Sydney Tower Eye has been a popular tourist attraction in the city, for the last 30 years.
It is often referred to as Sydney Tower.
Sydney Tower has an observation deck at a height of 250 meters (820 feet) and offers a 360-degree view of Sydney skyline.
In this article, we try and share everything you need to know before visiting Sydney Tower.
1. How to reach
2. Opening hours
3. Best time to visit
4. What to see
5. Tour duration
6. Ticket discount
7. Sydney Tower tickets
8. What is visible?
10. Sydney Tower Buffet
11. 360 Bar and Dining
How to reach Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower Eye stands in the Westfield shopping center and is connected to all the corners of the city.
Just walk to the corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market street, and you can’t miss the Tower.
Go up to the 5th floor of the Mall and follow the signs to the admissions desk.
The nearest train stations to this Sydney attraction are St. James, Town Hall, and Martin Place.
The St.James station is just 2-minute walk away and Town Hall and Martin Place only 5 to 10 minutes.
There are several bus stops near Sydney Tower.
Sydney Tower is the last stop for some buses and some move further into the city.
The Sydney Tower Eye is close to numerous bus routes that terminate in or pass through the city.
Catch any bus that goes along George Street, Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street and get down at the Westfield Sydney stop.
Book a cab and let them know that you want to be dropped at the corner of Market and Pitt or Market and Castlereagh.
Most taxi drivers will know the Sydney Tower as well.
You can get special discounts on parking charges starting at only 13 dollars.
Just find your spot in one of these Wilson’s parking garages:
Sydney Tower opening hours
Sydney Tower is open all through the year.
This Sydney attraction opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm, daily.
The last entry up on the Sydney Tower observatory is at 8 pm.
Due to multiple reasons, on a few days, the Sydney Tower Eye opening hours vary –
6 March: Last entry at 5 pm and closing time at 6 pm
25 December: Opens time at 10 am with last entry at 5 pm. Closes at 6 pm
31 December: Last admission is at 6 pm and closing time at 7 pm
Best time to visit Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower is a popular attraction, so tourists are always trickling in.
If you follow two rules, any time of the day can be an excellent time to visit –
1. Check the weather while planning your visit. The best time and day to visit any observatory is when the skies are clear.
2. Buy the Sydney Tower tickets online, so you don’t have to wait in the ticketing line
Sydney Tower Eye at sunset
The best time to reach Sydney Tower is an hour before sunset. Sydney’s sunset times
It is sure to be crowded, but you can see the Sydney skyline in three different lights – during daylight, twilight and night time.
The sunset views also make for great photographs. Book your sunset visit
Sydney Tower at night
Even though the last entry at Sydney Tower is a bit early – at 8 pm, it can be a good, romantic night out.
Sydney at night from Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck is all lit up and magical.
Tourists who have done the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb during day time, love to visit Sydney Tower at night for the night views. Or vice versa. Book your night visit
What is there at Sydney Tower?
There are lots of activities to do at this popular Sydney attraction.
1. Sydney Tower Observation Deck
The Sydney Tower observation tower is 250 meters above the ground and offers a 360-degree view Of Sydney’s mesmerizing skyline.
It is the major attraction of the Sydney Tower Eye.
On the Observational deck, you also get to use 4 single complimentary binoculars.
Visitors who use wheelchairs can use the 4 double binoculars.
You can also use the heritage telescopes to view the city.
2. Sydney City Exhibits
On the observation deck, you can learn more about the city and landmarks using the various interactive screens on display.
3. 4D Cinema Experience
Do not miss out on the four minutes long 4D cinema experience.
During the show, you may experience flashing lights and small water sprays, and if that’s a problem inform your guide beforehand.
You get 4D glasses in one size which fits most of the visitors.
You can catch a show after every 5-10 minutes.
4. Sydney Tower Skywalk
Walk in the clouds with Sydney Tower Eye skywalk at 880 feet above the ground.
In this activity, you will be walking outdoors on the glass-floored viewing platform that circles the Sydney Tower Eye.
There is nothing to worry for you will be accompanied by an expert guide and will be securely attached to safety lines.
The duration of the Skywalk is 90 minutes, and once done, you get a certificate of completion.
How long does Sydney Tower take?
The bewitching views from the observatory can keep you hooked for long.
But don’t worry for once you are in, there are no time restrictions to get out.
Considering all the activities at Sydney Tower Eye, you will need anywhere from 60 minutes to two hours for your visit.
While planning, do keep in mind the waiting time. Especially if you will be visiting on weekends or school holidays.
To avoid waiting, we recommend you book your tickets in advance.
Sydney Tower discount ticket
There are several ways to enjoy a discounted entry to the Sydney Tower.
Kids below the age of 3 get 100% off and kids aged from 4 to 15 years get 30% off on the price of regular Sydney Tower tickets.
While the adult ticket costs 29 AUD, a child’s Sydney Tower price is 20 AUD.
Discounts through combo tours
Combo tours are a great way to save money on tickets.
When you buy the below-mentioned combo tours, which also include skip the line access to Sydney Tower, you get up to 40% discount.
These combo tours are perfect if you are in Sydney for the first time because you can then see more for less.
1. Sydney’s best 4 attractions combo
At just 70 AUD per adult, this discount ticket gives you access to four attractions – Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Madame Tussauds, and Sydney Eye Tower.
Sydney Tower’s adult ticket alone costs 29 AUD.
2. Best 4 attractions + Harbor Cruise
This combo is even better than the first.
For just 100 AUD per adult, you get access to Sydney Tower, Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussaudsand also a 90-minute Sydney Harbour Cruise.
Sydney Tower tickets
Sydney Tower has everything you can ask for – breathtaking views and fun adventures.
This Sydney Tower Eye ticket gives you skip the line access along with a complimentary 4D cinema show.
These are smartphone tickets – that is, on the day of your visit you can show the tickets in your email and walk in. No need to take print outs!
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Your Sydney Tower entrance will cost you:
Adult tickets (16+ years): 29 AUD
Child tickets (4 to 15 years): 20 AUD
Infant tickets (0 to 3 years): Free entry
What is visible from the Sydney Tower Eye?
At the Sydney Tower Eye, you can get a 360-degree view of the city.
Here are some of the major landmarks you can sport from the Sydney Tower Observatory –
1. The Blue Mountains
These famous mountains are located more than 800 kilometers away from the city, and yet on a clear day, they are visible from the Sydney Eye.
Since they are covered with eucalyptus trees, they appear blue and are also known as the Blue Mountains.
2. Darling Harbour
A little away from the Sydney Tower, you can see the Darling Harbour with water taxis, boats, and ferries.
Right next to it you can also spot Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussaud’s and SEA LIFE Aquarium.
3. The Rocks
The Rocks was established in 1788 and is one of the oldest parts of the city.
This neighborhood still holds Sydney’s oldest pub called ‘Fortune of War.’
4. Sydney Harbour Bridge
An integral part of Sydney’s life, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is more than just a landmark.
The bridge opened in 1932 and has hosted several New Year’s Eve fireworks.
5. Bondi Beach
The white sand Bondi Beach is a hot spot amongst tourists visiting Sydney.
As your eyes try to reach Bondi beach, you may also sport the large Coca-Cola sign, which is often referred to as The Gateway to Kings Cross.
6. Sydney Football Stadium
Moving a bit into the city, you will see Sydney’s Football Stadium also known as Allianz Stadium.
It has hosted many sold out games.
7. Sydney Cricket Stadium
A bit over is Sydney’s Cricket ground. The famous stadium has staged several popular games and concerts.
8. Sydney Airport
Completing the 360-degree view, you’ll see Sydney Airport.
Standing on the Observational Deck, you can see the airplanes taking off and landing with a new perspective.
Sydney Tower restaurants
The Sydney Tower Eye does not have a restaurant or a bar.
They have a small kiosk which serves lite bites and drinks.
If you just want to sit and eat, you can try out the Food Court at Level 5 of the Westfield shopping center.
Once you leave Sydney Tower Eye to eat at the Food Court, you can’t get back in.
However, if you are looking for the famous Sydney Tower’s revolving restaurants, there are two of them – Sydney Tower Buffet and 360 Bar & Dining.
Your Sydney Tower Eye entry tickets don’t get you entry to these restaurants.
To enter these fine dining restaurants with an amazing 360-degree view of Sydney, you must book a ticket in advance.
Sydney Tower buffet
Enjoy a delicious meal at the famous rotating restaurant of the Sydney Tower.
With fantastic food you also get splendid views of the city.
You can choose lip-smacking food from a long menu of Sydney Tower restaurant buffet.
Sydney Tower buffet price
Buffet price for adults (13+ years): 60 AUD
Buffet price for kids (3 to12 years): 27.50 AUD
360 Bar and Dining
At the rotating 360 Bar and Restaurant, you can grab a delicious contemporary Australian lunch or dinner.
Book your place and just sit back while you are served the tastiest delicacies high up at Sydney Tower’s 360 Dining.
Cost of dining at @ Sydney Tower’s 360 Dining
Cost of Lunch
For Adults (13+ years): 60 AUD
For Children (3 to 12 years): 30 AUD
Cost of Dinner
For Adults (13+ years): 85 AUD
For Children (3 to12 years): 30 AUD
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