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Author: forgerr

Joined: 4/26/2012
Posts: 18
Trips Taken: 5
Countries Visited:

Antartcia-China-Italy-Australia-New Zealand-Fiji-etc

Traveler Since: 2008

May 27, 2012

Well, here goes on my first post and hopefully in the correct spot.  We are going to Australia in Nov 2012 with the pre-trip. I have been looking and calling for info on the Sydney harbor bridge climb.

Questions we have are; 1. Should we get our tickets on line in advance. 2. Are they flexiable with the tickets if there is changes to the trip and your not there when the ticket is paid for. 3. Can this be setup with the GC guide.  4. We are told that the best time to climb is late afternoon or evening. 5. Any other suggestions on things we haven't thought of? Look forward to YOUR help!

 

Author: svncontinents

Joined: 11/25/2011
Posts: 230
Trips Taken: 12
Traveler Since: 2007

May 27, 2012

 We climbed the bridge when we visited Australia in 2010, and it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  A few things you should know, because tickets are issued for a specific time and specific date.  Our experience with the climb tickets is that they can be exchanged IF space is available as per your schedule. If you just show up at Bridge Climb, you'll have to take what's available, if anything.  Our best advice is to have detailed discussions with either Grand Circle or OAT to ascertain the itinerary of your trip in Sydney, so that you can book a climb when it doesn't conflict with your Grand Circle itionerary, and book it as FAR in advance as you can.  Be sure to take into account the time it will take to get to the bridge from wherever you're going to be let off by Grand Circle.

Clearly, the best time to go is in the early evening, when the sun goes down, but these trips are booked FAR in advance, so if you haven't booked your specific date and time slot, you're just going to have to take what if anything is available.  If you can't get the sunset climb, we would not advise booking a night climb, despite the fact that these climbs are also in demand.  The concierge at your hotel can book the trip for you for a date, if space is available.  You should allow 3 1/2 hours for the experience.

You are not allowed to take ANYTHING on your climb; they will issue jumpsuits which you will change into, leaving all your clothes, valuables, etc., in lockers which are locked and which a key will be attached to a cord which you will wear around your wrist.  Thye most difficult and scary part of the climb comes at the beginning, when you have to climb four sets of offset ladders to get to the top of the bridge.  Once on the bridge, it's just like walking up a gentle slope and is not difficult, nor scary.  The guide of your climb will take all pictures, which you may purchase afterwards.  We recommend doing so.  We have a great picture of us kissing on top of the bridge, which was published along with an article we( rather my wife ), wrote for International Travel News.  If we ever go back to sydnry, you can be sure we're doing this again.  We were the only people on our trip who climbed the bridge, and many of the others were sorry they didn't.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 445
Trips Taken: 15
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Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

May 27, 2012

 I can't give you any information on the bridge climb, as we did not do it, but I did publish a blog on this trip that may be worth reading. It is is jackthetravelingman.blogspot.com

Enjoy the trip. It was great. If you have questions on anything else, we would be glad to try to answer them.

Jack

Author: shooting4625

Joined: 5/21/2010
Posts: 30
Trips Taken: 6
Traveler Since: 2008

June 03, 2012

We did not do the climb, but someone on our trip did, they did have to give up a chunk of the day, we chose to go to the museum on the bridge which is in the column, you get to climb up inside the concrete section of the bridge enjoying the museum as you go up, you do end up around 50' lower than the bridge walk so you get the stunning views without investing the time, if cost is important, the museum climb is $10 and the walk on the bridge is $200 - $300 I agree with the other post you program director will book everything for you.

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