Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge

Pylon Lookout at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Michael-4551
    Caloundra, Australia5,533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Views all round
    Visited on Saturday 27th May. In one of the pylons on the bridge there are 200 steps to climb up to a view area which gives you 360 degree views which are amazing. Worth doing if you don't want to do the bridge climb.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 June 2023
  • TravelEatRepeat
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a View!
    This is a hidden gem and should be on everyone's list when visiting Sydney (as long as they can navigate stairs; there is no elevator). Located inside the pylon (those 2 giant brown towers that are on each end of the bridge) closest to Circular Quay, this small museum has some photos and descriptions of the history of the Harbour Bridge, as well as 8 short videos (each 60 seconds or less). The real star though is the view and it is well worth the entry fee of $24.95 AUD (less for children 12 and under, and students). The entrance to this museum is not well-marked; it is a 5 minute walk along the Harbour Bridge from The Rocks. At the first pylon, there is a door, a small sign and some stairs. Go in and start walking. By the time you make it to the actual entrance of the museum, you have already covered about 1/3 of the 200ish stairs to get to the top. This is where you pay your fee. There is also a small gift shop and toilets. Keep walking up the stairs, and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of Sydney. On the way down, stop to look at the displays and take 7 minutes to watch the videos. If you are intrigued by the idea of the Harbour Bridge Climb but you don't want to pay the $ or you are nervous about doing it, we highly recommend trying the Pylon Museum instead. It's not the same experience, but you will get some incredible views of the beautiful city of Sydney! (If you are planning to do the Bridge Climb, there is an option to add the Pylon Museum. We recommend visiting the Pylon Museum in addition to doing the Bridge Climb, as you can stay as long as you want, and you will have your own camera so you can take as many photos as you want. No cameras of any kind are allowed on the Harbour Bridge Climb.) Next time you visit Sydney (or if you're a local and you haven't been), be sure to add the Pylon Museum to your "must see" list!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Busker999
    Tonbridge, United Kingdom1,501 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum and lookout
    Good museum to the harbour bridge - explaining how and why it was built. Good look out over the bridge and rest of Sydney as well as a nice small gift shop. Good place to watch family on the bridge climb too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Ben K
    Fleet, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best views in Sydney
    Best thing I did in Sydney. They opened it up for Twilight throughout August (definitely keep this!!), and you get the best view of the sunset over the city on a clear(ish) day! Also, has a brilliant view of the Opera House and CBD. They offered refreshments including wine and beer, for a very reasonable price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Dale A
    South Wales, United Kingdom178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth it. A lot cheaper than a bridge walk.
    We discovered this is as we were walking over the bridge. It's in the south concrete pylon. Great Little museum, Great history of the bridge. Amazing views from the top, and it's 1/20 the price of the bridge walk. It's bigger inside than you think. 30-45 minutes in total. Cost was around $24 (around £13). If your not interested in the history it is worth paying for amazing 360 views of the city.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Mark D
    Portishead, United Kingdom1,549 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, less expensive way of experiencing the Bridge
    Came here to get he experience of the ridge without the high cost of the bridge climb/walk and it was well worth it. Getting there was not that easy in winding our way up to the bridge form the harbour. Reading the story and seeing the photos of its construction was very informative and then he views when you get to the lookout are great. Try to pick a time when it’s not too busy as getting to the right spot for photos is not easy. Also, if you want to shortcut read in everything, just watch the 15 minute video at the end. It cost $29 each which is really good value and took us an hour including the museum stuff. Recommend
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 February 2024
  • Soo1993
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views - well worth climbing the steps to the top of the pylon
    Quite a few steps to the top but well worth it for the views of the bridge itself and the Opera House which are amazing. You can see the people doing the Bridge Walk ( look like ants) but this is less strenuous ( and less scary) if you can't manage that. Small museum and film show on making of the bridge etc. Yes there is a charge to go up the pylon but remember they have to pay for upkeep, staffing, insurance etc.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 March 2024
  • lolus
    Telford, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    We walked past this tour on our first day in Sydney but so glad we returned. Fantastic views. And good value. It was recommended to us when hubby couldn’t get a slot to do the bridge climb ( book early/advance-booking advised)
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • David S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the stairs
    Well worth the stairs, the views were amazing in all directions. This is a great way to get the view from high up on the bridge without the expense and exertion of the bridge climb. The museum is small, but informative and the staff was friendly. it's a bit of climb, but the stairs are well designed and there are benches for resting at each landing if needed.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 June 2024
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David S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Well worth the stairs, the views were amazing in all directions. This is a great way to get the view from high up on the bridge without the expense and exertion of the bridge climb. The museum is small, but informative and the staff was friendly. it's a bit of climb, but the stairs are well designed and there are benches for resting at each landing if needed.
Written 13 June 2024
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JElliot32
New South Wales, Australia3,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
If you baulked at the outrageous price of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (as we did), this could be the experience for you - at less than a tenth of the price. The views are outstanding and you can take as many photos as you like. The tour here starts at a small museum in the lower level of the pylon. It includes a theaterette showing a film on a loop of about 10 minutes that features historical footage on the bridge's conception and construction. It is definitely worth watching - this was a massive feat of engineering. There is also a kiosk / souvenir shop inside the pylon. It is a bit of climb via internal stairs to the top of the pylon but you are rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views of Sydney and the harbour. Good views of the people doing the actual Bridge Climb too. The pylon was far from crowded when we visited - we could see there was a constant trail of many, many more people spending big bucks on the Bridge Climb
Written 10 May 2024
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lolus
Telford, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We walked past this tour on our first day in Sydney but so glad we returned. Fantastic views. And good value. It was recommended to us when hubby couldn’t get a slot to do the bridge climb ( book early/advance-booking advised)
Written 25 March 2024
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Soo1993
118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Quite a few steps to the top but well worth it for the views of the bridge itself and the Opera House which are amazing. You can see the people doing the Bridge Walk ( look like ants) but this is less strenuous ( and less scary) if you can't manage that. Small museum and film show on making of the bridge etc. Yes there is a charge to go up the pylon but remember they have to pay for upkeep, staffing, insurance etc.
Written 16 March 2024
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Mark D
Portishead, UK1,549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Came here to get he experience of the ridge without the high cost of the bridge climb/walk and it was well worth it.
Getting there was not that easy in winding our way up to the bridge form the harbour. Reading the story and seeing the photos of its construction was very informative and then he views when you get to the lookout are great. Try to pick a time when it’s not too busy as getting to the right spot for photos is not easy.
Also, if you want to shortcut read in everything, just watch the 15 minute video at the end.
It cost $29 each which is really good value and took us an hour including the museum stuff. Recommend
Written 21 February 2024
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J T
383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Save yourself hundreds of dollars and do this instead of the bridge climb! Fantastic views and really interesting museum / history.
Written 9 February 2024
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Ukithepiglet
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This dinner, hosted by Luke Mangan’s team and served on top of Sydney’s Pylon, is memorable for its location: the wow-inducing lookout that deserves way more attention than it gets.
But ask me if I liked the food I’d have to say…. yeah-nah.
I appreciate that (it being a popup restaurant) everything has to be brought in … or rather up. It can’t be easy to serve a three-course meal plus wine plus amuse bouches without a kitchen and where everything, including chairs and tables, has to be carried up the 200 steps to the top. Each and every one of the 50 nights a year they are allowed to operate.

I will also make allowances for the fact that it had been an extremely warm day, and so won’t make a fuss about the melted butter drenching the sourdough roll that had gone stale.
But I would have expected at least some ice to counter the heat: warm champagne, even if it is a Penfolds x Thienot Brut Rose, is just not enjoyable.
The dressing for the Kingfish Shasimi was overpowering and too onion-y. the Wagyu/Shimo beef was ok, but not so rave-worthy as to even mention it’s exclusiveness (normally only available outside Australia - so we were told), the desert was basically 4 different deserts that didn’t go together. But I will sing praises for the main’s sides: a lovely mushroom puree with asparagus and Madeira jus (sadly the jus being too runny for me - it didn’t stick to anything).
The service was great, but again lacked the special something. For example, I would have liked to know a bit more about the wines that the food was paired with, particularly since the evening was Penfolds themed.
All up this was not an experience I would recommend paying $345 per person for. Get yourself a ticket for $25 instead and visit The Pylon during the day. You will miss the sunset, but it’s still an awesome view over the Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Written 17 December 2023
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Dale A
South Wales, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We discovered this is as we were walking over the bridge. It's in the south concrete pylon. Great Little museum, Great history of the bridge. Amazing views from the top, and it's 1/20 the price of the bridge walk. It's bigger inside than you think. 30-45 minutes in total. Cost was around $24 (around £13). If your not interested in the history it is worth paying for amazing 360 views of the city.
Written 15 November 2023
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reeceyb
Chichester, UK1,686 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a really good thing to do and a lot cheaper than the bridge climb and you get some great views across the bay as good as you would crossing the bridge
Written 17 October 2023
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KeenPhotographer-11
Birkdale, Australia904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
While the younger members of our party did the pre-booked Bridge Climb we very much enjoyed an hour here.
Yes there are lots of steps but the reward at the end is a great view over the Bridge, Sydney Harbour and the setting sun.
We did not pre-book but it was not initially too busy at around 17:30. It then did get busier on sunset and all had to leave at 18:25.
Great photos and we saw our friends start off up the Bridge.
Written 26 September 2023
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