Best Photo Opportunities Of The Sydney Harbour Bridge


Along with the Harbour and Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic image of Sydney, and indeed of Australia.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

The bridge was competed in March 1932 and is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and also the tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres (440ft) from the top to water level. And until 2012 when the new Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver was complete, it held the title of the worlds widest long-span bridge at 48.8 metres (160ft)

We lived and worked in Sydney back in 2011- 2012 and armed with adventure and what was good quality cameras at the time, we loved exploring the city and the Harbour Bridge, whilst our photo quality has improved since then, we did manage to take, what we regard as our most amazing image (it is the last picture on this post)

Below you will see what we think are the ‘Best photo opportunities of the Sydney Harbour Bridge’

  • Walking On the bridge

You can walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, just enter from The Rocks at Cumberland Street

  • Climbing the bridge

You can climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with ‘Bridge Climb, Sydney’, you are given a briefing before taking to the structure and heading across the top of the bridge leaded by a guide. Prices start from $303. Note that you are not allowed your own camera but will get your photographs taken during the climb by your guide.

  • Opera Bar

Located in Circular Quay, the Opera Bar is located at the Sydney Opera House, sit and look across the water at the Bridge

  • North Sydney

You are more likely to be in the CBD but take a trip across to North Sydney and go to Blues Point Reserve where you can look across the harbour, also capturing the Sydney Opera House in the same shot as the Bridge

  • Harbour Cruise

You can take to the water on a Harbour Cruise, either a party boat or a relaxing dining experience, you will sail around the harbour, and then be sure to look up as you sail under the Bridge. Prices around $99

  • Hop On Hop Off Ferry

A cheaper option on the water is to do the hop on hop off ferry costing from just $49 here you will sail away from the Bridge and get great photo opportunities as you do so. The pass is inclusive of 2 days and stops at Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Manly, Watsons Bay, Luna Park and more

  • Jet Boat

A faster paced thing to do on the water if you can hold your camera steady (recommend using GoPro or other waterproof camera) is to take the Thunder Jet Boat out on the harbour, spinning 180 degrees you will be in for an adrenaline rush and even have time to look around at your surroundings. Jet Boat is priced from $69

  • Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

Located within the Royal Botanical Gardens, head to the tip of the land for spectacular views across the harbour, with the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge directly in front of you. This is a photo opportunity not to be missed! And it is free, and at your leisure

  • The Rocks