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October 23, 2014

Sydney Tower

Or, the Sydney Tower Eye, as it was rebranded a few years ago, presumably along the lines of the London Eye (so unoriginal). Last weekend I went up to the viewing deck, which I haven't done since I was little - it's not really a thing locals do (I've never done Bridge Climb either). But I actually got a free ticket playing McDonald's Monopoly (don't judge me), so I thought I may as well cash it in.



The QVB from above.


You can see the Here, Now mural I posted about a few entries back.


I'd forgotten that the city centre and Eastern Suburbs is practically surrounded by water on three sides.


The shadow of the tower over Hyde Park and St Mary's Cathedral.




There weren't direct good views of the Harbour Bridge or Opera House because there are too many buildings in the way.



Never noticed the colour of this turquoise building before!

All in all I had so much fun taking photos! It's a little difficult because it's all enclosed by glass, so you get some reflections here and there. Seeing the view of a place from a high point is one of my favourite things to do when I visit a new place, and it was nice to see a different perspective of my own city. Sydney city is actually a lot smaller than what I always imagine in my mind - probably because I spend a lot of time on ineffective public transport, ha.

What's the best vantage point of where you live?

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  1. You won something on McDonalds monopoly? I've only ever won a free apple pie, do people even eat those still.

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    1. Um I love apple pies! The most useless thing I've won is a video store rental, which I'm sure are more obsolete than apple pies haha

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  2. The Mcdonalds Monopoly sounds fun :P
    Anyway what a gorgeous view! At my place
    we don't have things like this Sydney Eye
    but then again we don't have tall buildings
    either.. Xx

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    1. McDonalds monopoly is possible my favourite time of year... haha.

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  3. I'm in love with the first photo in this post :3 Anyways, as always, your photos look absolutely lovely! I actually just won medium fries from McDonald's Monopoly....

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    1. Medium?? I've only ever won smalls! Hahaha

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  4. Ah, it's always so hard to take photos on an observation deck, but I think that yours turned out so nicely! It's so odd doing touristy things when you're a local, haha. And girl, own playing McDonald's Monopoly. Nothing beats the feeling of winning a free small fries, hahaha.

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    1. HAHA, unless it's winning medium fries like Eena up there!

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  5. Your photos look so lovely! I really want to visit Sydney one day- I've been to Melbourne but we never got the chance to get to Sydney.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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    1. As a Sydneysider I actually prefer Melbourne! But I guess they're quite different cities.

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  6. Wow, amazing views! Sydney looks stunning, and I definitely couldn't have faced those heights like you did. Cambridge is so flat that we have virtually no views!

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    1. I think Cambridge would look so pretty from above!

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  7. Oh, Sydney looks different from what I had imagined... more green! Thanks for sharing these beautiful views.

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    1. There is a fair bit of green space in the city centre than what you might expect!

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  8. Oh wow, these pictures turned out so well! I've never been to Sydney Tower even though I feel like it's kinda something every Sydneysider should have done. Maybe I should start playing McDonalds Monopoly haha

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    1. Haha I guess it's not a big deal if you live in Sydney!

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  9. I think the best view of Chicago is from this restaurant called Cite, next to Navy Pier. I think Hancock building is taller though.

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    1. Will keep in mind if I ever go to Chicago :)

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  10. I didn't even know they changed the name again! I already find it hard enough to not call it the Centrepoint tower. I've never been up before, however I have recently purchased tickets to go sometime next month so I am excited.

    Sydney CBD is actually quite small compared to other cities, however I never realised how big Sydney (including the suburbs) was until a few years ago when the plane was flying back into Sydney.

    My favourite vantage point is this lookout in Mosman, although you see the Skyline more than anything (image in my last post actually).

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    1. I remember when it was called Centrepoint! I think Sydney Tower is just a more obvious name haha. Awesome, hope you have fun!

      The CBD is small but yeah, we definitely do have a suburban sprawl going on.

      That's a good view of the skyline! I'm never on that side of the city though unfortunately.

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  11. WOW i can't believe you actually won something from the McDonalds monopoly! Most of the time not many people win the prizes! I always thought this was called the Centrepoint tower ._. I never knew they changed the name hahaa!! I've never actually been there before despite living in Sydney for so long shame on me ;P The view looks amazing, although i'd probably get jelly legs cos I'm scared of heights >_<~

    xx
    Beautifyinglifee

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    1. I used to call it Centerpoint but I don't even know when they changed it to Sydney Tower! Haha I guess it's not a big deal to do if you actually live in Sydney.

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  12. that bug pictures is awesome. But great views from up top, sort of reminds me of the CN Tower in Toronto. You feel on top of the city

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    1. I think Sydney Tower is the highest point in the city (not hard haha) so you really are!

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  13. Great shots! I've only been to Sydney once & it was on the drive home from Queensland. We thought we would just drive through & ended up getting lost and driving over the bridge like 5 times by accident. That was an awesome toll bill. I'd love to go there for a little trip one day though.
    I live in a "country" town in victoria just an hour from Melbourne. I guess I just like the view of the town when I drive down the hill? LOL. Its a cute town with lots of oak tree's, it's quite pretty.

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    1. I guess you guys got enough of that one Sydney attraction then, haha!

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  14. HAHA! I love that you won it through Maccas monopoly. I have 2/3 for the laptop and the dirtbike.

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    1. I have 2/3 for a whole bunch of things, it's killing me.

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  15. You won a McDonald's Monopoly competition? Wow. That almost never happens, HAHA. Good job!
    These photos are so pretty - I love the one with the tower's shadow. And I'm with you - I forgot how much water surrounds our city!

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    1. Haha wouldn't call it a competition, I just peeled a sticker!

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  16. Ah wicked views Jane. Agreed, you never do the stuff in your own town do you. We have a really famous tower, and I've only been up once. Was a good experience though. We should try go as high as we can in each new city we visit.

    Buckets & Spades

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    1. True, I think seeing a place from high up is my favourite thing to do in a new city!

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  17. Goddamn these photos are gorgeous. Though I've always wanted to go to Aussieland, I never realised how little I know about the cities there, LOL ;-; (another aspect I love about blogging--being introduced to all these different places and lifestyles)(But I definitely agree about photographing through glass...SO MUCH COLOUR LOSS TOO)

    The highest vantage point in my city is the CN tower, which is such a tourist destination, but strangely, I've never been up.

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    1. I guess when you live somewhere you sort of take things for granted! I've never done the Bridgeclimb which is a huge tourist thing here too.

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  18. I didn't know you could win this from McDonalds Monopoly!? I heard on the radio that it was just getting a meal for free, etc. It's nice to see Sydney from above! I haven't been up there since primary school. I just realised how small our city is too haha!

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    1. Haha yeah there's a bunch of random other things you can apparently win as well.

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  19. What lovely views! Belgium, being so flat, pretty much has no good vantage points or particularly tall places to go. I might look into it a bit more, I think it would be nice to see from above. The best we have is from the plane window haha.

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    1. Maybe from a clocktower or something? Haha

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  20. Wonderful sights! those pics turned out great. In Madrid there aren't many high buildings (at least open to the public) but the sights are really nice from the different rooftops that have opened recently such as Correos or the Gourmet Experience.

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    1. Hm I usually automatically assume there's a tourist attraction in each city specifically for looking out from, haha!

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  21. Beautiful pictures that make me want to return back to Australia! Sydney was such a gorgeous city! I love going up to those towers because they have such an amazing view-if you can get past the height. My favorite is the CN Tower in Toronto :)
    xo Olivia

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    1. (I'm not sure if this will create a link but this is my website! Sorry for the inconvenience)

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    2. What? It keeps disappearing! So sorry! Here: www.hernamewascelebration.com

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    3. Haha that's okay. I keep hearing about the CN Tower!

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  22. super amazing views. i am terrified of heights but somehow i was able to go on top of taipei 101 and the empire state building. i must admit through looking out does give me the shakes but i am still awed!

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    1. I'm afraid of heights too! For some reason these things are okay for me.

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