AMP Centre Point Tower, Sydney
The construction of Sydney Tower Centrepoint began in 1970 with the first 52 shops opening in 1972. The office component was completed in 1974 and the final stage of the complex: The Sydney Tower was opened to the public in 1981.
Sydney Tower is the highest point (250 m) above the city, with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the beautiful city. You'll be amazed by the fantastic views! This is a must in Sydney.
Besides the spectacular view, the Sydney Tower also offers the OzTrek and the Sydney Skywalk. The OzTrek is a ride with 180-degree cinema screens, special effects and real-motion seating! I was not impressed by the OzTrek, but if you are travelling with kids this could be fun. You can also try the Sydney Skywalk, which is an adventure walk outside the golden turret of the Sydney Tower. I didn't go, so I can't comment.
Sydney most visible icon with a height of 304 m is the Sydney Tower, formerly known as Centrepoint Tower or AMP Tower that serves as both a communications tower and as a tourist facility.
The Centrepoint Tower project began in late 1970 and it started with the construction of a sixteen level reinforced concrete building. The building was completed in 1974 that accommodated shops and offices. The construction of the tower itself started with the prefabrication of the 46-barrel units that formed the shaft. The diameter of the units is 6.7 m and the weight is 27 tonnes. The turret is an eight-level welded steel frame structure that was manufactured at the base of the shaft. As the shaft progressed the turret was raised up. The bottom part of the spire was erected in as the shaft progresses. The second part of the spire was erected when the tower structure was completed. The spire is made of 56 cables those weights 7 tonnes each. Total weight of the tower is 40,000 tonnes.
The Sydney Tower takes you to the highest point above Sydney Australia for breathtaking 360-degree views of this beautiful harbour city.
Enjoy spectacular Sydney views, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, with free telescopes and free guided tour on Observation Deck.
The Tower was in a restricted zone during my short visit which happened to coincide with the 2007 APEC Summit.
Awesome views but for a high price, $25 each. Gave the ride a miss which was included in the ticket as had a 2yr old who wouldn't have appreciated it. Would not recommend as a must see but if you have the cash and time it is OK. Doesn't compare with the Skytower on Auckland which is fantastic, this place could learn a thing or two.
One of the major players in the Sydney skyline, the tower is a great piece of architecture. However, the main part of the place is the breathtaking views over Sydney that are available.
Below the top observation level are a couple of floors with a cafe and restaurant, where you can relax while enjoying the spectacular sights.
You can go up on the roof of the buding to do a skywalk- think its fairly expensive but if thats your thing would be great. Entrance to the ower csts $24, and this includes a ride on a sort of simulator, explaining the areas an hitory of Australia. Good fun, and kids will love it.
When we were at the observation deck we read about some interesting fact about the AMP Tower. Not completed untill 1981, some of the interesting facts behind the construction of the AMP Tower include a 35,000 gallon water tank at the top of the tower that acts as a stabiliser on windy days. There are 56 cables that weigh 7 tons each that hold the tower in place. The tip of the AMP Tower is 320 meters above sea level and it took a lenghty 7 year contrauction period to complete it.
But anyway, the bservation deck is about 250 meters above ground level. It is a fully-enclosed viewing platform and features a small gift shop and a readout displaying data on the conditions of the tower, like wind speed, direction and sway amplitude. We also noted the Skywalk platform, it's about 260 meters above sea level and is an open-air viewing platform. We were not allowed to go there as it is aonly accessible as part of planned and booked tours.
When we arrived at Sydney we immediately noted this large tower. Asking around learned us that is has some different names. We heared Sydney Tower, AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint. But anyway, we had our minds set on visiting it! When we arrived by ferry at Circular Quay we had a clear view at it and it looked quite close. It still surprised us that it took us a strenous walk to get there :)
Why did we want to visit it? Well relatives told us that the AMP Tower offers a fabulous 360 degree view of the entire Sydney metropolitan area of some 600 square miles from the tallest observation deck in the Southern hemisphere. On a very clear day you can even see as far as the Blue Mountains. The Tower is about 325 meters high and therefore the tallest building of Australia and you can't think of Sydneys skyline without it. Reasons enough we guess?
The AMP Tower is located at 100 Market Street, is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall and stands upon Centrepoint (to which some people refer the tower to) which is an office building and shopping ventre. When we entered the shopping centre we spotted lots of security staff and once we bought a ticket for the AMP Tower we were guided by them towards the elevator and contantly watched by them. It felt a bit weird!
The ascent of the tower is achieved by 3 high speed double deck elevators which complete the trip in around 40 seconds. We must admid that the feeling in our tummy was quite weird, but it was a fascinating experience. At the observation deck there are several binoculars so you're able to observe Sydney completely. We were lucky; the weather was beautiful and the sky was very clear. We could see all the places we visited till then, like The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Opera House and the Royal Botanic Garden. Even the port of Manly (where we took the ferry to Circular Quay) and the airport were visible.
We also spotted some places we still had to visit, like the Sydney Aquarium and the beach of Dee Why. This top of the tower even contains 2 rotating restaurants and a coffee shop.
Sydney Tower or the AMP Tower is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure and stands 305 meters above the central business district, along Market Street. You can't miss it when you're in downtown Sydney.
The observation deck at 250 metres above ground level; and you can have a 360 degree view of the city and surrounds. There is also a gift shop, two revolving restaurants and a readout displaying data on the conditions of the tower. Tickets include a visit to the Observation Deck at Sydney Tower and admission to OzTrek
Child (4-15 years) AUD14.00
Under 4 years FREE
If you mount Center Point, you have a great view over the city and the many arms of the sea so typical of this city. Also, enjoy the cinematographic introduction in a "mobile movie theater" (the "Oz Trek")
Check out the views and have a great meal at the same time.
This tower's observation deck is the highest in the southern hemisphere, and at 1000 feet, the tower is by far Sydney's tallest structure.
Standing at 305 metres (1001ft) high, in the middle of the city it offers views on a clear day as far as Wollongong in the south and the bluemountains in the west,as well as the north and central coasts.
Three great tours are offered and include 15-, 30-, and 45-minute options (the half-hour version shows a movie and has moving seats).
If you get hungry there are two revolving restaurants available as well.
Take a ride to the top of Sydney Tower and photograph the many panoramic views from up here. On a clear day you can see as far as Botany Bay to the North Shore and the Blue Mountains. With revolving restaurants and a coffe shoppe you are sure to get some fantastic views of the City of Sydney. There is a 162,000-litre tank above the observation deck which acts as a stabilizer on windy days. There is a "skywalk" which is a guided tour around the roof for those that are brave enough.
We didn't get a chance to climb to the top of the tower on this trip. We opted instead on having lunch at the "Summit" a 5* restaurant that revolves located at Australia Square, 44th floor.
This is the tallest building in the southern hemisphere and was planned as part of the 1979’s Centrepoint shopping centre. The tower has three double-decker lifts and it can carry up to 2,000 people every hour. It takes the lift 40 seconds to go from the bottom to the top. From the observation level you can see some beautiful views over Sydney and the marvellous harbour and you can see the Blue Mountains away in the west.
Sydney tower is situated above the Centrepoint Shopping complex. If you enter through the Market street foyer you can take the lift to the podium and then get the fast lift to the observation level.
It was not completed until 1981. From the tower you can see a 360º view of the city. The tower is 305 metres high.
For splendid views over Sydney you must go up the tower! It's certainly not cheap with a ticket price of 23,50 AU$ (there are some discount voucher in several tourist brochures), but it's definitely worth it on a sunny & clear day. Included in the ticket price is the admission to Oz Trek, a simulated ride across Australia.
If you're brave enough, you can have a walk on top of the restaurant/observation section of the tower.
The tower which was completed in 1981 is 305 m tall with the observation deck at 250m.
During the Olympic Games this tower was adorned with 3 wonderful sculptures of athletes. Sadly, like so much of our consumable world, they are no longer visible here, having been flogged off at auction. However, as you'll notice elsewhere, they have gained a home at the appropriate Olympic complex in western Sydney.
Still, we have the tower resplendent with revolving restaurant still poking through gaps in the other high rise buildings.
This odd angle is taken over a navy ship, which is the grey thing with ropes hanging over it, down in the Wooloomooloo (don't you just love those aboriginal names) area to the east of the CBD.