Burrawa Bridge Climb

Climb a Sydney icon while learning more about Indigenous culture.
Olivia Gee
Published on May 30, 2022


Scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a breathtaking experience — both because of the stunning views and the 1332 steps it takes to reach the summit. But to fully appreciate this icon and the surrounding region, you need to understand the Indigenous culture and history it stands within.

Burrawa, meaning 'upwards' or 'above' in local language, is a bridge climb led by Indigenous tour guides. As you ascend the Coathanger, your guide will explain the significance of Indigenous landmarks around the harbour, share local Dreamtime stories and detail the history of prominent First Nations figures, like Bennelong, Barangaroo and Patyegarang, who interacted with early European colonists, sharing knowledge, language and resistance.

Images: Destination NSW


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