Swimming under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Duration: More than 3 hours
Price Guide: $15
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Swimming under the Sydney Harbour Bridge

If the weather suits, this tour takes you to one of Sydney’s most spectacular public swimming pools, so bring your swimming gear if you feel that way inclined.

Starting the tour

This tour starts at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Section 1:
Directions:

When you arrive at the bridge it’s important that you take the pedestrian walking path. It’s located on the right-hand side of the bridge if you’re heading north, which you are. (The left-hand path is for cyclists only. They tend to get shirty if they catch you bikeless on their turf.)

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The view from Sydney’s most famous bridge is spectacular. As you walk across, you can see the city’s skyscrapers and apartments, the old architecture of The Rocks, the Sydney Opera House, the local ferries, sailing ships and more. But all of these things can be seen at greater heights without having to spend your precious pennies on climbing on top of the bridge. The pylon lookout charges $9.50 for you to ascend its 200 stairs, which are 87 metres above sea level. On the way you can learn about the history and construction of the bridge – right down to the individuals who played a part.

Section 2:
Directions:

Back on the bridge, keep heading straight towards Milsons Point train station.

Stopover:

Milsons Point Station was first built in 1893 – long before the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was perfectly located to allow passengers from the North Shore to transfer from their steam train directly onto a ferry so that they could reach Circular Quay (these days it’s much more straightforward). As one of Sydney’s oldest stations, it’s definitely worth a look. Take a seat on the green just outside to catch your breath. There’s a play area for kids as well.

Section 3:
Directions:

Head down the hill towards the water.

Stopover:

Eighty-six world records have been set in North Sydney’s historic Olympic pool and if that’s not enough to impress you, maybe this is: it’s situated between the glorious glistening arches of the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park’s painted gaping jaw. If you’re just there to have a look entry is $1.80, but if you plan to get your togs on expect to pay around $5. Or, if you want to splash out a bit, get involved in some aqua aerobics classes. A little cafe operates at the pool too – so you won’t go hungry.

Section 4:
Directions:

You can only guess what the next stop is. Head for the fun park behind the biggest mouth in town. It’s right behind the pool.

Stopover:

Even if the rides are often at a standstill, or restricted to members of private parties and functions, Luna Park is still a sight to be seen. Especially at night. Even if the colours are a little bright for your liking, even Luna Park’s greatest critic would find it difficult not to wonder at the sheer size and prime location of the park. This stopover gets one of the best sunsets in the city as well as a stunning dusk.

Section 5:
Directions:

If you’re too tired to return the way you came, head to the ferry stop right outside Luna Park. Ferries will drop you at Circular Quay. Otherwise, a train from Milsons Point station will run you back over the bridge and will stop at all of the main city statons (Wynyard, Town Hall and Central).

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