Day 34, Up and Over...

Sydney Travel Blog

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This morning we were up very ealry to ring the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb to find out if there was any chance we could do the climb this afternoon. There was and the climb was booked for 13:25. First we headed into town and walked through the Queen Victoria Building. We didnt have long here, and then it was time for the bridge. When we got there we first had to get 'suited up,' take and alcohol breath test and do practice the walk on a simulator. Then the two hour climb began. We were chained on the whole way for safety and had headsets to listen to the commentary given by our climb leader. It was very interesting, for example, 16 people were killed in the building of the bridge, 3 falling from the top. Also, on fell ffrom 182ft but survived as he was a diver so knew to hit the water perfectly feet first, throwing a spanner which he fell with in first so that he hit broken water and then swam to a boat. He broke 2 ribs and an arm and the soles of his boots had to be removed in an operation from the bottom of his feet, and the rest of the boots from his groin! We also learned quite a bit about the Opera House...There are 1000 rooms, it weighs 3 times more than the bridge and it was estimated that it would cost $7million to complete but it actually cost $102million! Im pretty sure the city will have reaped back the cost through tourism because of the building by now. At the top we took loads of pictures which we saw and bought when we had trodden the last of the roughly 2000 steps. Our feet were quite tired at the end but the views were amazing and defintely worth the effort and the price. We then bought some delicious ice creams and sat in the park watching England getting beaten embarrasingly in the Ashes. I cannot wait for tomorrow seen as at around half 3/4 we will be.......SKY DIVING!!!!!! WOOOO HOOO!
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