Proclaimed as Australia’s “Harbour City”, Sydney may not be the country’s capital, but it is definitely the attraction capital. With a glittering waterfront decorated by the mammoth Sydney Harbour Bridge, the elegant Sydney Opera House, and the bustling city centre, there’s no dearth of things to see and enjoy here. One such brilliance is Sydney Tower, also known as Sydney Skytower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower, and Centrepoint Tower. It dominates the skyline at a height of about 85 km (53 mi) and allows a breathtaking bird’s-eye view of the city. But the view is not all that there is to this landmark. In addition to an observation deck, visitors can enjoy other activities and meals with a view. Here’s a guide to Sydney Tower that curates the best experiences you can’t miss out on.
Things to do / Highlights
Catch breathtaking views
Sydney Tower, at a height of about 250 m (820 ft), has an indoor observation deck. It is the perfect spot to catch brilliant, 360-degree views of Sydney’s skyline and even other landmarks such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and all of Darling Harbour. If the weather conditions are by your side, you’ll even be able to see as far as the Blue Mountains, about 80 km (50 mi) away! A new 4D feature has also been added to give visitors an upgraded experience. Pro tip: Try timing your visit around sunset to add an extra bit of awesome to the viewing experience!
Head to the Skywalk
Skywalk is a section of Sydney Tower’s observation deck. However, unlike the usual viewing decks, Skywalk is an outdoor, glass-floored extension that allows a cool viewing experience wherein visitors are able to see straight down below. This is on the tower’s fifth level. You can even opt for one of the many excellent guided tours available for this.
360 Bar and Dining
Perched on the fourth level of Westfield Sydney, the revolving 360 Bar and Dining offers the best panoramic views as well as sumptuous fares amidst a posh ambience. The restaurant is open for lunch from 12 pm to 4 pm and from 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm for dinner on all days of the week.
Sydney Tower Buffet
Occupying the space on the tower’s second level, Sydney Tower Buffet, as the name suggests, specializes in buffet dining. They host fantastic buffet lunches and dinners, featuring an array of international dishes and some zingy cocktails. Several tiers of each of the lunch and dinner buffets are available, so you can choose one that suits you best.
Pro tip: Both Sydney Tower Buffet and 360 Bar and Dining offer an exclusive Window Table Package for those of you who want to be seated just by the window for uninterrupted views! Check with the restaurant concierge for more details on this.
The fifth floor has a casual food court with multiple cafes and restaurants. If you don’t want the upscale experience of the restaurants mentioned above, then this is the place for you. Do note that the entrance of the food court and Sydney Tower Eye is separate, so don’t expect re-entry into the latter once you’ve exited.
Important note: While you’re allowed to bring in food and snacks of your own into the tower, remember that there are no designated areas for sitting and eating these.
Sydney Tower Buffet Rotating Restaurant
Duration: 1.5 hour
Things to buy
You’ll find this on Sydney Tower’s fourth level. You can access this gift shop without necessarily purchasing the admission ticket for the Sydney Tower Eye. It is a great place to pick up a keepsake or souvenir. However, remember that the items here may be a tad overpriced.
Aside from being a popular landmark, there’s also a shopping centre at the tower’s base known as Westfield Sydney. It is a mall featuring a range of stores such as high-end boutiques, everyday labels, and other exclusive showrooms.
Avoid peak hours
Given the tower’s popularity, it is heavily crowded on weekends and holidays. Avoid heading there on these days and choose to visit on a weekday to be able to enjoy everything at ease.
All of Sydney Tower’s areas are wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly. There’s excellent wheelchair access all across, service dogs are allowed, and parents can take buggies or pushchairs everywhere. Baby-changing rooms and separate washrooms for males, females, and those with special needs are also available. If you think you may require wheelchair assistance from the management at the tower, do let them know in advance.
How to get there
Sydney Tower is conveniently located in the city’s Central Business District, so it can be easily reached by all modes of transport.
St James, Martin Place, and Town Hall stations are an easy 5 to 10 minutes’ walking distance from the tower.
These are among the most feasible means in and around Sydney. City Centre is the closest Monorail Station to get to Sydney Tower.
Several buses ply to and from Sydney Tower, specifically those along Elizabeth Street, George Street, and Castlereagh Street. You can hitch any one of these and get dropped at an easy 5 to 10 minutes’ walking distance.
Local taxis or Uber are another way of getting to the tower. Just ask to be dropped at the corner of Market and Castlereagh or Market and Pitt - you’ll be at the tower’s doorstep!
You always have an option of driving down to Sydney Tower in a rented or private vehicle. There’s a good provision for parking, as mentioned below.
You’ll find plenty of parking near Sydney Tower. Car parks at Darling Park, Citipark, 383 Kent Street, Darling Quarter, and 321 Kent Street are all within an easy distance. All of these have varying timings and fares, so it’s best you check Sydney Tower’s official website for updated information.
You can easily purchase admission tickets here. Else, there are ticket kiosks on-site as well. You can even go in for some great experiences curated by third-party providers such as Klook.
Oftentimes, pro travellers also invest in an Ultimate Sydney Pass that includes admission into Sydney Tower as well as a few other city attractions such as the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussauds, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and others. This ticket has a 30-day validity and costs about 140 USD per person. There are plenty of other tickets that permit admission into two, three, and even four attractions. These are valid for 30 days and cost about 50 USD onwards. You can check out formal details on Sydney Tower’s official website.
Sydney Tower Eye Ticket
Sydney Tower information
Address: Sydney Westfield Centre, Between Pitt & Castlereagh Streets, Sydney NSW 2000
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
Official website: Sydney Tower
Department of tourism: Sydney Tourism
Sydney Attraction Pass: Sydney Tower Eye, Aquarium & More
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