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History of Pylon Lookout
Pylon Lookout is a lookout situated on the south side of Sydney Harbour Bridge. 87 meter tall bridge bearing with 200-stair climb it provides a panoramic view of Sydney. This is a must visit place in Sydney CBD specially if you have limited time in Sydney but still want to get a bird's eye view of Sydney. It is just 10 to 15 minutes walk from Circular Quay, the most central location for visitors in Sydney CBD.

Pylon Look is cheaper version and option to Harbour Bridge Climb. Admission fee to Pylon Lookout is $15.00 and stay as much as you want. It is quick 5 - 15 minutes easy stairs climb, suitable for any age group. You can carry your own camera to Pylon Lookout, which you can't do if you are climbing Harbour Bridge due to safety reasons.

Pylon Lookout gives you a great view of Sydney CBD, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Cockatoo Island, Milsons Point, North Sydney, Western Suburbs, Sydney Airport, Southern Suburbs of Hurstville and Cronulla, Sydney Harbour, Fort Denison, Eastern Suburbs and Sydney Harbour Entrance.

Definitely great view for $15.00, it's a bargain and not to be missed for unforgettable view of Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is not the longest but it is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It is built on beautiful Sydney Harbour, which connects Sydney CBD with Sydney's North Shore. This world famous bridge carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney CBD and Sydney' North Shore.

  • 1922 - 1932: Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge began with John Jacob "Job" Crew Bradfield appointed as Chief Engineer for the construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • March 1932: Construction of Sydney Harbour was completed and officially opened on 19th March 1932.
  • Pylon Lookout: South East Pylon opens to tourists.

    One resourceful businessman by the name of Archer Whitford converted the south east pylon into a popular tourist venue, today known to us as Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout.
  • 1939 - 1945: World War II.
    Pylon Lookout closed for tourist. All four Harbour Bridge Pylons were taken by military and modified to include anti-aircraft guns.
  • All Australian Exhibition opens: exhibition consisted minitures and displays on topics like farming, transport, banking, sports and defence.
  • Pylon Lookout was closed for about 11 years from 1971 to 1982. This happened as Mrs Rentoul's lease expired, she was the exhibition manger of Pylon Lookout.
  • Pylon Lookout re-opened in 1982 and included the exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversay of its opening.
    For the first time since opening, the Bridge was closed to vehicles and pedestraisn were allowed full access for the day.
  • Bicentennial Exhibition: Number of bridge workers gathered on the 18th December 1987 to celeberate the opening of Biecntennial Exhibition.

    Mary Kelman was the oldest surviving female worker and Peter Logue was the oldest surviving male worker.
  • The Bridge was declared an International Historic Civil Engineers Landmark.
  • Pylon Lookout was closed to public in April 2000 for the installation of new exhibition by the Roads & Traffic Authority and BridgeClimb.

    It was re-opened later that year in November 2000 with a landmark exhibition which included glass direction finder in the observation level of the lookout along with important heritage items like Bradfield Museum artefacts.
  • In May 2003 Pylon Lookout was closed for 1 month for the installation of new exhibition.

    Its was re-opened the same year on 23 June 2003 with new exhibits "Dangerous Works" displaying the working conditions experienced during the construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • The Bridge is Australia's most recognised and photographed landmarks.

    Pylon Lookout Opens 7 days.
    Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm ( last entry 4:45pm).

    Closed on Christmas Day.
Pylon Lookout

Things To Do Nearby Pylon Lookout

BridgeClimb, Bridge Walk, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, Luna Park, Barangaroo Reserve, Darling Harbour, Botanical Gardens, Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Ferry to Manly, Watson Bay, Darling Harbour / Barangaroo, Parramatta.

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