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Friday 2nd October 2009

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Captain Francis De Groot’s Sword Returns to the Bridge to

Open BridgeClimb’s New Climb Base, New Climb and the

First Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre

Today, Friday 2nd October 2009, BridgeClimb Sydney launched its dramatic new Climb Base,

which is home to the first-ever Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre, as well as a new climbing

adventure called The Express Climb.

BridgeClimb’s Chairman and Founder, Mr. Paul Cave, officially opened the new Climb Base by

cutting a ribbon with the same historic sword that Captain Francis De Groot used to slash the

ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932. 

“It is an absolute pleasure to bring out this historic sword to officially open BridgeClimb’s new

Climb Base,” said Mr. Paul Cave. 

“This is the first time since that infamous event in 1932 that the sword has appeared in public at

the Sydney Harbour Bridge.” 

Located next to BridgeClimb’s original operation, BridgeClimb’s new Climb Base boasts a one-

of a-kind design,

inside a grand heritage


The architecture incorporates smart, stylish

features that create a theatrical experience for Climbers while still conserving energy


preserving the heritage of the space. 

An awesome 7.3 metre ceiling fan, which

can move up to 80,000 litres of air per minute,


been installed inside the Climb Base to cool Climbers on warmer days as

they prepare for their

Climb. Then, once Climbers are wearing their BridgeSuit, they will have the opportunity to walk

along a catwalk, which is suspended over the Climb Base’s Café and foyer, before they depart

for their Climb adventure on arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

The new Climb Base will also be home to the first-ever Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Centre.

Offering free entry and full disabled access, this will be the first fully accessible space situated in

and dedicated to Australia’s icon. Visitors will be welcome to immerse themselves in interactive

exhibits, display galleries and a 46 seat digital high definition cinema devoted to sharing the

stories of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from preconstruction to the present day.

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From today, Climbers will now have the choice of three amazing Climb adventures. The newest

experience, The Express Climb, is the fastest Climb to the top of the Bridge. The Express Climb

offers more of BridgeClimb’s team on hand to assist Climbers with a quicker Climb preparation.

Climbers will now have the opportunity to discover the wonders of this amazing structure and

the thrilling views of Sydney, in just over 2 hours.

The Express Climb will complement BridgeClimb’s two established 3.5 hour Climb experiences,

The Discovery Climb and The Bridge Climb. 

All three Climb experiences lead Climbers to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, are

available at Dawn, Day, Twilight and at Night, and will captivate Climbers from beginning to end. 

“We are proud to be able to share this Bridge with the world. This is a magnificent city, with a

magnificent harbour and there is nothing quite like standing at the summit of the Sydney

Harbour Bridge to experience it all,” said Mr. Paul Cave. 

A VNR of this event is available to download:

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