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By Shannon Connellan
April 01, 2016
By Shannon Connellan
April 01, 2016

Sydney's harbour control tower has long stood as the lonely watchman of Barangaroo, monitoring ferry activity and making sure boozy teenagers don't vandalise too much heritage-listed property in The Rocks. The 'concrete mushroom' as it's been referred to in very, very niche circles of Sydney, was originally planned for destruction by tiny, tiny remote-controlled robots, according to SMH.

But now, the historic control tower is now set for a landmark makeover worthy of Coney Island, playing host to an epic swing chair carousel ride, planned for instalment in late 2016.

Originally locked in for at least three amateur How to Host a Murder parties and a giant neon wang installation for Vivid Sydney 2017, the control tower's fate was uncertain. Now, thanks to an anonymous billionaire and his multi-Grammy-winning fiance, the tower will function as a free swing ride for anyone brave enough to waive the staggeringly vague insurance policy. Set to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the swing ride has been dubbed 'Sydney's new BridgeClimb' by every other high-flying Sydney tourist attraction that isn't Sydney Bridgeclimb.

Keen to hop on the Barangaroo swing ride? Punters will have the chance to win a spot on the highly coveted ride, after passing a series of rigorous tests. While the exact contents of the test have yet to be revealed, insiders suggest punters may be judged on whether they think Gumshara has the best ramen in Sydney, whether Steven Avery is not guilty or not guilty, and whether putting Nutella inside a food item that may not necessarily always be the best pairing for Nutella is reason enough to open an entire cafe around the idea.

Register here for your turn on the Sydney Harbour Swing Ride. Getting your shoes back after said ride is your gamble.

Published on April 01, 2016 by Shannon Connellan


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