Sydney is a gorgeous city in Australia, and there are plenty of spots to get incredible views. It has a stunning skyline, punctuated by some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Take a look below for some of our favourite views in Sydney!
Trek up Observatory Hill to get above the buildings and look out over the city and the water. There is a grassy patch with trees to provide shade, making this the perfect spot for a picnic with a view. The Observatory itself is worth a visit too. It’s free to visit the museum, and you can see some cool old and modern telescopes and other instruments while learning about the stars and sky.
Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Located on the outskirts of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Mrs Macquarie’s Point is one of the best spots to get a picture with both Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is home to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, a grand seat chiseled into the stone. It was named in the early 1800s after Governor Macquarie’s wife demanded a seat to view the harbour from. You can still see (and sit on) the chair today.
The Sydney Ferries can be pretty expensive when used as public transport, but any of them will give you some great views of the city from out across the water. The best time to catch one is on a Sunday, where public transport is capped at AU$2.60 for the entire day. Just top up your Opal card and get on and off as much as you like.
Vaucluse is an eastern suburb of Sydney, just south of Watsons Bay. If you head up the cliffs, you can get an excellent vantage point of the city. From here you are far enough away that you can see the full skyline in all its glory, including Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the distance. The eastern suburbs are easily accessible by bus or car.
The Gap is an ocean cliff located in Watsons Bay, just east of the city. Come for stunning views of the Tasman Sea, with the horizon stretching out as far as the eye can see. There is a somber air to the location, as it has become an infamous suicide location. We learned the touching story of a man known as the ‘Angel of The Gap’ who lived there and saved at least 160 lives. It’s heartbreaking to see the memorial flowers, and it serves as a reminder to cherish life and the ones you love.
Head to Circular Quay to get up close to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. Sit right next to Sydney Opera House, and look out over the harbour at Sydney Harbour Bridge. You may also get to see a massive cruise ship in the port. You really can’t comprehend how big these boats are until you have seen one!
We didn’t make it to North Sydney during this trip, but head over the Harbour Bridge for viewpoints of the city from different angles. Great locations for viewing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge include Luna Park, McMahons Point, Cremorne Point, and Taronga Zoo.
From the air
Our pictures won’t do it justice, but if you’re flying into Sydney you can get fantastic views of the city from the plane. Get a window seat if you can, and see how many of Sydney’s iconic landmarks you can spot.
If you’re heading to Sydney, check out our full Sydney Travel Guide for tips on where to stay, getting around, what to eat and drink, and things to do.
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