Sydney Harbour Bridge Hosts 6,000 People For 'breakfast On The Bridge' 2

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October 25, 2009



NSW Premier Nathan Rees today confirmed the success of the first breakfast on the

Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For the first time in its history, Australia’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge closed today

for 6,000 people to enjoy the ultimate picnic breakfast. 

Dubbed ‘Breakfast on the Bridge’, the free event saw an Australian landmark

transformed into the ultimate family venue – including laying 10,000 square meters of

Kikuyu grass and the best of local produce and musicians showcased.

“This is Sydney at its very best and another extraordinary event proving we can do

anything,“ said Mr Rees.


“Images from the event will be sent around the world, highlighting once again our

amazing outdoor city. 

“The Government’s investment will be returned 10 fold by another boost to our world

class reputation,” Mr Rees said.

NSW Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay said Sydney is Australia’s premier events city

and Breakfast on the Bridge again demonstrates the city’s ability to host major events.

“This event is a fantastic international advertisement for the energy and vibrancy of

Sydney. Picnickers on the bridge were from all around the globe; there were several

birthday celebrations and even a successful marriage proposal during the

picnic,“ said Ms McKay.

NSW produce distributed included 9,500 Batlow Apples (Snowy Mountains), 7,000

handmade Cutterway Creek raspberry jam (Southern Highlands), 4,800 loaves of

Abbott’s Baker Bread (Sydney), 6,750 Yalla Yoghurt (Riverina) and 6,000 cups of

Mocopan coffee. 

Set to become an annual fixture on the Sydney events calendar, Breakfast on the

Bridge is part of Crave Sydney, a celebration of Sydney’s unmatched way of life with

31 days of food, outdoor art and fun during the month of October.

Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle has developed in response to a warm temperate climate

and an extraordinary natural environment, coupled with the breath taking beauty of

the harbour and famous architectural icons such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and

the World-Heritage listed Sydney Opera House.


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Media contact: 

Lee Davelaar

0418 269 508

Andrew Parkinson 

0447 202 091

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Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel span bridge

The Bridge arch spans 503 metres and rises to a height of 134 metres above

sea level

The 52,800 tonne steel structure supports eight lanes of traffic, two train lines,

a cycleway and a pedestrian footpath. 

Since 1989 more than 1.8 million people have climbed to the top of the span

with BridgeClimb for a supreme view over the city and harbour.

Although the massive stone pylons at the corners of the Harbour Bridge might

look impressive, they’re purely decorative. The roadway is supported solely

by the arching steel span. 

It takes 10 years and 30,000 litres of paint to apply one coat to the Sydney

Harbour Bridge, and the painting never stops.

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