Sydney Harbour vantage points

There are few things in the world as breathtaking as watching the sun setting over Sydney Harbour and the skyscrapers of the city. On New Year’s Eve, finding a vantage point becomes a Sydneysider’s obsession as thousands come to see the fireworks display, but the harbour is stunning every other day of the year, too.

For in-your-face vistas, try Mrs Macquarie’s Chair at the Royal Botanic Gardens, or anywhere around the Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay – both also make great spots for watching the famous ferrython on Australia Day. The views from Café Sydney are magnificent, though bookings are recommended on weekends, or get a fantastic view from aboard the Manly Ferry.

On the north shore under the ramps of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the grassy knolls of Milsons Point offer unobstructed city views. Walk to Luna Park or catch a ferry to Taronga Zoo, where only the giraffes will be able to see the harbour better than you.

To watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on 26 December, get to the vantage points of Sydney Harbour National Park. They include Quarantine (Q) Station near Manly, Headland Park in Mosman and the Hornby Lighthouse on South Head past Watsons Bay, where you will also find Doyles on the Beach waterfront restaurant.

Or for a view like no other, join the people at BridgeClimb Sydney for a guided tour to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At 134 metres above sea level, you’ll see every nook and cranny of the city and harbour that makes it the wonder it is.