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Daily Daydream: Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia

The best views in Sydney await you from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. With the help of guides, you can latch on to a safety line and scale the bridge, all the way up, until you’re 400 feet above the city. Choose the express climb to summit through the inner arch, or wind your way to the top via the catwalks, giving you a full picture of the bridge’s engineering. At the peak, views of the city and the famous Opera House await.

The climb takes anywhere from two hours and 15 minutes to three and a half hours, which is a lot of time to panic, if you’re afraid of heights. Luckily, the bridge guides are well trained in dealing with acrophobia, and can help even the most terrified to the top. Be warned though, climbs go in all weather (even rain)!

Although the climb will present some of the most magnificent views you’ve ever seen, you’ll have to settle for mental pictures, as climbers are not allowed to bring cameras. (Guides will take a group photo for you, though.) Be prepared to shell out for this experience, as the cheapest adult tickets start at 198 AUD (around $204 USD).

Where is it? Sydney, Australia.

Where to stay? When it reopens in February, be one of the first people to stay in the brand new rooftop suites at the Park Hyatt Sydney. Until then, stay at the 150-year old boutique Harbour Rocks Hotel, located within walking distance of the bridge.

What else should I know? Definitely don’t have a drink to steady your nerves before climbing. Everyone must take a breathalyzer test before being allowed to start the journey, and anyone who fails will have their (very expensive) ticket cancelled.

Who’s it for? Anyone who wants to conquer a fear of heights, adrenaline junkies, climbers.

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