heritage listed bridge that links the suburbs of Drummoyne to Rozelle. The bridge was opened in the year 1955.
The total length of the bridge is 461 metres.
- Address: Victoria Road, Sydney, NSW.
- Bridge type: Road bridge.
- Opened in: 1955.
Another bridge that is heritage listed in Sydney is the Gladesville bridge connecting the suburbs of Drummoyne and Huntleys’ point. The bridge was opened in the year 1964. The total length of the bridge is 579 metres.
In the year 2014, the bridge celebrated its 50th anniversary. More details on the bridge can be found on the Roads and Maritime (RMS) website.
- Address: Victoria Rd, Huntleys Point NSW.
- Bridge type: Concrete arch bridge.
- Opened in: 1964.
Tarban Creek Bridge
With a height of 20 meters, the Tarban Creek bridge is a prestressed arch bridge that carries across Burns Bay Road across the Tarban Creek. The bridge was opened in the year 1965.
- Address: Burns Bay Rd, Hunters Hill NSW 2110.
- Bridge type: Concrete arch bridge.
- Opened in: 1965.
Fig Tree Bridge
The Fig Tree Bridge was opened in the year 1963 and it is a road bridge that connects Hunters Hill and Linley Point. The bridge carries Burs Bay Road across the Lane Cove River.
- Address: Burns Bay Rd, Linley Point NSW 2066.
- Bridge type: Girder Bridge.
- Opened in: 1963.
- Registration website: Book online on http://www.7bridgeswalk.com.au/
- Cost: Early bird price is around AUD 49.50 plus the booking fee. Early bird tickets are only available for a certain period of time. However, the actual price of the walk is approximately AUD 69.50 plus the booking fee. The latest and up-date cost can be found on the 7 bridges walk website.
- Note: The walk can be done on your own for FREE without being a part of the Cancer Council NSW.
- Distance: 28 kilometres covering all the bridges.
- Grade: Moderate to Hard. It is a hard walk only because of the distance.
- Path: Sydney Harbour Bridge -> Pyrmont Bridge -> Anzac Bridge -> Iron Cove Bridge -> Gladesville Bridge -> Tarban Creek Bridge -> Fig Tree Bridge.
- It is recommended to start early in order to finish the entire path and distance.
- There are water stations and toilets at regular breakpoints which are at six popup village points. There are also refreshments and fruits that are available at these points. These water stations, toilets, and refreshments are not available if the walk is done for FREE.
- The six popup village points are at Milsons Point, Pyrmont Park, Rozelle, Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, and Wollstonecraft. These popup points are not available if the walk is done for FREE.
- The detailed guide on the path is provided on the Cancer Council NSW website.
- Transport for NSW organises complimentary buses that run between the six popup village points. These complimentary buses are not available if the walk is done for FREE.
- One of the best souvenirs to get after completing the walk are all the below stamps at each bridge. These stamps are not available if the walk is done for FREE.
- Wear comfortable sturdy shoes.
- Carry an extra pair of socks, in case of bruises.
Is the walk safe for solo female travelers?
Absolutely yes. Sydney is one of the safest cities in the World. I would recommend walking/hiking alone in the city. I have lived here for more than 8 years and I have not had any issues or concerns as such. However, like any other city, be cautious especially at nights and trust your instinct.
Even though this walk can be done alone comfortably, I still suggest having a walking buddy just in case to handle any unexpected scenarios while walking.
The seven bridges walk is another milestone walk that must be in every Sydneysider’s walking bucket list. It is definitely worth doing the 28 kilometres walk passing through some iconic bridges in the city. I recommend completing this walk at least once.
Have you done this walk before? If yes, then let me know what you think of the walk. Drop a comment below or write to me on Solopassport@gmail.com.