Make your way to one of these vantage points to get the best views Sydney has to offer.
From stunning beaches to renowned architectural feats, Sydney is a sight to behold. Whether you’d rather be at sea level or up in the air, there are many ways to take it all in. Take a look at some of our favourite places to get the best scenic views of the city.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, the Domain
If you’re looking for the perfect retreat just minutes away from the city centre, you can’t go wrong with Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The historic chair, located in Mrs Macquarie’s Point, was carved out of a rock ledge for Governor Macquarie’s wife Elizabeth, who frequented the area to enjoy the panoramic views of the harbour. The sight of the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background is a classic for a reason, so make sure you bring your camera to snap the iconic shot. If you visit during New Year's Eve, this spot offers an incredible view of Sydney's exhilarating firework shows.
Bridgeclimb, Sydney Harbour Bridge
With unrivalled 360-degree views of the harbour and the city skyline, sightseeing doesn’t get much better than climbing to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Standing tall at 134 metres (439 feet) above sea level, it provides a vantage point unlike any other. Donning one of the famous BridgeClimb suits and lead by a Climb Leader, you’ll ascend the steel arches whilst you listen to the history of the Bridge and the city and you marvel at the views.
Fort Denison, Sydney Harbour
A former prison and military fortress, Fort Denison’s history is now part of Sydney Harbour National Park and one of the best places to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The fort it’s open every day for visitors to enjoy a guided tour and learn about Sydney’s maritime and colonial history. If you happen to be there around lunchtime, you will even experience the firing of the 1 o’clock cannon on the Martello Tower. Accessible by ferry from Circular Quay, the trip itself offers stunning scenic views of the harbour.
Watsons Bay, Eastern Suburbs
If you want to venture a little bit further, Watsons Bay, a harbourside eastern suburb of Sydney is the perfect spot. One of the best ways to enjoy the stunning city and harbour views is to take the coastal walk to Hornby Lighthouse, which offers not only skyline views but a clifftop vantage point with a charming lighthouse. If you prefer more relaxing activities, you can settle into an afternoon of food and drinks overlooking the harbour in one of its seaside restaurants, including seafood specialist Doyles. You can get to Watsons Bay by bus, but nothing can beat the panoramic ferry journey from Circular Quay.
Milsons Point, lower North Shore
Milsons Point, located just north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, is a harbouside suburb offering not only a spectacular view but also the perfect afternoon. Grab the train or ferry to Milsons Point, where you'll find the North Sydney Olympic Pool, a beautiful lap pool that lies just under the Harbour Bridge. Milsons Point is also home to the ever-popular Luna Park, an amusement park that dates back to 1935. Hop onto the ferris wheel to take your vantage point up a level.