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22/09/2008

The Coathanger, Harbour Bridge, Sydney


These two photos were taken in Sydney, Australia, and are showing Harbour Bridge, a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The bridge is locally nicknamed The Coathanger because of its arch-based design, although this usage is less prevalent than it once was.The bridge was designed and built by Dorman Long and Co Ltd and was the city's tallest structure until 1967. It is the world's widest long-span bridge and its tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 metres from top to water level. It is also the fourth-longest spanning-arch bridge in the world. See also previous post on Harbour Bridge Climb.

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