Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Australia - Sydney's Centrepoint Tower
New South Wales/Sydney's Centrepoint Tower.
Sent by Sara, a postcrosser from Australia.
This is from Wikipedia : Sydney Tower (also known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after Auckland's Sky Tower, though Sydney Tower's main observation deck is almost 50 m (164 ft) higher than that of Auckland's Sky Tower). The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The tower stands 309 m (1,014 ft) above the Sydney CBD, being located at 100 Market Street, between Pitt and Castlereagh Streets. It is accessible from the Pitt Street Mall, and sits upon Centrepoint (to which the tower is often referred), an office and shopping centre development. The tower is open to the public, and is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city, being visible from a number of vantage points throughout town and from adjoining suburbs.
While AMP managed the Centrepoint shopping centre, the tower was officially referred to as "AMP Tower". After the Westfield Group took over ownership of Centrepoint in December 2001, the name was changed to Sydney Tower. Locals almost always refer to it as Centrepoint Tower.
Whilst the Shopping centre at the base of the Tower is run by the Westfield Group the tower itself is part of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Group. Visitors can buy a pass from Village or at the gate that allows them a visit all of the Sydney attractions under the Village Roadshow Banner (Sydney Tower, Wildlife World and The Sydney Aquarium).