The best thing about Australian cities is the diversity in landscapes along with the perfect harmony that exists between metropolitan spaces and natural sceneries. Sydney’s famous skyline is a testament to this unique dynamic with the city’s beautiful blue waters and the tree-filled Royal Botanic Gardens framing the outline of the skyscrapers and iconic architectural features such as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Surrounded by long stretches of beach, lush nature reserves and numerous harbour islands, Sydney offers some of the best views in all of New South Wales. Coupled with the warm weather throughout the year, sunrise missions, scenic hikes, after-work adventures and evening drinks are customary to life in Sydney.
Here are some of the best views to enjoy in Sydney!
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Let’s start with one of Sydney’s most famous landmarks, the impressive Harbour Bridge. Spanning the harbour from the central business district to the North Shore, the iconic view of this heritage-listed arch bridge is the postcard image of Sydney. While the Harbour Bridge can be admired from almost anywhere in the city, the view from the top of the bridge is something you won’t find anywhere else in Sydney. If you’re up for the challenge, book a sunrise or sunset walk to the summit of the bridge, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the city below at more than 130 metres above sea level.
Sydney Tower Eye
Another landmark you won’t be able to miss is the Sydney Tower Eye, which is the tallest structure in Sydney and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Needless to say, this high-rise tower offers some of the most immersive and far-reaching aerial views in all of Sydney. From the glass-floor observation deck located more than 250 metres above street level, you will see Sydney as you’ve never seen it before! The tower also houses a rotating restaurant and bar along with other entertainment activities, promising an experience like no other.
The Barrenjoey Lighthouse located in the picturesque Palm Beach in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney offers stunning views of the northern coastline. The lighthouse sits at the end of a short hiking trail of about 1km. The track meanders through beautiful bushy greenery which is already a sight to behold. The lookout point at the top of the hill is one of the best sunset spots in Sydney — the perfect afternoon adventure if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
The eastern suburb of Watsons Bay is home to one of the most awe-inspiring natural scenes around Sydney. Here you’ll find a striking ocean cliff known as The Gap, offering pristine views over the eastern coastal region. Watsons Bay can easily be reached via ferry while the lookout point at The Gap is situated among a multitude of coastal hiking tracks. Although this destination requires a bit more effort, the journey to reach The Gap will be well worth your time!
Trade the city streets for the great outdoors by taking a trip to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. Spending a couple of hours in the mountains among the eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and cliffs will clear your head and foster a new appreciation for Australia’s rich biodiversity. This mountainous region is home to several famous lookout points, including Echo Point and Lincoln’s Rock. Echo Point in the town of Katoomba offers astonishing views of the unusual Three Sisters rock formation, while Lincoln’s Rock looks out over the majestic Jamison Valley.
Observatory Hill Park
If you’re looking for a spot that is quicker and easier to access from the city, head to Observatory Hill Park in Millers Point. Located in the heart of the CBD just a stone’s throw from the Harbour Bridge, Observatory Hill captures a picture-perfect view of the Sydney skyline while serving as a prime destination for a morning coffee or a quick lunch break. The park is frequented by locals who live and work in the area as well as tourists visiting the heritage-listed meteorological station, astronomical observatory and science museum.
This list won’t be complete without including some beach views in Sydney! With world-famous beaches like Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Shelly Beach, Palm Beach and dozens more, Sydney provides plenty of options for coastal adventures and water sports. Although you’ll struggle to find a beach in Sydney that doesn’t impress with views, you might have a hard time finding a beach that isn’t overcrowded with visitors — especially during peak sunset hours. Treat yourself to a peaceful and undisturbed outing to one of the city’s quieter beaches such as Milk Beach. Located in Hermit Bay in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Milk Beach is a small and secluded beach that is ideally suited for swimming and snorkelling while soaking in the splendid views.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
Another prime sunset location in Sydney is the historic Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Botanic Gardens. This ‘chair’ was hand-carved out of an exposed sandstone rock more than 200 years ago, now serving its purpose as a prized lookout point and a well-known local checkpoint in the area. The area surrounding Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, known as Mrs Macquarie’s Point, is a popular location for New Year’s Eve celebrations and other social gatherings. The perfect hangout spot for spending time with friends, meeting new people and enjoying the gorgeous views over the harbour!