♖Sydney Tower Eye♖
Our destination of choice – today, Sydney Tower Eye!
We took the Monorail to get there and before long, we arrived at our destination station!
Fast and easy – wonderful service!
Sydney Tower Eye is Sydney’s tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia.
It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.
The tower stands 1,014 ft above the Sydney central business district – CBD, located on Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets.
It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, and sits upon the newly refurbished Westfield Sydney.
The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs.
The shopping center at the base of the tower is run by the Westfield Group.
Westfield Sydney, is a VERY upscale & high-end shopping centre operated by the Westfield Group and located right beneath the Sydney Tower Eye in Sydney – Central Business District, Australia.
About Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower Eye – often referred to by Sydneysiders as Sydney Tower, Centrepoint Tower, AMP Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower or Sydney Skytower, amongst other names – has been an integral part of the famous Sydney skyline for the past 30 years.
Construction of Sydney Tower Centrepoint shopping center began in the late 1970’s with the first 52 shops opening in 1972. The office component was completed in 1974 and the final stage of the complex, the Sydney Tower, was opened to the public in August 1981.
Ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world, the striking design has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions.
Pay the Sydney Tower Eye a visit to find out more about this iconic Sydney landmark!
Sydney Tower construction
The construction of Sydney Tower is an interesting tale of engineering and quality construction.
Pre-made individual barrel units formed the shaft of the tower and the four levels of the turret structure were constructed at the base of the shaft and raised to the top as work progressed.
The shaft supporting the turret is made up of 46 barrels units, each weighing 27 tonnes. These were brought on to the site in seven pieces and welded together. Once the first three sections were in place, a gantry crane was erected to hoist the remaining 43 barrel units.
Each barrel unit was completed with lift rails, stairwells and hydraulic risers before hoisting. The shaft contains two sets of fire stairs, fire, electrical and plumbing ducts in one half and the lift shafts in the remainder.
Once the tower structure was complete, the spire was erected. This was done in two parts, by placing one half and then lifting the top section onto the bottom section. The crane did not have the reach to lift the spire from the top, so it was lifted from the side. This was achieved despite the difficulties of maintaining adequate balance.
And as we ascended the Sydney Tower, guess who we saw?!
“Oh! I’m sorry, we thought that was really you!!”
4D Cinema – is included in all tickets!
Your Sydney Tower Eye experience begins on the ground floor, with fascinating facts about Sydney adorning the walls – and it’s just a taste of things to come with the 4D cinema just around the corner.
Your ticket includes the 4D cinema experience – it’s the first of its kind in Sydney and the first produced in Australia – where you can uncover a new dimension to Sydney through a whole new perspective.
The 4D cinema at Sydney Tower Eye transports you across Sydney Harbour and its iconic landmarks.
About the 4D Cinema
Uncover a new dimension to Sydney with the brand new 4D Cinema Experience. See what makes Sydney the city it is through a whole new perspective with spectacular footage transporting you across Sydney Harbour, its famous coastline, iconic landmarks and events that are integral to the city.
The engaging film experience is taken to the fourth dimension with evocative in-theater effects including wind, bubbles and fire – the perfect way to get to know the inspiring city of Sydney.
The Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck offers you the ultimate view of Sydney where you’ll enjoy a horizon-to-horizon panorama – and beyond.
Imagine a tour of Sydney from 250 metres above the streets!
Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views of the beautiful harbor city.
Stroll around and take in the sights from every point of the compass – the Blue Mountains are right there to the west, with the sprawling Western Suburbs in the foreground.
From the distant Blue Mountains to the golden beaches, you’ll definitely be amazed by the views!
Looking toward the north, marvel at the Harbor’s intricate shoreline in incredible detail, while the view further south reveals the bustling Sydney Airport all the way through to historic Botany Bay.
Meanwhile, in the distance, the view facing the east will take your breath away with Sydney’s famous party precincts and beach side playgrounds leading to an unmatched view of the Pacific Ocean through the famous harbor heads.
The newly renovated Observation Deck offers State-of-the-art technology, including high powered binoculars and multilingual touchscreens provide an interactive introduction to some of Sydney’s famous landmarks – offer you a more personalized experience.
These panels tell every visitor interesting facts about the famous landmarks they are looking at.
With both day and night viewing available, there’s simply no better place to experience the beauty of one of the world’s most picturesque cities.
SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye is Sydney’s highest outdoor adventure!
You’ll be walking on air 268 meters above stunning Sydney, with the city streets directly beneath your feet. Look down through the glass floor viewing platform for a bird’s-eye perspective of the bustling city below, as part of a 45 minute guided tour around the outside of the iconic golden turret of Sydney Tower.
At exactly twice the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, SKYWALK is Sydney’s highest open air attraction and offers an unparalleled perspective of the incredible harbor city.
An experienced guide gives you an insider’s commentary on the amazing sights and landmarks of Sydney, and there’s also an opportunity to have your photograph taken on the glass floor platform with the jaw-dropping harbor as your backdrop.
There really is no other experience quite like SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye!
For an unforgettable Sydney experience, step onto SKYWALK, now!
Fun Facts about Sydney Tower
- In the film Mission: Impossible 2, the tower is seen in several stunning shots. It is usually shown whenever the CBD of Sydney appears.
- In the 2005 Hallmark Channel film Supernova, the tower is destroyed by meteors flying from a supernova.
- The tower is featured in the 1995 film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, where a CGI simulation is used as a weapon by the main villain Ivan Ooze in the climatic battle before it is rebuilt.
- In the last Japanese Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars, the tower is destroyed when the alien antagonists teleport Zilla into the city. Zilla is later defeated by the real Godzilla, destroying the Sydney Opera House in the process.
And finally, last two shot’s from Sydney Tower Eye – of 2 very important monuments situated in Hyde Park, down below.
-St. Mary’s Cathedral & The Anzac War Memorial-
That’s where we’re heading now:
Hyde Park was named after the original Hyde Park in London.
Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park. It’s also one of the most well-known. With just over 16 hectares of wide open space in the heart of central Sydney, there is no shortage of lush grass if you want to claim a small piece of land for an impromptu picnic, or simply have a seat and take a breather.
You’ll always be able to spot sunbathers clustered around in twos and threes, lazily soaking up the sun’s rays. There are also plenty of benches in the park if you want to put your feet up without ruining your Sunday best!
As well as some serious grass acreage, Hyde Park is home to hundreds of big, leafy trees that offer cool shade for a break from the sun.
The tranquil setting is popular among office workers who want some fresh air, a quick siesta or some time out from the concrete jungle. The central pathway through the park is an impressive, tiled, fig lined road linking the park to it’s other features.
Park Street splits the park in half, in the middle and the 2 sections are officially referred to as Hyde Park north and Hyde Park south.
Several monuments stand guard in Hyde Park north, the most notable of which is the Archibald Fountain, a gift from JF Archibald, who also gave Sydney the Archibald Prize for portraits.
You can’t miss the fountain, which is ranked in the list of Top 3 most beautiful fountains in the world. Look for the big water feature dripping in ancient mythology. A bronze Apollo is surrounded by horses’ heads, dolphins and tortoises.
History buffs, veterans and their families should head to Hyde Park south, where they’ll find the Anzac Memorial and the Pool of Reflection, among the other monuments and statues.
The Anzac War Memorial is a 1934 art deco tribute to the Anzac soldiers who fell in the first world war. The memorial stands 30 meters above the pool of remembrance and there is a photograph exhibition underneath the building.
Parties and special events find a spot in the park throughout the year. It has hosted the Sydney Food and Wine Fair, the launch of NAIDOC, the week-long Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander celebration, and quite a few pop-up events for the renowned Sydney Festival.
Over the summer months especially, the Park is a hive of activity, particularly during the Festival of Sydney when there is plenty of free entertainment.
Here, you’re even able to spot the magnificent Sydney Tower Eye, in the distance.
The western, or Elizabeth Street side, at the Bathurst Street entrance of the park sits beside the 125 foot Obelisk decorated with Egyptian features. It was erected in 1857 and unveiled by the then Mayor, George Thornton.
But the monument is actually a sewer vent, and soon the joke around town was to call it ‘Thornton’s Scent Bottle’.
Further south from here is another Middle Eastern inspired monument by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows dedicated to the fallen Sydneysiders of the Great War.
Today the only reminder of its early 19th century competitive heritage is the huge playable chess set that features on the western side of the Park.
Hyde park is also home to St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Feel free to check it out, I did a post on it previously – Link above!
We took the Monorail back the way we came.
And headed for…
Home sweet home.
Desperately needed some sleep as we didn’t get any, the night before.
After waking up later in the evening, i suppose we’re not gonna get any sleep tonight either!
Well..That’s it for now!
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