Sydney Tower has been an integral feature of the world famous Sydney skyline for over 30 years.
Construction of Sydney Tower Centrepoint shopping centre began
in late 1970 with the first 52 shops opening in 1972.
The office component was completed in 1974 and the final stage
of the complex, the Sydney Tower, was opened to the public in
Ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world, the design
has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme
Sydney Tower Facts:
- The golden turret has a capacity of 960 persons and contains
two levels of restaurants, a coffee lounge, an Observation Deck,
two telecommunication transmission levels and three plant
- Three double deck lifts provide guests' access to the
- The 1504 fire-isolated sets of pressurised stairs, closely
monitored by security, allow patrons direct access to street level,
in case of an emergency.
- The 420 windows of the tower are cleaned by a semi - automatic
window cleaning machine name 'Charlie'. 'Charlie' recycles and
filters 50 litres of water and takes two days to clean all the
- A 162,000 litre water tank, the tower's primary damping system
also acts as a stabiliser for the tower.
- 56 cables stabilise the tower, and if the strands of these
cables were laid end to end, they would reach from Sydney to Alice
Springs or from Sydney to New Zealand.
- The spire located above the Tower is used for
telecommunications and navigation purposes.
- Sydney Tower is the first to see the Sydney dawn, and the last
to see its final dusk.