Sydney Harbour Bridge access lifts - Access projects - Sydney Harbour Bridge precinct


Project overview

The experience of being on the deck of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is now more accessible with lifts to the bridge’s walkway now operational.

Project information

Lifts are now operational

The Sydney Harbour Bridge Access Lifts are now open and operational 24 hours a day.

We are still working at The Rocks site to complete landscaping and refurbishment work of the City of Sydney building on Cumberland Street next to the new lift. Work at the northern lift has now been completed.

Project overview

Roads and Maritime Services has installed lifts to the Sydney Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway at Kirribilli and The Rocks to ensure everybody can enjoy the experience of being on one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks.

Roads and Maritime Services carried out extensive work to investigate preferred locations for the lift access, taking into account the heritage value, accessibility standards, visual impacts and integration with the existing structure.

What happened during the upgrade

Construction of the new lifts was completed between March 2018 and December 2018.
Work to build the new lifts involved:

  • setting up site compounds and installing construction signage
  • removing part of the City of Sydney building at 7 Cumberland Street, The Rocks and landscaping the area
  • removing two trees on Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • installing one lift on Broughton Street, Kirribilli
  • installing one lift on Cumberland Street, The Rocks
  • building new platforms to connect the lifts to the existing walkway
  • removing and relocating existing utilities
  • removing and replacing 300 metres of asphalt and adjusting the stormwater system at the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge pedestrian walkway

Community information

Community engagement

The Review of Environmental Factors was on display for public feedback in November 2017. Roads and Maritime has prepared a report responding to all of the issues raised in the submissions received.

View or download the Submissions Report.


Artist's impression of the proposed lift at Cumberland St, The Rocks.


Artist's impression of the proposed lift at Broughton St, Kirribilli.

Project documents

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Project updates

Project notifications

Construction updates


Media releases

  • October 2018
    Lift Off!! Sydney Harbour Bridge enjoys another milestone.

Contact us

For further information about this project, please contact:

Phone: 1800 581 595