Though not as well-known as the Harbour Bridge or the Opera House, Sydney Tower is an iconic figure of the Sydney skyline. Completed in 1981, the tower is currently Sydney's tallest building and the third tallest in Australia.
Image by Alex Proimos.
Conveniently accessible from Westfield Sydney on Pitt St, the Tower has four public sections. The first two are dedicated to the gastronomes, with Sydney Tower Dining (a revolving restaurant that boasts 360° views of the city) on the first, and Sydney Buffet on the second. The third level is Sky Venue, the highest function and event space in the city, while the fourth is the observation deck. For the truly adventurous, there is also the Skywalk adventure deck, where you can step outside the internal observation deck, and enjoy picturesque views of Sydney from the glass-panelled platforms. Entry to the observation deck alone is $26, so it is probably more economical to buy a Sydney attractions pass. For under $70, you can see up to 4 other attractions of your choosing.
Despite my paralyzing fear of heights, I found the view from the observation deck to be exhilarating. The city traffic, which I find overwhelming at times, was very different from a 260m above view. Actually, it was amusing to see all those cars ant-size.
I visited the tower at night, and while the city looked spectacular all lit-up, I would personally recommend going in the daytime. It'll be easier to make out the different buildings and roads for one thing, and the contrast of water, sky and city would look better in daylight. Nevertheless, day or night, a trip to the tower will take your breath away – especially if you're afraid of heights!