Sydney Harbour Bridge climb: New activities for BridgeClimb

When Sydney WorldPride 2023 comes around in February, BridgeClimb will be offering a fab photo op with one of the city’s iconic drag queens – at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

It’s part of the new Pride Climb, a three-hour experience that will run for the duration of Pride, February 17 – March 5.

Pride Climb is one of several new activities Hammon Holdings (owners of the popular attraction since 2018) have instigated, beckoning with a new twist on an old favourite not just first-timers to do the spectacular climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge but also repeat customers, be they locals, interstaters or internationals.

It could be a while before inbound Australian tourism returns to anything like pre-pandemic levels, despite visitations from New Zealand, India and a handful of other countries building solid momentum. Outbound tourism remains banned from China, Australia’s biggest market for visitors in 2019 when more than 1.43 million Chinese nationals came to see the Aussie sights.

Before BridgeClimb had to abruptly close in March 2020 for three months after being open 364 days a year since 1998, China was a key factor in the strong growth the Sydney Harbour attraction was experiencing. BridgeClimb ran Mandarin-language tours and special events including Chinese Valentine’s Days, Moon Festival Celebrations, a Mahjong championship event and Chinese New Year celebrations.

While they await the return of Chinese friends, new activations include Luke’s Table, a pop-up restaurant on the bridge’s South-East Pylon, featuring a three-course menu by acclaimed Australian chef, Luke Mangan. Dates for the 20-person dinner, hosted on Thursday nights from mid-November till December 22, sold out virtually as soon as bookings were open. New tickets will go on sale in March.

And currently until December 18, climbers can meet Santa at the Summit for a festive family photo.

Meantime, ambitious adventurers can take on The Ultimate Climb, introduced in September 2020, which follows a new route up to the Summit, clamours the north side for the full length of the arches towards the north-side pylons and returning back over to Climber Base. The whole thing takes three and a half hours and is bound to work up an appetite. In lieu of a booking at Luke’s Table, you can always pull up a seat at one of Luke’s other tables – at Glass Brasserie in the Sydney Hilton, or Luke’s Kitchen at the Kimpton Margot Hotel.


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