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Where to Find the Best Views in Sydney

With its iconic skyline, world-famous landmarks, and picturesque waterfront, Sydney is photogenic from all angles. Whether you want to see it from the skies, the tallest building, or from the water, here's where to find the best views in Sydney.

Where to Find the Best Views in Sydney
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

A ferry passes through The Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a popular backdrop.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Choose your adventure: casual stroll or daring ascent

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most photographed landmarks, but it also offers a spectacular viewpoint. Look out over Sydney Harbour as you walk, cycle, or drive over the bridge, or challenge yourself to the notorious Sydney BridgeClimb for views from 440 feet (134 meters) up.

Sydney Tower Eye

Exterior of Sydney Tower Eye, the city's tallest building.
The Sydney Tower Eye is the city's tallest building.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Sweeping panoramas at record-breaking heights

At a dizzying 1,000 feet (309 meters), the Sydney Tower Eye is the city's tallest building and the second highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere. Book skip-the-line tickets for panoramic views from the glass-walled observation deck; enjoy dinner with a view at the tower's revolving restaurant, or brave the open-air Skywalk.

Helicopter and Seaplane Tours

A bird's-eye view of Sydney, Australia.
Catch a glimpse of aerial views from up high on a helicopter tour.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Airborne experiences to see Sydney in a new light

Take to the skies for a thrilling helicopter or seaplane flight over Sydney and enjoy the ultimate bird's-eye view of the city. Soar over Sydney Harbour, glide along the coast, or fly over the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, taking in landmarks such as Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Blue Mountains from above.

Sydney Harbour Cruises

A ferry passes through the Sydney Harbour offering views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the waterfront neighborhoods.
For a unique perspective, set sail along the coastal beaches of Sydney.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The city by water, from coastline to skyline

Many of the most memorable photographs of Sydney Harbour are taken from the water, and sightseeing cruises offer a prime view of Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the waterfront neighborhoods. For a unique perspective, set sail along the coastal beaches, ride the ferry to Manly Beach, or soak up the atmosphere on a sunset or dinner cruise.

The Gap, Watsons Bay

The Cliff at The Gap, a dramatic lookout atop the ocean cliffs of Watsons Bay.
The Gap is the most popular viewpoint along Sydney's coastline.Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A coastal gem with distant city views

There are hundreds of viewpoints along Sydney's coastline, but among the most popular is that at The Gap, a dramatic lookout atop the ocean cliffs of Watsons Bay. In addition to the sight of the waves crashing against the cliffs below, you'll be able to spot the harbor and the city skyline in the distance. Consider a lunch cruise to Sydney's secret beaches for a look.

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