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Published: September 11th 2011
We got up bright and early on Monday morning to make it to our Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, scheduled for 9:15 AM. The Harbour Bridge is one of the city's pride and joys - right behind the Opera House of course! When we got to Australia we were unsure whether the bridge climb would be worth the cost - and now...having done it, we're still pretty indifferent. We don't necessarily feel like it was a waste of money, because it was a cool experience to have, but at the same time - it took up half a day and YOU AREN'T ALLOWED TO BRING A CAMERA!
But I'm getting ahead of myself...I'm sure half of you are wondering what the climb actually consisted of, so here's the deal. For the first hour, we got prepped for the climb. This included changing into the bridge climb suits, locking our personal belongings in a safe (which, as I mentioned before, sadly included our cameras), putting on the safety belt, practicing how to climb a fake bridge, getting our headsets, etc...
Finally, it was time for the climb! One of the best parts of the whole experience was our guide. He was
Us at the top of Australia!
See the edge of the Opera House off to the left?!
just your typical funny, friendly Australian and he made the tour far more interesting than simply climbing a bridge. Out of our group of 10 or so, Brian and I brought up the rear. Throughout the trip the guide would crack comments asking, "Do we still have the newlyweds?! Stop kissing back there!". It was all in good fun. Anyway, there was only one part of the climb that actually consisted of climbing straight up. It was basically three flights of stairs - that didn't even leave me and Brian tired or needing to catch our breath. The rest of the climb was along the arch of the bridge, so it was like walking on a slight incline all the way to the top. I was honestly hoping the whole thing would be a little more challenging....I mean....it's a HUGE bridge!
Anyway, the views from the top were gorgeous. It was cool seeing the cars below us, the city around us and the Opera House right beside us. The guide took 4-5 pictures of me and Brian, but they were selling for THIRTY BUCKS a photo so needless to say, we didn't buy any. The only pic we have
is the complimentary group photo you see here.
So the day after the climb, we found out that you can pay $10 to climb up one of the bridge pylons that takes you 3/4 way up the bridge AND you're allowed to bring your camera. In hindsight, we would have saved a boatload of cash and gone this route. Next time!
After the climb we grabbed some lunch at Pancakes on the Rocks and then boarded a bus to the famous Bondi Beach! Bondi really is a beautiful beach. The sand is almost velvety it's so soft and the best part is, it brushed right off your feet when you want to clean up! We grabbed some churros to dip in chocolate fondu and headed to the beach! They were delicious. Once we finished our snack, we napped on the beach for a bit and then, I got to do some shopping! I found myself a new bikini, which I love, and which Brian reminded me I'd have to keep my wedding bod shape if I wanted to wear it next summer! Gee thanks Bri! What a supportive husband I have! 😊
We honestly don't remember what
we did the rest of the evening, but overall, it was a good day!
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