Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk – it’s FREE!
The Sydney Harbour Bridge walk must surely be one of the best FREE things to do in Sydney! The Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk is part of a longer walk called the Cahill Walk , the Bridge Walk being the northern part of the walk.
It is a pretty easy walk – flat and paved with stunning views. The walk will take you around 25 minutes depending on your pace and stops.
To make your day easy we’ve checked out the best access points to the Sydney Harbour bridge walk which we list and detail below.
Access Points to the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
The main consideration when walking the bridge is which access point to take – there are three key ones to choose from:
- Circular Quay and The Cahill Walk
- Milsons Point/Kirribilli
- The Rocks
Use the following map to help you locate each access point.
It is also important to remember that you do not need to do a long walk to get great views – you may just wish to take the lift up and do a short walk onto the bridge deck.
Deck access points – image courtesy of NSW Roads and Maritime Services
1. Circular Quay and The Cahill Walk
Now it seems that many people do not know that you can access the Harbour Bridge Deck from Circular Quay. But we highly recommend this walk which is why we are putting it first!
This walk is a great way to see Circular Quay and The Rocks from a different vista. There is a great viewing platform above Circular Quay and the views across the harbour are great. There is no high fence line here so the view is uninterrupted – as are the pictures! If you don’t want to do the whole walk you can get the lift up from Circular Quay and enjoy the views from the viewing platform.
You can access the Cahill Walk via:
- Stairs on Macquarie Street
- Lift at Circular Quay
- Stairs or lift at Campbell Street, The Rocks
- Walk the entire walk from Milsons Point to Circular Quay
If you started the walk at Milsons Point instead of exiting at The Rocks, follow the signs labelled The ‘Cahill Walk’. The walk will then take you up onto the walkway on the Cahill expressway and to Circular Quay. You can exit the walk at Circular Quay (lift access) or Macquarie Street (stair access).
Same if you start at The Rocks. Head up the bridge stairs then follow the signs to The Cahill Walk.
Access point 5 on the above map is the Macquarie Street stair entry and access point 4 on the map is the lift at Circular Quay.
Views from the viewing platform and the Cahill walk
City skyline and harbour views
2. Milsons Point/Kirribilli
Milsons Point and Kirribilli are neighbouring suburbs located on the northern side of the bridge. The advantage of starting on the Milsons Point side is that you get city vistas as you walk across the bridge – you will be able to see the city skyline, Opera House and Circular Quay (albeit with a security fence blocking the views).
Access to the Milsons Point/Kirribilli bridge entry can be found on Broughton Street, Kirribilli.
Many people choose to get a train or ferry across to Milsons Point from the City and walk back into town. To reach the access points to the bridge from Kirribilli you can:
- Train it to Milsons Point Train Station. At the station turn left towards Ennis Street and right out towards the bridge. Walk for a short while and you will see the bridge stairs
- Ferry it to Milsons Point Wharf. Once off the ferry proceed up the hill towards Milsons Point Train Station and continue as detailed above
Access point 8 on the above map is the Broughton Street lift and stair entry.
You will also find stacks of other FREE things to do around Milsons Point including Luna Park, Bradfield Park, Wendy’s Secret Garden and of course there are views views views!
Milsons Point entry points
3. The Rocks
The Rocks is a popular hop on point with many tour groups starting here and also locals doing their lunch time run. In addition, The Rocks access now includes both stairs and a lift.
Access to the The Rocks bridge entry can be found on Campbell Street, The Rocks. There are many sign-posts around The Rocks guiding visitors to the entry point.
This is a great place to enter the Bridge Deck if you wish to see the Pylon or to walk across to Milsons Point.
To return to the City you can get a train or ferry back from Milsons Point.
Access points 1 and 3 on the above map is the Campbell Street lift and stair entry.
The Rocks entry points
Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout
If you have some spare change and are looking for some great views of the harbour and to also find out some mega interesting facts about the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then you should visit the Pylon Lookout.
Entry is $15.00 and you will find the Lookout in the South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Bridge and the Pylon Lookout make for a fantastic day out.
A picture says a thousand words
Sometimes things are best described in pictures so here’s some to get the imagination going!
Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk is a Sydney must-do
Five reasons to visit The Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Enjoy the views views and more views
- Admire the grandeur of the Bridge
- Enjoy a picnic in Bradfield Park
- Wander through The Rocks before or after your walk
- Stop by the Pylon Lookout for historical facts and more views
- Entry: Free
- Toilets: No
- Wheelchair friendly: Yes
- Free carparking: No
- Free BBQ facilities: No
- Time to spend here: Up to 1 hour
- Food available: No
- Address: Enter the bridge at Milsons Point, (Kirribilli) Circular Quay or The Rocks
- Further details: Visit The Sydney Harbour Bridge directory listing
More free things to do
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