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Sydney Tower Eye

The tallest building in Sydney offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.

TravelCurious Tip

Don’t forget that your pass for the Sydney Tower Eye will also give you access to several other attractions in the city, including Wild Life Sydney and the Sydney Aquarium.

It may not have quite the reputation of the Opera House or the Harbour Bridge, but Sydney Tower is one landmark that you quite literally cannot miss. At 309m tall, it is Australia’s tallest building, and while it is beaten to the title of tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere by Auckland’s Sky Tower, it is worth noting that the actual observation deck of the Sydney Tower sits fully 50m higher than that of its New Zealander counterpart. Designed by Donald Crone, construction on the tower began in 1975 and was completed six years later at a total cost of A$36 million. Since then, as well as being a major tourist attraction, the tower has been used as part of various celebrations, including as a launching platform for fireworks every New Years’ Eve. One of the more bizarre annual events hosted here is the Sydney Tower Run-Up, in which participants race up the 1,504 steps from Pitt Street Mall to the observation deck as quickly as they can.


Walking in the Air

The Sydney Tower Eye itself is the name given to the observation deck. Standing 250m above the Central Business District below, the views on a clear day are spectacular, ranging from the nearby beaches to the misty Blue Mountains some 50km distant. For the even more adventurous, you can step out onto the Skywalk for an extra fee. This mildly terrifying experience involves heading up another 18m to an entirely transparent outdoor viewing platform, where you can, after attaching yourself to a safety cord, walk around at your leisure, look down at the city directly below your feet, and even lean over the platform rail.


Nearby Attractions

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Hyde Park
An oasis of calm in Sydney's busy city centre, famed for its fig-lined avenues.
St Mary's Cathedral
Situated next to Hyde Park, St. Mary's is the most important church in Sydney - it's also the longest in Australia.
The Strand Arcade
This 19th century arcade is at the heart of downtown Sydney, and full of delightful boutique shops.
Sydney Town Hall
Built from local sandstone, Sydney's ornate town hall is a magnificent civic building.
City Skyline
The city's iconic silhouettes are best viewed from across Darling Harbour, the North Shore or from a ferry cruise.
State Library of NSW
Officially the oldest library in Australia, with a grand exterior to match its distinction.

Related Tours

Private Half Day Highlights of Sydney with local guide
You will start your tour at Circular Quay, famed as the main departure point for the city’s many ferries and also for the didgeridoo players close-by.  

Sydney Opera House

Your guide will lead you on a short walk to what is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the city: the iconic Sydney Opera House.  Set on a spit of land jutting out into Sydney Harbour, and opened in 1973 by Queen Elizabeth II, this centre for performing arts has won international acclaim for its style and beauty.  You will visit the outside the Sydney Opera House and take a look out at the magnificent panoramic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Downtown Sydney

Now heading inland, your guide will take you up Macquarie Street, stopping briefly to admire the State Library of New South Wales - the oldest public library in Australia.  At the end of Macquarie you’ll be faced by the lush greenery of Hyde Park, Sydney’s equivalent to Central Park in New York or the original Hyde Park in London.  Flanking one side of park is the imposing St. Mary’s Cathedral that is the current seat of the Archbishop of Sydney.

After a quick stop in the park, you’ll move across town through one of Sydney’s oldest shopping arcades, The Strand, before heading back to circular quay down high-rise George St.  This will be the perfect opportunity for your guide tell you the story of modern Sydney and how it has grown into the metropolis you see today.

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