The Pylon Lookout

The Bridge’s four pylons are primarily aesthetic, with the South-East Pylon being open to the public since 1934 and today’s home of the Pylon Lookout Museum.

Climb 200 steps, through 3 levels of exhibits, to the very top of the Pylon, where you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the city of Sydney, it’s stunning harbour and the Harbour Bridge itself.  Find out how the Sydney Harbour Bridge was constructed, the people behind its design and build, plus the stories and historical images of the opening celebration, including rare video footage, as you wander up to the open-air lookout.



We are open 10am-5pm (last entry 4.45pm) every day except Christmas Day.

Every BridgeClimb ticket comes with a complimentary free entry pass to the Pylon Lookout Museum.

Individual tickets can be purchased via credit/debit card only (we do not accept cash payments) for:

  • General admission (13 years and over) $25.00
  • Concession (valid senior/student) $15.00
  • Children (5-12 years, inclusive) $10.00
  • Children (4 years and under) FREE

Prices are AUD, inclusive of GST and valid from 16th June 2019.

If you are planning a group excursion, please contact us for further information.



The Museum contains a comprehensive collection of educational displays and artefacts that celebrate the construction of the Bridge, sharing the challenges of our forefathers.

Level 1


Using life size models and replica structures, place yourself as part of the “dangerous work” of that period to imagine the bravery required with the available tools.

In the central chamber, discover the skill and dedication of the various tradesmen who made the bridge via stained glass memorial feature windows.

Ponder over a showcase display of original artefacts, including memorabilia from JJC Bradfield (Chief Engineer) and Paul Cave (BridgeClimb Founder).  Including the camera used by Reverend Frank Cash to document the Bridge during construction.

Watch a short audio-visual presentation featuring rare images taken during the construction and opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 19 March 1932.


Level 2

Displays examine why it took so long to realise a Harbour Bridge and the engineering challenges that such a steel arch presented.

Suspended from the ceiling you will find a model representing the day the arches joined (19 August 1930), illustrating the centre pin that was used to fasten the arches together.

Browse through the souvenir shop and enjoy two observation balconies on the East and West side to preview the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour.



Explore the glamorous early years of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with displays documenting the evolution of the South East Pylon.

With a focus on the official opening ceremony of the Bridge; including infamous Captain Francis De Groot, who charged through the opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, slashing the ribbon with his sword.  And a showcase display of original bridge souvenirs and memorabilia of the time including china, glassware, letter openers, medallions and tea tins.




See the best Sydney has to offer, from an incredible vantage point, including the world-famous landmarks: the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

The glass view finder at the 360-degree observation area will guide you to locate Sydney’s surrounding suburbs, seeing as far out as the Olympic Stadium in Homebush Bay and the Blue Mountains!  It also indicates the Indigenous clans and known sites.

The indoor viewing area provides the experience of Sydney sights in wet weather. Here you can also explore the “Facts and Figures” display featuring a series of answers to common questions. Find out how many rivets were used to make the bridge, or how people crossed the harbour before the Bridge was built; there are plenty of interesting facts to discover and take with you.



Access is via the pedestrian pathway on the Eastern side of the Bridge from the city side (use the ‘Bridge Stairs’ or pedestrian lift in Cumberland Street, The Rocks). If you are coming from the North side, use the steps or lift near Milsons Point Railway Station.  Please note the entrance is not accessible from the base of the Pylon at Dawes Point Park.




T: +61 2 9240 1100


The honour roll has been compiled since 2000 to recognise the individuals who worked on the construction of Sydney’s famous icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, between 1922-1932; including remembrance of the 16 men who lost their lives from injuries sustained on the job.

If you have a relative or friend that is not included on this roll, please download the form attached in order that we can be sure to include them in permanent memory.

Pylon Workers Form


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