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Written by Shrinivas on May 22, 2020 Share on

One-Stop Guide On The Sydney Tower

Being a member of the World Federation of Great Towers, the Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The Sydney Tower Eye, known as just The Sydney tower in common usage, is also the second tallest observation deck in the hemisphere. 

It is positioned on the market street between Pitt and Castlereagh streets. It houses a shopping centre on the bottom floors, The Sydney tower eye observation deck, Sydney tower dining and the Oztrek simulation. The tower is open to the public and is one of the must-visit attractions in the city. It is also the highest point in the city.  The tower provides panoramic views of the opera house, Bondi beach and even as far as blue mountains on clear days. 

Sydney tower
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The first plans for the Sydney tower were unveiled in March 1968, designed by Architect Donald Crone. The construction of the tower began in 1975 and the first public access was provided in August 1981. The tower stands at a whopping 309 metres above mean sea level. 

Getting there

It is located on market street between Pitt and Castlereagh streets which is at a walking distance from Sydney central business district. Multiple bus stops can be found around the landmark. Another best way to reach the place would be to use your own self-drive car if you are planning on taking a road trip to Australia. A lot of Hop on Hop off busses also stop at this landmark. 

Sydney tower
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Operation hours

The Sydney Tower is open on all days between 10 am to 8 pm, with the last entry an hour before the scheduled closing time. One 3 specific days I.e, 12 November, 25th December and 31st December the tower closes at 6 pm itself. 

General Tips

Being a popular destination it is a must-visit amongst families and first-time visitors to Sydney. Keeping the convenience in mind, the tower is completely wheelchair accessible. Skip the line admission Tickets can be pre-booked. If you experience bad weather during your visit, you’ll receive a pass that allows you to return to the tower free of charge within seven days of first entry.

Things to do

The Sydney tower observation deck

The observation deck is the highest viewpoint in the city, provide a breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the beautiful city. The iconic spots that can be seen from this tower include the Blue Mountains, Darling Harbour, The Coathanger or the Sydney Bridge, The Rocks, Sydney football stadium, Sydney cricket ground, Bondi Beach and Sydney airport. Skip the line admission tickets can be pre-booked and since it’s indoor activity weather would not be playing a significant role here. 

Sydney view
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The Sydney tower Skywalk

The skywalk is a high adrenaline adventure that offers incomparable and stunning views of the city and its harbour.  You will be provided with safety gear and tethered as you walk out on to the platforms extending over the edge of the highest structure in the city. The experience is accompanied by an expert guide who will provide all the necessary information in this daredevil attraction.

The skywalk admission ticket can be pre-booked and comes inclusive of complimentary entry to the 4D cinematic experience and admission to the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. 

Other Sections

A total of 4 sections is open to the public, out of which 3 are occupied by Sydney tower dining. It consists of a 360 bar and dining which provides a revolving view of the city. The second level houses the Sydney tower Buffet, a contemporary self-select restaurant. The third level is home to the highest event space in the southern hemisphere, STUDIO. 

Nearby Attractions

Once the experience in sky tower is complete, one can head out to Hyde Park which is a few minutes away. Several landmarks including the heritage-listed Anzac Memorial, the Sandringham Memorial Fountain, and a statue of Captain Cook can be found in the Hyde Park. It is also close to both the St. James and Museum metro stations. 

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Australia itself would be during the warmers days in December to February. It is the peak season time and attracts visitors from all around the globe. If thin crowds and off-peak rates are the goal of your trip, then off-peak season between February and march or October and November would be the ideal time to plan the trip. The days are considerably warm and relatively dry. Whether it’s blazing sunshine, cloudy, breezy, nighttime or even misty, there’s always something to see up here at the highest point in Sydney. Visiting the tower close to sunset is best recommended as one can catch spectacular skyscraping views from the vantage point. 

Additional information

The minimum age of admission into the tower would be 8 years and minimum height should be around 3 feet. Cameras would be allowed in the skywalk, safety lockers are available for use. However one can purchase professional photos at an additional cost. Guests need to wear pants or shorts, no dresses or skirts would be allowed onto the skywalk. 

The golden turret at the top of the tower has a full size of 960 passengers. Three high-speed double-deck lifts, each with a range of 8 to 10 passengers, allow transport to the observation deck. Depending on wind conditions the lifts fly at complete, half, or quarter level. The lifts reach the Ground level in approximately 45 seconds at the top speed.

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