When we climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge Pylon Miss N was adamant that we weren’t high enough. She asked if we could go to the top of one of the buildings we could see from the balcony of the pylon. I scratched my head. How were we going to do that? Of course T had a plan and revealed to Miss N that whilst gaining access to most of the private skyscrapers in Sydney would be difficult he was fairly certain he could organise a trip up the Sydney Tower.
A few days later and we caught the train into the city with the sole purpose of making our way to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye. Miss N was full of excitement. Master R, being a little anxious about heights, was trying to contain his nerves by reading.
The Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in Sydney and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere standing 309 m in height. It is accessible via an elevator at Westfields shopping centre.
When we first entered the attraction we were given 3D glasses and led into a theatre. Here we viewed a 4D movie about the tower. It was pretty impressive – a full sensory experience with touch, sound, sight and smell all activated. I won’t describe it in a lot of detail as I think it will be more thrilling the less you know. Shortly afterwards we moved into the elevator which shot us to the top of the tower. Well, maybe not shot, but it seemed really fast.
It took me a few minutes, well maybe 20 minutes, to find my feet at the top and lose the vertigo. The kids were in their element from the start and wandered around trying the various different telescopes and pointing out landmarks that they knew by sight. To celebrate spring there was a pot plant tutorial for the kids which Miss N *had* to join. She finished and proudly revealed a pot of dirt in which she had planted three sunflowers. I will provide and update if they sprout on our instagram.
I have decided that Miss N doesn’t take after me with her thrill seeking. I found the height quite queasy despite its beauty. She, on the other hand, stood with her nose pressed against the glass looking down at the street. The irrational part of me wanted to pull her back!
Interested in climbing to the top? Currently managed by the Merlin group, access for a family of four will cost you $54.00 if purchased online.