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Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout: a cheaper alternative to the BridgeClimb

View of Sydney Harbour Bridge from the Pylon lookout

My parents bought me a gift certificate for the BridgeClimb as a Christmas gift a few years back. It was such a great gift idea and I loved doing the climb, however with prices starting from around $250 it is quite expensive and I’m not sure its something I would have bought for myself. If you’re visiting Sydney on a budget then a great alternative to the BridgeClimb is to visit the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout. You’ll still get fantastic panoramic views of the bridge and the city, but it will only cost you $13!

The Pylon Lookout is located in the south-east pylon. It’s a gruelling 200 stairs to the top but on the way up there are three levels of exhibits where you will learn about the history of the bridge and how it was constructed.

And then you are greeted with these stunning views…

One of the benefits of the Pylon Lookout over the BridgeClimb is that you are completely free to take your own photos. Unfortunately you can’t take your own camera on the BridgeClimb for safety reasons. The guide carries a camera and will take some snaps of you which you can purchase afterwards but you don’t get any purely scenic shots.

And one could argue that the view you get of the bridge from the Pylon Lookout is better than the one you get when you’re standing on it!

Despite the gloriously sunny weather that day, there were only a handful of other visitors at the lookout. It’s not as well known as other attractions in Sydney, so you won’t have to worry about fighting crowds to get a great view at the top.

Visitor Information

  • The Pylon Lookout is open from 10am to 5pm every day, except Christmas Day. Last entry is at 4:45pm.
  • Admission price is $13 for adults.
  • The lookout is located in the South East Pylon of the bridge. If you’re coming from the city side, use the ‘Bridge Stairs’ at Cumberland Street. If you are coming from the North side use the steps near Milsons Point train station.
  • If you do the BridgeClimb you also get free entry to the Pylon Lookout so definitely take advantage of that!
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