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Published February 27th 2011
There's no doubt that the mighty Sydney Tower is an amazing place to take in 360 views of Sydney and beyond. But if you like a bit of adventure, you can do more than just look out from the behind the glass windows of the observation deck or restaurants on the top of the tower. At Skywalk, you can actually walk around the outside of the tower itself.
This is not for the faint hearted, or those with vertigo, but adrenalin-junkies will find that it's unmatched by any other Sydney attraction. At 268 metres above Sydney's sea level, Sydney Tower is approximately double the height of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the same height as the Eiffel Tower, so if you've done a bridge walk before then this is twice the dizzying experience.
Your Skywalk will begin with a safety briefing inside the Tower before they fit you with protective Skysuits and prepare you to venture out onto the roof. Harnessed to safety rails by sliding cables, you will be escorted along two purpose-built steel walkways and platforms by Skyguides pointing out all the fascinating geographical, historical and cultural landmarks of the city.
From the platform the seaward horizon is 58 kilometres away, and on a really clear day, you can actually see the Blue Mountains. Step out onto the clouds as you venture across the glass-floor viewing platform and gaze down at the city below from a completely different perspective.
Opening in October 2005, Skywalk took four years to design and two months to build. It took more than 2,000 sections of steel and almost 4,500 nuts and bolts.
Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and suitable walking shoes (no open toes). Unfortunately, you can't take loose items with you, and that includes a camera. However, photographers will take pictures which you can purchase after the tour ends. Skywalks operate between 10 am and 8 pm every day except Christmas day and in all weather conditions although not during extremely high winds, or electrical storms. Skywalkers are restricted to 10 years or older and up to 17 years, must be accompanied by an adult. Also, for obvious reasons, you should note that you cannot have consumed alcohol prior to your Skywalk (you will be breath tested). The tour takes approximately 60 minutes.
If you were thinking of proposing to your sweetheart 268 metres above the city, then your accommodating Skyguide will make sure your magic moment is discretely private, and one to remember.
Included in the price of your Skywalk ticket is access to the Sydney Tower Observation Deck and OzTrek, an amazing virtual adventure across Australia. The largest simulated ride in the Southern Hemisphere, OzTrek features 3D holographic technology, 180-degree cinema screens, surround sound and heart-stopping real-motion seating.
It was one of the most awe inspiring things I have done in my life. To be that high above everything and like you said to see the Blue Mountains from that far away was a sight to behold. I would also recommend it to anyone who enjoys a rush or just a spectacular view. Thank you for the very thorough review