Sydney Tower Eye – tickets, prices, best time, Skywalk, Tower Buffet

Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye has been a popular tourist attraction in the city, for the last 30 years.

It is often referred to as the 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 share everything you need to know before buying Sydney Tower Eye tickets.

1. What to expect
2. How to reach
3. Opening hours
4. Best time to visit
5. What to see
6. Tour duration
7. Ticket discount
8. Sydney Tower tickets
9. What is visible?
10. Restaurants
11. Sydney Tower Buffet
12. 360 Bar and Dining

Video of what to expect


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How to reach Sydney Tower

The Sydney Tower Eye stands in the Westfield shopping center and is connected to all corners of the city.

On foot

Just walk to the corner of Pitt Street Mall and Market street, and you can’t miss the Tower. Get Directions

Go up to the 5th floor of the Mall and follow the signs to the admissions desk.

By Train

Three train stations are close to Sydney Tower Eye – St. James, Town Hall, and Martin Place.

The St.James station is 2-minute walk from Sydney Tower Eye while Town Hall and Martin Place Stations are approximately 10 minutes away.

St. James station to Sydney Tower Eye

By Bus

There are several bus stops near Sydney Tower.

Sydney Tower is the last stop for some buses and some go further into the city.

Catch any bus that goes along George Street, Castlereagh Street or Elizabeth Street and get down at the Westfield Sydney stop.

By Taxi

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.

By Car

You can get special discounts on parking charges starting at only 13 AUD.

Just find your spot in one of these Wilson’s parking garages:


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Sydney Tower opening hours

Sydney Tower Eye observatory opens at 9 am and closes at 9 pm, all through the year.

The last entry up is at 8 pm.

On three days of the year, Sydney Tower Eye has different timings –

DatesOpensLast entryCloses
6 Mar9 am5 pm6 pm
25 Dec10 am5 pm6 pm
31 Dec9 am6 pm7 pm

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Best time to visit Sydney Tower

Sunset at Sydney Tower
Sunset at Sydney Tower is a golden moment. Image: Sydneytowereye.com.au

The best time to reach Sydney Tower Eye is an hour before sunset.

The Sydney attraction will 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’s sunset times varies all through the year, so it is better to do some research before your visit.

Sydney Tower at night

View from Sydney Tower at night
Image: Ray of Melbourne

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.

Tip: Buy Sydney Tower tickets online, so you don’t have to wait in the ticketing line.


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What to see 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 main attraction at the Sydney Tower Eye.

Sydney Tower observation deck
Image: Sydneytowereye.com.au

On the Observational deck, you also get to use four single complimentary binoculars.

Visitors who use wheelchairs can use the four double binoculars.

You can also use the heritage telescopes to view the city.

2. Sydney City Exhibits

Interactive screen at Sydney Tower
One of the many interactive screens at Sydney Tower. Image: Enjoyaus.com

On the observation deck, you can learn more about the city and landmarks using the various interactive screens on display.

3. 4D Cinema Experience

4D Cinema at Sydney Tower
Image: Sydneytowereye.com.au

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 the attendant beforehand.

You get 4D glasses in one size which fits most of the visitors.

A show starts every 5-10 minutes.

4. Sydney Tower Skywalk

Sydney Tower Skywalk
Image: Sydneytowereye.com.au

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.


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How long does Sydney Tower take?

Visitors spend anywhere from 60 minutes to two hours at the Sydney Tower Eye.

But since the bewitching views from the observatory can keep visitors hooked for long, there is no time limit on the ticket.

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


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Sydney Tower discount ticket

There are three ways to get a discounted entry to the Sydney Tower Eye.

Online ticket discount

When visitors purchase tickets at the tourist attraction, they pay an additional charge known as the ‘ticketing window surcharge.’

This is the cost of maintaining a ticketing window and a person to manage it.

This is why, same day tickets at the venue are costlier and buying online in advance is much cheaper.

AdultChild
(3 to 15 yrs)
Student / Seniors
At the venue31 AUD22 AUD24 AUD
Online tickets24.80 AUD17.60 AUD19.20 AUD

When you purchase Sydney Tower Eye tickets online, you pay 6.2 AUD less on an adult ticket – which amounts to a discount of 20 percent.

The same 20% discount on the online tickets gets extended to kids, seniors as well as students.

Age-based discount

Kids below the age of three get 100% off.

Four to 15 year old children get around 30% off on the price of adult Sydney Tower ticket.

This results in a saving of 7 to 9 Australian Dollars depending on where you buy your tickets.

Discounts through combo tours

Combo tours are a great way to save money on tickets.

These tours which include skip the line access to Sydney Tower are perfect if you are in Sydney for the first time because you can see more for less.

Combo tours help you save up to 40% on the ticket costs.

Sydney’s four best attractions combo

At just 75 AUD per adult, this discount ticket gives you access to four attractions – Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney, Madame Tussauds, and Sydney Eye Tower.

This ticket is a steal, because Sydney Tower’s adult ticket alone costs 29 AUD.

To the top four attractions if you also want to include a 90-minute Sydney Harbour Cruise, check out this tour.


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Sydney Tower tickets

Sydney Tower Eye 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.

Image: Yelp.com

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.

The price of Sydney Tower Eye ticket depends on when you buy it – same day tickets are costlier. If you add the Skywalk experience, the cost increases further.

Sydney Tower ticket price at least one day in advance

Visitor TypeCost of ticket
Adult ticket (16+ years)24.80 AUD
Child ticket (3 to 15 years)17.60 AUD

Same day Sydney Tower ticket price

Visitor TypeCost of ticket
Adult ticket (16+ years)31 AUD
Child ticket (3 to 15 years)22 AUD

Sydney Tower entry + Skywalk

Visitor TypeCost of ticket
Adult ticket (16+ years)59.80 AUD
Child ticket (4 to 15 years)52.60 AUD

Kids less than three years walk in for free.


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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 100 kilometers from the city, and yet on a clear day, are visible from the Sydney Eye.

Since they are covered with eucalyptus trees, they appear blue and are 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 spot 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

Towards the east, you will spot the Sydney Cricket Stadium, situated in Moore Park.

It 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.


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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.

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

If you prefer a six-course meal at 360 Bar and Dining, check this out.

Popular attractions in Sydney

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# Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
# Sydney Aquarium
# Taronga Zoo

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