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AMP Building and centre point tower
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.
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.
When you want to see all of Sydney in one view make sure you head to the AMP Tower. The entrance you can find on Market Street in the Centre Point Building. Entrance prices are quite steep, but your ticket isn't only valid to get up high in the tower from where you have grand views even as far as the Blue Mountains on clear days, but the ticket will also give you an experience. There is a special tour that will take you around some of the highlights of Australia. After seeing this, you want to travel around Australia as soon as you can.
I went into the tower on one of the last days of my visit and I felt sad after seeing all the videos in this virtual tour. It really takes you around almost all of Australia!! This is a great attraction, so don't miss out!
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I hope you aren't afraid of heights
The Sydney tower is one of the tallest structures in Sydney. It has the highest observation deck in the Southern hemisphere and offers awsome 360 degree views of the city. I'm sure you could take some great sunrise pictures here, but I wouldn't know because my friend and I went in the evening. I thought that was the best time to go. You can watch an amazing sunset and watch the city light up. There is also some type of informative tour that you can take that is quite fun. It ends with a virtual type ride!
Getting to the point in Sydney. AMP CENTERpoint
The AMP Centerpoint Tower is the highest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, seeing it is pretty easy. It's that extremely tall pointy thing with a little building piece in the middle. : )
The tower is over 300 meters tall, and on a clear day, you can see, in addition to all of Sydney, all the way to the Blue Mountains!
Don't worry, there IS an elevator, so you'll not have to take the stairs, should you choose to ascend the tower. The cost, if I remember exactly, for an adult entry is A$15. For your money, you'll get a terrific view of Sydney. And although A$15 isn't cheap, it's less than climbing the Harbour Bridge. ; )
There are restaurants and various stores at the base of the AMP Centerpoint Tower.
For splendid views over Sydney you must go up the tower! It's certainly not cheap with a ticket price of 23,50 AU$ (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.
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The Sydney Tower is ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world. The design has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions. 56 cables stabilise the tower, and if the strands of these cables were laid end to end, they would reach from Sydney to Alice Springs, or from Sydney to New Zealand
AMP Tower( CenterPoint)
If you’ve got a head for heights, a visit to Centrepoint Tower - Sydney’s tallest building - is a must.
Towering 300m above the city, Centrepoint Tower offers magnificent views that extend to the Central Coast to the north, Wollongong to the south and the Blue Mountains to the west.
There is also a great Restaurant on top floor which spins around while you're dining. You get to experience Sydney from way high above the city and eat excellent food. We tried Crocodile meat while we were there. Very Chewy!!
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.
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Towering over Sydney
The AMP Tower is a 300m tall 'needle-shaped' tower. It has awesome views of all of Sydney. They have free tours, where the tour-guide will point out that; circular quay is not circular, central station is not central, and that Australia Square is cylindrical. Definitely worth it!!
Just be warned that when you buy your ticket to go up the tower - it is double ended, so that you may go up to the observation deck (and restaurant), and to see the skytour show - which gives a sound and visual show of what has made Australia.... Australia.
So don't be like me and buy two tickets - when you only need one!
Open: Sun-Fri: 9am - 10.30pm
Sat: 9am - 11.30pm
Has good wheelchair access.
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The AMP Sydney Tower: See Sydney from above!
Look down at the city from the highest point above the city for a breathtaking 360-degree panorama. On a good day, the view is well worth the visit up.
The tacky part of the visit is that the price of the ticket also includes "OzTrek", supposedly the largest simulated ride in the southern hemisphere, for a so-claimed thrilling virtual adventure across Australia. I think the kids may find this entertaining.
As from what I seen on the website, coming July 2005, there will also be a "skywalk" ala the one already offered by Macau Tower whereby guests can get all strap up and embark on an outdoor walk at 268 metres above Sydney.
Walking: Within the city, corner of Pitt & Market Street.
Bus: Sydney Explorer Bus Stop 14
Ferry: Ferries from Circular Quay
Monorail: City Centre Station
Train: Town Hall Station
Sunday to Friday: 9:00am to 10:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am to 11:30pm
Tickets include a visit to the Observation Deck at Sydney Tower and admission to OzTrek.
Child (4-15 years) $13.20*
Under 4 years FREE
Family Tickets Available
Family Ticket A 1 adult & 2 children $39.00*
Family Ticket B 2 adults & 1 child $45.90*
Family Ticket C 2 adults & 2 children $57.00*
Family Ticket D 2 adults & 3 children $67.00*
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This is definitely a "must do" thing whilst in Sydney. With 360 degree panoramic views over the whole of Sydney, on a clear day you can see for miles and miles.
Centrepoint consists of many shops, an observation deck, restaurants up the top, oztrek, and skywalk. It is rated as one of the safest buildings in the world.
It has 1504 stair, but dont worry, they will also let you catch the lift to the top!!! The turrett at the top can hold 960 people and it is 250metres/820feet high. It was opened in 1972.
This is just one of views taken from Centrepoint Observation Deck many moons ago, way back in 1984! You can see the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in this picture.
Top of the Tower
As is my norm when I get to a new city a quick elevation to the highest point was a priority in Sydney.
That highest point is'nt to hard to spot for pretty obvious reasons. Went early Sunday morning and there were no queue's of any note, lift up to the top in no time at all.
On reaching the top the panoramic views of Sydneys most famous sites is certainly worth making the effort for. Watching the planes land is fun, you are about the same altitude as many of them and watching the airport is like watching some kind of toy town.
You can spot the Aussie Olympic Stadium in the distance one way and easily see the Northern Beach suburbs in the other, guess you can see for miles and miles on a clear Sunny day, of which Sydney has more than its fair share.
I notice now you can actually go outside at the top on the SkyWalk, no doubt they will charge you extra for that though.
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Change its name after its sponsor, AMP, a large insurance company, it is an important Sydney landmark.
I suggest the ride up to the top is the first thing you do in Sydney. As you will know where all attractions are and its proximity.
Unfortunately, one high rise blocks the view of the Opera House; other than that, you see it all.
One ride costs A$21, but for A$29 you get up to the top again during the night.
A ride to the top
The AMP Tower is distinctive on the Sydney skyline. It may not be the most attractive of such towers, but it is becoming as well known as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as synonymous with the city. A trip to the top is as much part of a trip to Sydney as is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in NY.
It ain't cheap though at A$22, although entrance includes Virtual 3D trip through the highlights of Australia.
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