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Sydney Harbour Bridge offering Burrawa Aboriginal Climb Experience

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Known as one of Australia's most iconic landmarks, Sydney Harbour Bridge is celebrated for its BridgeClimb experience that allows tourists and locals to view and engage with the bridge first-hand. Whilst the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb is an experience that has been operating for many years, the popular tourist attraction has now introduced the Burrawa Aboriginal Climb Experience.

With a First Nations tour guide leading the way, climbers get an entirely new perspective (and 360-degree views) of Sydney whilst ascending the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

With Burrawa meaning upwards in Language, climbers are guided to the top of the bridge whilst learning about the deep roots of Aboriginal culture that shaped the city. First Nations tour guide will also share and discuss the origins of the names of famous landmarks surrounding the bridge.

Climbers participating in the Burrawa Bridge Climb. (Image: supplied)

Conceptualised by Artistic Director Wesley Enoch, Burrawa has been created to suit local Sydney siders, families, friends and visiting tourists. Guided by knowledgeable First Nations storytellers, visitors will be encouraged to look out to sea through Aboriginal eyes; look down on the shores where Patyegarang taught William Dawes the language of Sydney; and learn the origins of the familiar place names that circle the water's edge, Bennelong Point and Barangaroo.

BridgeClimb CEO David Hammon said that operating on an internationally-adored icon, the Burrawa experience is "a hallmark of our commitment to honour the knowledge and customs of First Nations People".

"This Indigenous storytelling climb is an opportunity for all Australians to uncover and enjoy the immersion of Aboriginal stories that have guided what we know as the modern City of Sydney," he said.

(Image: supplied)

Journeying along the upper arch of the Bridge, The Burrawa Climb runs on the bridge's Summit Climb Route. With the entire experience running for a total of three hours, climbers will receive a BridgeClimb cap, climb photo as well as a Certificate of Achievement for the completion of the climb.

Burrawa Climbs run twice weekly, every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:15am and 1:45pm. Whilst adult tickets are priced at $288 and children $126, a $20 donation goes to the bridge's charity partner Tribal Warrior – a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability.

The Burrawa Climb is also part of the bridge's ongoing commitments featured in their newest reconciliation action plan.

In addition to building cultural awareness with their Burrawa Climbs the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb reconciliation plan includes a commitment to Supporting and partnering with local First Nations businesses and organisations – including Tribal Warriors. Displaying respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures, building cultural awareness among our staff and offering further employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

BridgeClimb is also proud to have received an endorsement for their REFLECT Action Plan, thanks to Reconciliation Australia.

Climbers participating in the Burrawa Bridge Climb. (Image: supplied)

Offered as a unique opportunity to step through history with stories that span thousands of years to the present day, The Burrawa Climb is an informative and fun activity the whole family can enjoy.

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