This is a guide/review of Sydney’s AMP Centrepoint Tower to help you decide whether it’s worth buying a ticket to go to the top for a view of the Sydney skyline from the Observation Deck.
I live in Sydney, so I’ve seen all the regular tourist sights several times as we’ve shown visiting international relatives and friends visiting Australia around the city.
This time however, my purpose of buying a ticket to the Sydney Centrepoint Tower was to review it critically to see if it was really worth it.
Don’t worry about my review being biased because I’m a Sydney local, my reviews are always written in a completely upfront “tell it like it is” style.
Initially I went to buy a ticket on a Tuesday at 5pm. There was a 20min queue for tickets and a 1 hour queue after that to go up the Tower to the Observation Deck. I didn’t have that much time to waste standing around so I left.
Returning next Monday at 1:45pm the queue for tickets was 10 minutes with a further 5 minutes to go up the Tower so I waited and bought a ticket.
Both times I went there were only 2 customer service staff selling tickets even though there were other unused customer service counters. Also both times I watched as people gave up waiting in the queue and left, definitely a lost business opportunity caused by poor service.
Note: You’d be a fool to pay full price for a Sydney Tower ticket because all the tourists guide booklets have vouchers for 10-20% off ticket prices and there’s almost always a 10% discount coupon/voucher somewhere on the Sydney tower website which you can print out.
Also Children under 4 years are FREE and there are good discounts for Family tickets, Children (4-15 yrs), Senior Citizens/Pensioners and Students so make sure you all have ID or proof of age so you can take advantage of these discounts.
Ask the staff for a combination ticket if you’re going to go to more than one of these: Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Tower + OzTrek as they’re all part of the same company.
Up to the Observation Deck – View of Sydney Skyline
There was a security scan before entering the elevator and large camera tripods were not allowed.
Unlike Melbourne’s Rialto Tower, Sydney Tower has no outdoor balcony area to take panoramic photos without window glass in your way. The windows were reasonably clean but unfortunately not very wide & with thick frames. People had left food wrappers and drink bottles along the window sill.
Because I had a polarising filter on my camera I was able to take photos of the view which were mostly free of flare and reflections on the windows. The Sky Lounge Cafe is worth investigating because it had much cleaner windows as fewer people go there to see the view.
The marketing description of the Sydney Tower and the view is as follows:
Sydney Tower takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360-degree views of the beautiful harbour city, including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Soaring 250m above the city streets, the Observation Deck of Sydney Tower is the tallest in the southern hemisphere and offers a panoramic viewing experience unmatched by any other Sydney attraction.
From Sydney’s golden beaches to the blue mountains, enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views from the highest point above Sydney, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. It is the perfect way to start your Sydney Vacation.
Is this marketing description fair and is the price reasonable?
On the whole Yes, because your Sydney Tower Observation deck ticket also includes OzTrek, a virtual reality ride showing you Australia’s cultural history and geography aided by real motion seating and 180 degree cinema screens.
However make sure you allow for at least 3 hours in your schedule because of possible ticket delays and try and go early in the morning or mid-afternoon when there are fewer people there.
I’ve reviewed other tourist attractions in and around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia including: the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney Wildlife World, Sydney Observatory and Sydney Public Transport Trip Planner for Trains, Buses & Ferries etc.
- Official Sydney Tower + Oztrek website
- Sydney Tower – Wikipedia entry
- Sydney Tower construction details
- Sydney Tower as viewed on Google Earth/Maps