Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia
Arguably one of the, if not the most famous bridges in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a stalwart of the Australian landscape, often depicted ringing in each new year surrounded by fireworks as it’s one of the first places on the planet to reach midnight on the 31st December.
But what could be dangerous about this feat of engineering we hear you ask? Well, did you know that you can walk (or rather climb) up to the top of the arch of this stunning bridge? Pedestrians, vehicles and even trains traverse this bridge all day long, but for the most daring among us, it’s all about the hike to the top.
Standing 134 metres tall, it was given the nickname “The Coat Hanger” shortly after its completion in 1932 due to its arch shape, this steel bridge is no wallflower. It’s the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, which makes it even more amazing that the 1950s and 60s saw plenty of illegal bridge climbers under the cover of darkness. There was even a wire walker in 1973 who crossed between two pylons. Now it’s legal to climb the bridge (and has been since 1998), will you be brave enough to join those daredevils?