Just to spice up the Vivid experience and spark a nightly adventure, a few buddies and I decided to view the sunset and Sydney's current fluorescent lights from The Sydney Tower Eye. Riding the escalator to Level 5 of Westfield Sydney, we arrived at the Sydney Tower's ticket stall and purchased our tickets. We were then directed to queue for the entrance to security and the area where a photographer captures a 'normal' photo and a 'silly' photo of yourself/group that'll be digitally altered.
After our 'highly glamorised photo shoot', we were then ushered into a dark room where the 4D cinema footage was played which captured Sydney's coastlines and popular landmarks that are iconic to the city. The experience was further intensified by the theatrical effects of bright lights, wind, small splashes of water and the 3D glasses to round off the immersive, cinematic experience (watch the preview here ). Leaving the theatre room, we followed the rest of the crowd to be queued up before security. After the security check, we were separated in groups of 5-6 to be allowed to the lift that would take us up to the observatory deck in The Sydney Tower Eye.
There was indeed a mass of people crowding the windows where the sun was setting. Luckily enough, I managed to squeeze my way through to the windows and captured the sunset. Of course, it was not overly crowded and there were other observation areas of The Sydney Tower Eye that displayed early nightfall, but it is not as visible than in the amassed areas.
While we were waiting for night to fall and the bright lights to illuminate the city, my buddies and I continued to chat and catch up with each others' lives. People would come and go, once it was quiet, another group from the lifts would fill the spaces of Sydney Tower. It was relatively busy, with many people taking photographs and selfies while others sat back and enjoyed the view.
Sydney Harbour Bridge beginning to light up (5:14pm)
After an hour, we finally got to observe Sydney in its full glamour. The city lit its winking lights and shone brightly; it was terrific to see Sydney from it highest point. We were disappointed as the Vivid lights from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House were blocked by Sydney's lofty infrastructure; other Vivid locations were visible. However, it was still a great experience, especially to see Sydney's dark side.
Skywalk, The Sydney Tower Eye and Ted's Cameras have collaborated and issued a photography competition for a chance to win a Canon EOS 1300D Kit (valued at $600) and a VIP SKYWALK Experience. The competition ends on the 30th June, so start snapping! To enter, post a photo of Sydney or The Sydney Tower Eye and submit it here.
Method 1: Enter through the link above (Image Source: woobox)
It's quite easy to do, just remember to tag #EyeOnSydney. A cool reward might come out of your visit to The Sydney Tower Eye or from the streets of Sydney! Although The Sydney Tower's website states to 'snap a picture of Sydney featuring the Sydney Tower Eye' and Ted's Cameras' Instagram only says to take a picture of Sydney, I've been contacted that either is eligible for entry.
A single visit will include screening of the 4D cinematic footage, photographs of yourself/group (additional cost to purchase) and a visit to the observation deck. Prices will vary, click here for more information on the prices and other activities in The Sydney Tower Eye.