Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge has been celebrating the 80th anniversary since it was opened.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been celebrating 80 years since it was first opened to the public.

After taking ten years to construct, the iconic green metal curved suspension bridge was opened for traffic for the first time on March 19th 1932.

In order to mark the event, a special 1930s-style picnic was held close to the landmark on Sunday March 18th, with big bands, historic displays and vintage fashion shows all held to get the day off with a swing.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra also gave a special performance from the top of the bridge – affectionately known as the coathanger -which is 134 metres above the bridge’s base.

While many people will head to Sydney Harbour in order to see the iconic view of the bridge close to the Opera House, this view is a relatively new addition to the area, as it was only officially opened in 1973.

Written by Ruth Norris

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