We’ve rounded up some of the best office views in Australia and there’s not a desk chair in sight.
By Jessica Wilkinson
Forget fluorescent lighting and office cubicles – in Australia we do things a little differently. With so much natural beauty around us, it’s no wonder that a lucky few get to spend their days overlooking some breath-taking views. From flying over Uluru in the Northern Territory to watching whales breach in Tasmania, here are some of the top office views from around Australia.
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Climb Leader in Sydney
Now this has to be one of the best office views in the world. Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a BridgeClimb for some amazing, panoramic views of Sydney’s iconic harbor. No special climbing skills are required, and there are various sessions throughout the day, including at twilight and dawn. If you'd prefer to keep your feet on the ground, it’s free for visitors to cross the bridge along the pedestrian walkway.
Life guard at Bondi Beach
One of the most iconic Australian jobs, with one of the most iconic views. The lifeguards at Bondi Beach aren’t just for TV – it’s a real job and they get to spend their days on the sand and in the surf of Australia’s most famous beach. The Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club is the oldest surf lifesaving club in the world and on Sunday mornings between October and March you can see the "nippers", Australia's future lifesavers, learning the ropes from as young as five years old.
Motorcycle tour guide at Uluru
Tough day at the office for the team at Uluru Motorcycle Tours. Watching Uluru change colours at sunrise or sunset is one of outback Australia's most unmissable experiences and doing it while on the back of a Harley Davidson is even better. You’ll be guided around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (home to Uluru), the domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park.
Pilot in Central Australia
It's not every day you get to take a scenic flightover a group of rock formations as spectacular as these ones - the ancient sandstone domes of Kata Tjuta. Located a 4.5-hour drive from Alice Springs, this fascinating landmark is made up of 36 domes spread over an area of 20 kilometres.
Dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef
The crew on Reef Magic Cruises have exclusive access to this stunning coral reef location – talk about a view that’s out of the ordinary. This spot has amazing water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life meaning that a tour with these guys guarantees an amazing dive experience.
Horse ride instructor at Rainbow Beach
A regular day at the office for the team at Rainbow Beach Horse Rides can include swimming in the ocean while riding a horse bareback. Their beach ride is very popular – Rainbow Beach offers pure white sand and crystal-clear water. You won’t be crowded out on the beach as they hold the only permit to ride along the section of beach and no other vehicles are allowed. They offer beach rides, full moon beach rides, country rides and our very popular country full moon ride and even multi day rides.
Pearl farmer in the Torres Strait Islands
Now this is a ‘pearler’ of a view. The team at the Kazu Pearl Farm on Friday Island get to look out over this each day as they head into work to seed the pearl shells. The only way to get to Friday Island is to get a plane to Horn Island in the Torres Strait, then a ferry to Thursday Island, and then hop on over (via a small tin boat) to Friday Island, which is nearly always sunny with golden sand and clear blue water.
Bartender in Melbourne
Imagine making cocktails on the top of the world! This sensational view is from Vue De Monde’s Lui Bar on the 55th floor of the Rialto, Melbourne, which is one of the tallest office buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. This sophisticated spot is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink whilst watching the sun set over the world's most liveable city.
Ski instructor at Falls Creek
The ski instructors at Falls Creek get to look out onto this pastel-hued winter wonderland every day. Falls Creek sits in Alpine National Park in the scenic Bogong High Plains, a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Melbourne. With 1112 acres (450 hectares) of skiable terrain, more than 90 runs and 65 kilometres (40 miles) of free cross-country trails, downhill skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and terrain parks there’s something for everyone.
Boat skipper in Tasmania
So this is what a typical day looks like for the Pennicott Wilderness Journeys team. Robert Pennicott and his team of passionate local guides have been sharing the beautiful sights of Tasmania on their cruises of Bruny Island and Tasman Island since 1999. You can expect some pretty spectacular scenery, wildlife, food and wine. Tours and cruises depart from Hobart, Bruny Island and Port Arthur.
Park ranger on the Three Capes Track
In this office, it’s just a park ranger and 46 kilometres (28 miles) of cliff-hugging wilderness in Australia's far south-east. Few places on earth feel so remote, raw, and removed from the ordinary than Tasmania's Three Capes Track. The track is a four day walk with bookings for only 48 walkers per day. Overnight stops are within environmentally-sensitive cabins and shared dining hubs are equipped with heating, gas cooktops, tables and seating. All that’s left is for you to relax on the panoramic decks and enjoy the staggering views.
Heli tour guide in the Kimberley
The Kimberley region – spread over Australia's entire north-western corner – is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers and exploring by helicopter is a truly awe-inspiring experience. From the sky, you’ll get to see the prolific wildlife, majestic canyons and freshwater swimming holes. The best part? You don’t need to know how to fly a helicopter to do it. The team at Helispirit will take you.
Police officer in the Margaret River Region
Forget handcuffs and tasers, the police in Margaret River spend their days a little differently. Today’s task is keeping an eye on a curious little Bronze Whaler shark that's been paying regular morning visits to the bay... then they get to enjoy the region’s infamous wine and beaches. Take a tour of the region and find out why Margaret River is so magical.
Four-wheel drive tour guide in the Fleurieu Peninsula
Now this is how to do office drinks - a glass of wine while watching the sun set off the coast of South Australia. They guys at Off Piste 4WD Tours will take you off-road to the hard-to-reach places in the Fleurieu Peninsula (which sits in between the city of Adelaide and Kangaroo Island). Tour itineraries will take you to locations such as the McLaren Vale wine region, the Coorong, the mouth of the Murray River, superb coastal vistas and beaches, and a range of National Parks.
Cellar door manager in South Australia
Wine and this view - where do we sign up? The lucky folk at Bay of Shoals Wines get to look out onto this magical view every day… and the best part is that they’re pouring wine while they do it. Perched above the ocean with vine-terraced hills, this is a perfect spot to sample some of Kangaroo Island’s finest wine.
Hot air balloon pilot in Canberra
Undoubtedly one of the best ways to see Canberra is in a hot air balloon. Balloon Aloft and Dawn Drifters will have you drifting peacefully over the waking city. Fun fact: this is one of the few places in the world where you can fly directly over a Parliament House. Visit during the Canberra Balloon Spectacular and you can fly among dozens of balloons.
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