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One of my all-time favourite things to do when visiting a city is to get up high, right above the skyline and just watch. The tiny cars moving below, the whole map of a place laid out in front of me and a distant horizon gets me every time. It’s safe to say that I have a head for heights!
From pretty much everywhere in Sydney you can see the distinctive Sydney Tower Eye. As Sydney’s tallest structure (309m) and the second tallest viewing platform in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere, I had to check it out. Getting to see panoramic views of this iconic city was, well, pretty jaw-dropping and it’s exciting to point out all the places in Sydney you can visit from above.
Where and when?
To get to the tower you need to go into the Westfield shopping centre on the corner of Pitt Street and head up to level 5 where you will see signs and then eventually the ticket office. The opening times vary slightly throughout the year and it’s definitely worth checking the website here as some days there’s a variation to closing time. However, normally the tower opens at 9 am and closes at 9.30pm between 26th April -2nd October and 10 pm between 3rd October-25th April. Take note that the last admission is an hour before closing!
As with all amazing viewpoints, the dream time is to go up there for sunset to watch it over the city so it’s a good idea to check sunset times if this is what you want. I ended up going up the Sydney Tower around midday as that was when the weather was clearest that day.
One great thing about visiting the Sydney Tower is the option of going up to the viewing deck at whatever time you want. It costs the same to just turn up at the ticket desk at the entrance as it does to buy a ticket online, and as long as it’s not crazy busy you can pretty much go right up. Super handy for those of you who might be struggling to find some decent wifi in Australia!
However, if you’re dying to go up the tower and are wanting to save a few bucks you can book a specific date and time for entry at a reduced cost. Just keep your fingers crossed for decent weather (trust me, it ain’t always sunny here). I decided to just buy on the day and went up early afternoon while the weather was clear.
Adult tickets are $28 for online or walk-ins or $19.60 if you choose a time and date. Pretty decent saving to be fair!
So what can you expect?
Included in the price of your ticket is a 4D film, complete with those awkwardly sized and shaped 3D glasses. Now, to be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting much from this but it was actually pretty awesome. Filming for this took place during the spectacular Vivid Sydney and it gives a birds-eye view of this fantastic city.
After this, you carry on into the lifts where you’re taken up 258 metres to the viewing deck. Up here you will find information about the views you see as well as binoculars to really get looking around. Oh, and of course, the 360 degree view the Sydney Tower is all about!
Here are some of my favourite photos to give you a taster of the Sydney Tower experience.
Pretty stunning views eh? Drop me a comment below and let me know where your favourite viewpoint in the world is!