Sunday, 18 March 2007

Sydney Harbour Bridge 75th Anniversary Bridge Walk

The 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was celebrated today. All lanes were closed and the coat hanger was open to the public to walk across. If you have ever driven across the icon, then you will understand the significances of people being allowed to walk casually along her lanes, north to south.

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The sound of historic events that the bridge has witnessed played as we walked

The signs that lined the way, just in case we forgot the occasion

Giles and I got the train from Central to North Sydney and walked down the middle of the Princess Highway towards the bridge.

Giles and thousands of others walked down the Princess Highway in North Sydney

All walkers were given a free hat. My friend Yasmin called as I was walking over the bridge for a chat. At the end of the conversation, I told her "Look out for me on TV, I'm wearing a yellow hat." Sorry Yaz, I really was :o)

Giles modeling his free hat even though people were told not to use this area for a photo op

There were more people than you can possibly imagine streaming constantly across all lanes of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from 10am until late in to the evening. Giles and I walked at our pre-booked time of 2-2:30PM.

Giles before we go on to the bridge

As we stepped on to the bridge

The NSW police were very helpful when people needed a moment digitally recorded

I have traveled across the Sydney Harbour Bridge many times by car and train and always looked up with awe. Having the opportunity to slowly stroll across the drive deck and gaze up at her truly was a memorable experience for me.

The yellow heads cross the bridge

All lanes were open south-bound

Looking north back from where we came from at Giles and his camera

Coming to the end of the walk

It was amazing to see the whole city surrounding the bridge closed down. People were walking in the middle of normally busy streets. Everyone was smiling.

Giles standing in the middle of usually bustling George St