The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

The Pylon Lookout views are quite simply amazing

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout is one of Sydney’s wonderful, historic beauties. At $15.00 for an adult entry it is also a great, cheap alternative to the (rather expensive) Bridge Climb. Combine the Pylon Lookout with the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk and you have one cracker of a day.

The Lookout is segregated into five different areas each with their own story to tell. Read on to find out what’s in store.

Entrance – where to find it!

The entrance to the Pylon Lookout is on the actual Harbour Bridge. 

To find the Pylon Lookout entrance you will need to enter onto the Bridge Deck via the stairs/lift at Cumberland Street The Rocks or at Broughton Street Kirribilli. Full details of how to find the Bridge Deck entrances can be found in our Top Tips to Walk the Harbour Bridge article.

Once you are on the Bridge deck walk towards the middle of the bridge and you will spot the Pylon Lookout in the South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Once you have found the entrance you will start your ascent to level One.

Start your trip up!

Level One

The admissions counter is located on Level One. Enjoy looking around the various exhibitions including ‘Dangerous Work’ and a Bridge Artefacts Display. This display showcases artefacts from Dr Jon Job Crew Bradfield who is known as the ‘Father of the Bridge’. Bradfield was the Chief Engineer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and was responsible for much of the design influence and subsequent construction of the Bridge.

There are also life size models here depicting what working on the Sydney Harbour Bridge would have been like. Lookout for the spectacular glass windows.

On the far side of the  level is an audio-visual presentation. You will also walk by this on your way out and it is a good spot to sit and have a break.

Level One displays

Up to Level Two 

After exploring Level One, keep heading on and up to Level Two. Level Two includes further displays as well as a gift shop (which sells limited drinks and snacks) and toilets. The displays here give great information regarding the opening of the bridge plus details on the bridge size and its complexity to build.

Lots to see on Level Two

Mezzanine and Lookout

The Mezzanine and Lookout is really what most people come for.

And truly it is breath taking to enjoy the 180 degree views across the harbour. Spot all your favourite sights including The Opera House, Circular Quay, Sydney Ferries, Luna Park and the ANZAC Bridge.

There is also another display here providing great facts and details of the bridge.


Enjoy the views but also take some time to also enjoy the architecture and the composition of the bridge and the pylon.

Admire the architecture

Top Tip

To reach the top of the Lookout it is approximately 200 stairs. Wear comfortable shoes and bring some water. There are lots of places to sit so just take it easy, but rest assured the views are worth it.

Five reasons to visit The Pylon Lookout

  1. Enjoy 180 degree harbour views
  2. Admire the architecture of the Bridge Pylon
  3. Learn about the history of The Harbour Bridge
  4. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation
  5. Have fun spotting the well known Sydney sights

Freedays summary

  • Entry: There is an entry charge per adult and child
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: No
  • Free carparking: No
  • Free BBQ facilities: No
  • Time to spend here: 1 hour
  • Food available: No
  • Address: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Further details: Visit Pylon Lookout directory listing

More free things to do 

After exploring the pylon why not:

  • Enjoy the Harbour Bridge Walk
  • Have a picnic at Milsons Point
  • Wander through The Rocks



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