The Sydney Tower Eye is an attraction that has been a part of the Sydney skyline since 1981.

In that time it has made a name for itself as an iconic Sydney landmark, offering some of the best panoramic views in the entire city.

Interestingly, it’s also one of the world’s safest buildings, able to survive both earthquakes and extreme wind.

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Sydney Tower Eye Attractions

Observation Deck

High up on the Sydney Tower Eye’s Observation Deck you have a chance to see Sydney’s sights from every single angle.

Panoramic views of everything from the Western Suburbs to the Blue Mountains are on display.

Visitors will also get a good look at Sydney Harbour’s interesting shoreline, including Botany Bay, not to mention a host of amazing beaches.

The Observation Deck now includes interactive touch screens with even more information about all the landmarks visible from the tower, and high-powered binoculars are also available.

SKYWALK 

Outside the Observation Deck, SKYWALK awaits where you can experience a 360 degree view of Sydney from 268 metres in the air.

See the city street beneath you through two specially constructed glass-floor viewing platforms as you experience a 45-minute guided tour of Sydney Tower’s famous golden turret, with insider’s commentary.

This is Sydney’s highest open air attraction, and offers views you won’t find anywhere else.

4D Cinema

New to the Sydney Tower Eye is a 4D Cinema Experience, featuring footage transporting visitors across Sydney Harbour, around the iconic coastline and to famous landmarks citywide.

The 4D Cinema uses engaging fourth dimension filming, and a ticket to the cinema is included with tickets on SKYWALK and to Observation Deck.

Sydney Tower Restaurants

Buffet

Treat your family or loved ones with an outrageous buffet lunch or dinner while enjoying the best view of Sydney.

There are over 55 dishes and desserts prepared everyday to cater to all tastes.

Traditional food from Asia, Europe, and of course local cuisine from Australia are available.

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360 Bar & Dining

Perfect for anniversaries or romantic dates, 360 Bar & Dining offers the best fine dining Sydney has to offer.

Enjoy an affordable 2 or 3 course menu for lunch or dinner

While you eat, the restaurant slowly rotates 360 degrees, showcasing the whole Sydney skyline. 

Entrees include specially made oysters, salmon, and scallops, while freshly prepared mains could be a variety of seafood and local meat.

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How to save money on Sydney Tower Eye

A number of Sydney’s main attractions are very close by, so it’s possible to maximise your day with a visit to 2 or more places.

You can combine a visit to Sydney Tower with Sea Life, Wild Life Zoo, and Madame Tussauds.

Book a Sydney Attractions Pass to save up to 45% off individual admission tickets.

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How to get to Sydney Tower Eye

  • Walk – In the middle of Sydney, on the corner of the Pitt Street Mall and Market Street. Located inside the Westfield Sydney Shopping Centre.
  • Bus – Catch any service on George Street (get off at Queen Victoria Building), or take any bus in Elizabeth Street (get off at Hyde Park or St James Station)
  • Train – Stop at either Town Hall or St James for a short walk.
  • Taxi – Ask for drop-off on the corner of Market and Pitt Streets, or Market and Castlereagh Streets.
  • Light Rail – Get off at Capitol Square and walk along Pitt Street.

History

The construction of the Sydney Tower and Centrepoint shopping centre started in the 1970s.

The first 52 shops opened in 1972 while the office section took 2 more years.

The last stage of the building was the Sydney Tower, which opened to the public in August 1981.

Interesting Facts

  • The golden turret of the tower can hold 960 people, and contains two restaurants, a coffee lounge, as well as the Observation Deck and other service levels.
  • From bottom to the very top, the Sydney Tower is 309 metres tall.
  • There are 3 double deck lifts to give access to the Observation Deck and restaurants.
  • Sydney Tower is the first building in Sydney to see dawn, and the last to see dusk.

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For all new cities, I go overboard on my itinerary, just to see every major attraction. Countries I've visited include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand. Mostly Asian countries. Next target - Europe!