Sydney Harbour and the Coat Hangar (Life Down-under)

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

This week marked the passing of another year in the history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it turned 81 years old.

 It was officially opened on 19 March, 1932.

Southern Approach - Sydney Harbour Bridge
Southern Approach – Sydney Harbour Bridge

An icon around the world, in more recent times it has become a focal point for New Year celebrations as Sydney-siders herald in another year with the bridge festooned in colourful fireworks.

Of course it is more than that, it is a life-line to those travelling from the north of Sydney to the south and whilst many years ago the Sydney Harbour tunnel was built, taking vehicular traffic under the harbour, it still doesn’t match a trip over the Coat-Hangar.

Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House

And New Yorkers’ might be just left wondering where you had seen our bridge before. The design of the bridge was heavily influenced by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York.

I drive over the bridge each day on my way to work in Sydney’s central business district and I always take in the view it gives of the harbour and marvel at the engineering feat.

Northern Approach, Sydney Harbour Bridge
Northern Approach, Sydney Harbour Bridge

 Of course, for those who are inclined, make sure you take the bridge climb if you ever visit Sydney – the views of Sydney Harbour are spectacular…

Crikey, you’ve just got to love Sydney, hey?

photos: Baz, The Landy