The skyline of downtown Sydney doesn’t particularly stand out and the city’s image is mostly defined by its port. But one exception is the Sydney Tower, approximately as tall as the Eiffel Tower. The rest of the city, including the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, are dwarfed by this 309-metre-high giant.
The Sydney Tower stands in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD). The tower is relatively new and was completed in 1981. In its short life span it has undergone several name changes. Most recently, the building was named the Sydney Tower Eye. However, locals simply refer to the building as the Sydney Tower. Several restaurants in the tower offer spectacular views of the city. The top floor serves as the observation deck.
Today, high-speed elevators whisk visitors to the top of the tower in 40 seconds. The upper section of the tower is a golden ‘basket’ with 420 windows spread out over 8 floors. Two floors are home to an à la carte restaurant and a self-service buffet-style restaurant. Both eateries revolve but in opposite directions. In 2005, a Skywalk was installed above the restaurants. This vertiginous platform with a glass floor extends 268 metres above the streets of Sydney. The Skywalk is only accessible as part of a pre-booked guided tour.
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