5 thrilling sky-high tourist attractions around the world

5 thrilling sky-high tourist attractions around the world

Not for the faint of heart, these are some of the most thrilling, high octane tourist activities to try
02 August 23
Sky High Tourist Attractions

Discover the world from new heights!

These five thrilling sky-high tourist attractions are something different to do on your travels this year, or are the perfect activities for those seeking a truly thrilling experience beyond the usual museums and art galleries.

Experience the breeze from the top edge of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, take in panoramic views from Tokyo's Tembo Deck, perched 350 meters above the city, and brave the adrenaline-pumping Edge Walk at Sky Views Observatory in Dubai.

Here are five sky-high tourist attractions that will help you experience these unforgettable destinations that offer a different perspective on the world.

Sydney, Australia

Activity: Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

Cost: From AUD$294

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney's most famous tourist attractions, and the highest point of the arch you can climb sits at approximately 134 meters above the ground.

Since the opening of this attraction in October 1998, more than 4 million climbers from 140 countries across the globe have visited the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

From atop, climbers can take in the breathtaking panorama of the entire city, the climb even offers stunning vistas of Sydney's famed Opera House. Children from the age of eight can climb once accompanied by an adult, and there is no upper age limit - the oldest person to climb the bridge was over 100!

Depending on the chosen climb, ascending the arches of Australia's renowned landmark can take anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Numerous celebrities have climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge including singer Tina Turner, actor Ben Stiller and Olympian Usain Bolt.


Peach Springs, Arizona, USA

Activity: Grand Canyon Skywalk

Cost: From USD$64

This incredible tourist attraction opened in March 2007, and has been a popular experience ever since.

A glass-bottomed, horseshoe shaped pathway perched on the edge of a cliff on the western edge of the USA's Grand Canyon. The skywalk is suspended a cool 4,000 metres above the floor of the Grand Canyon.

The walkway is 10-feet wide, and extends out from the cliff edge more than 70 feet. Terrifying and thrilling all at the same time, this walkway offers incredible views across the cavernous canyons below and across the horizon.

Spend as much (or as little) time as you wish taking in the sights from this glass-edge, glass-bottomed bridge.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Activity: Edge Walk at Sky Views Observatory

Cost: From AED504

Fancy hanging out over the edge of building that is over 219.5 metres above ground?

Experience the awe-inspiring Sky Edge Walk encircling The Address Sky View in Downtown Dubai. Offering a bird's eye view of Dubai's skyscrapers and the famous Burj Khalifa, this is the city's highest full-circle hands-free walk.

Walk along the outside of the building with no windows or barriers, and immerse yourself in breathtaking views of the city, and if you're feeling brave - let go of all your inhibitions and swing out over the edge.

It's a thrilling and unforgettable adventure like no other in the region.


Sumida City, Tokyo, Japan

Activity: Tembo Deck at Tokyo Sky Tree

Cost: From ¥1,800

If you're looking for a thrill, and incredible city views, visit the Tembo Deck at Tokyo Sky Tree. Sitting 350 metres above the city, the Tembo Deck is split across three levels - each offering panoramic views across Toyko.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is one of the tallest buildings in the world and stretches to 634 metres, meaning the glass-edge tunnels and walkways that encircle the Tembo Deck allow for unobstructed views of the Japanese city.

For those feeling extra brave, why not visit Tembo Galleria? Sitting 100 metres higher than Tembo Deck, this incredible look out location is perched at a height of 450 metres above ground level.


Surfer's Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Activity: Climb the Sky Point Building

Cost: From AUD$89

This is Australia's highest external building climb, the Sky Point Climb is 270 metres above sea level, so be prepared to be windswept. Don't worry you'll be securely clipped into a harness!

You can relax knowing you're secure in your harness, and you can hold (cling) onto the internal handrail, but if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, you can walk along the edge of the stairs and experience the thrill of a 270-meter sheer vertical drop.

Climb during the day, or pick the twilight tickets, either way you will be able to take in the incredible views over the buildings and beaches of the Gold Coast city of Surfer's Paradise.