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Sydney Tower

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Posted on 16.03.13

Last Updated 16.03.13

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Sydney Opera House, also known as the AMP Tower or Centrepoint (literally "central point"), the tallest building standing alone in Sydney and the second tallest in Australia (after Q1 skyscraper on the Gold Coast, in Queensland), it is also the second highest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere (after the "Tower of Heaven" the city of Auckland, New Zealand). Sydney Tower is included in the World Federation of Great Towers. It is open to visitors and is one of the main attractions of the city.

Sindeyskaya tower rises 305 meters (1001 ft) above the Sydney Central Business District, 100 Market Street (between Pitt and Castlereagh streets), where the business and shopping center of the city.


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At first tower owned financial services company AMP, which owned the Trade Center Centrepoint, and is officially called the "AMP Tower» and intended for telecommunications. After the December 2001 Westfield Group acquired Centrepoint, Tower was named "Sydney".

The design of the tower was designed in 1970, and in 1975 began its construction. Public use of the tower, while the fourth tallest building in the world, began in August 1981 final price structure is 36 million AUS. U.S.

At the Sydney Tower has three main sections. The first - the closed observation deck at a height of 250 m, which can produce a view of the city at 360 °. At the site there is a small gift shop and display, where you can see the status of the tower, the wind speed at the moment or atmospheric pressure.

18 meters above the ground is open with a glass floor - Skywalk platform. Visiting it is a special tours, which can also include more and a virtual journey through the whole of Australia called OzTrek.

Below the main viewing platform is a restaurant for 220 people. Each year it hosts more than 185 thousand people, of which 50 thousand foreigners.


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Tower accommodates 960 people maximum. Lift upward by three double-decker high-speed elevators that can take visitors to the top of the tower - the observation deck - for about 40 seconds at maximum speed. You can climb the stairs, and which, by the way, includes the 1054 level.

Sometimes Sydney Tower is used to start the grand fireworks display, and the Christmas and New Year is always lit with colored lights.

Tourist tower is open daily from 9.00 to 22.30, the cost of the ticket for an adult - $ 25 for a child - $ 15. Students and seniors receive discounts.

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Botanic Gardens

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Posted on 22.09.12

Last Updated 22.09.12

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Botanic Gardens of Adelaide - three separate projects: the historical botanical garden in the center of the city, Mount Lofty Botanic Garden and Botanical Garden Wittunga (Wittunga).

 Community Botanical Garden (of approx. 34 ha) was established in 1857 where you can see plants from around the world, and a few trees planted before last century! The garden created and maintained very favorable for plant subtropical climate (average temperature of 28 degrees). And the abundance of sunny days can get along with plants from different regions of the earth, and those who love the moisture, and that lodge in the mountains, plains and even in the desert. Incidentally, in the garden you can see a whole grove of Russian birches.

 The first glass greenhouse was built in the botanical garden specifically for the unique Victorian water lilies growing in 1868. The process of blossoming even hit the front pages of local newspapers!

 The second big greenhouse - "House palm trees" - was built in 1877 Greenhouse is notable not only an extensive collection of plants of Madagascar savanna, but also for its Victorian-style architecture.

 

In 1996, the Botanical Garden was opened on National Test Rose Garden - the first in Australia garden where roses are checked for suitability to the Australian climate. Rose, by the way, is amazing - noisette roses, roses bourbon, tea, etc. shipovnikovye

 

In addition, in the Botanical Gardens you can visit the Mediterranean garden of aquatic plants, enjoy the blooming lotuses and learn about the history of crop production in the local museum. And you can just sit on the grass under a tree and relax, forgetting that you are in the center of the bustling city. Adelaide Botanic Gardens annually visited by more than 1.5 million people. Admission is free.

 Second botanical garden is located half an hour from the center of Adelaide on the eastern slope of Mount Lofty. Park received its first visitors in 1977 - then in an area of ​​80 hectares could be acquainted with the plants of temperate climate. Today the garden is divided into seven valleys, each with a certain group of plants grown. And it is the representatives of almost all climatic zones of the world - magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, peonies, ferns Australia, exotic deciduous and coniferous trees. The highlight of the garden is a stunning view of the valley of Adelaide, from the height of 180 meters above sea level.

 Finally, the third Wittunga botanical garden open to the public in 1975, is a collection of plants from Australia and South Africa. South African specimens were collected in the Cape Province of South Africa, the climate is very similar to the Australian. Collection of Australian plants collected from the peninsula Floro, Kangaroo Island and areas of Western Australia.

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