REPORT: 12% of drivers on the Harbour Bridge are only there because they took a wrong turn in the city

LAP OF HONOUR: Sydney’s complex road network is catching out a growing number of drivers who are finding themselves on the Harbour Bridge, against their will.

A new report by the NRMA has found a staggering 12% of north-bound motorists are on the bridge by mistake after taking a wrong turn in the CBD..

“Yesterday I was driving in Woolloomooloo heading into the city when all of a sudden I was on the Cahill Expressway with no way of turning around,” says one Rose Bay man.

“The only way to get back to the city was to drive all the way to North Sydney and do a loop around Berry Street and then head back east.”

Drivers around the city say it’s a humbling and frustrating mistake to make. And it’s an expensive one too, with peak hour bridge tolls setting drivers back $4 each way.

The NRMA’s report blames confusing road signs and misleading GPS instructions.

“I have absolutely no interest or any reason to go to North Sydney, but despite that, I find myself there at least a few times a month,” says one Dover Heights woman.