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Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Eye is in the heart of the CBD (corner of Market Street and the Pitt Street Mall) and is a fabulous way to get your bearings with the ultimate view of the city and beyond.

The first thing that will amaze is the speed the lift travels to get you soaring close to 300 metres above the city – it is the tallest building in the city and twice the height of the harbour bridge. The spire above the Tower is used for telecommunications and navigation purposes. The golden turret can hold 960 people and has two levels of restaurants, a coffee lounge and the popular Observation Deck (the ‘Eye’).

You can stroll around the Observation Deck and take in the sights from every point on the compass – to the west you will see the Blue Mountains with the spread of the western suburbs in the foreground. To the south you can see busy Sydney Airport and Botany Bay. Look to the east to see the beaches, some of the city’s richest real estate and the Pacific Ocean through the harbour heads. From here you can move to the view to the north, over the magnificent harbour to the leafy northern suburbs.

Not only is the building extremely tall, it is also one of the world’s safest structures, being capable of withstanding extreme wind conditions and earthquakes.

The SKYWALK experience is a special attraction that extends the viewing experience with a shot of adrenalin and its own unique reward. SKYWALK was constructed in 2005 at a cost of around $4 million it and allows visitors to feel like they are walking on air, 268 metres above the city with the streets directly below their feet. The tour around the outside of the golden turret takes around 45 minutes and as well as the views that go for some 80km, two glass viewing platforms give a birds-eye view of the city streets that might make you feel a bit like Spiderman.

There’s the opportunity to have a photo on the glass floor platform with the stunning harbour as the backdrop. For safety reasons (for those below) you can’t take your own camera/phone on the walk (lockers are provided for your personal items). While you think it may be just for extreme thrillseekers, for many visitors it has been described as serene, uplifting and informative. But you will feel like a thrillseeker!

SKYWALK is for ages 8 years and over and participants need to take a breath test to have a blood alcohol reading under 0.05%. Participants are provided with an all-in-one jump suit, attachments are on-hand for prescription glasses/sunglasses and you should wear flat, enclosed, non-slip shoes. The walk operates from 10:00am to 8:00pm (October to April) and 10:00am to 7:00pm (May to September). SKYWALKS run in all weather conditions except electrical storms or extremely high winds. If you are in a wheelchair, you can also do the ‘walk’ but they do need advance notice. You can visit the official Sydney Tower Eye website here for more information.

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