Best vantage points for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

4 December 2014

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is one of Australia’s iconic sporting events that sets sail on Boxing Day, 26 December, each year.

First held in 1945, the competition is hailed as one of the world’s most demanding long ocean races, attracting participants from across the globe that complete the 628 nautical mile course in yachts of varied shapes and sizes.

Join the thousands of spectators that line Sydney Harbour to watch the magnificent site of the fleet leaving Sydney Heads from these impressive vantage points.

Sydney Harbour National Park

Encompassing several islands and stretches of foreshore, the Sydney Harbour National Park offers many viewing locations for the beginning of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. The park’s Middle Head lookout provides a clear line of sight out to the Pacific Ocean and stunning panoramic views of North Head and South Head.

View of Sydney Harbour National Park, Mosman

Sydney Harbour National Park

Headland Park, Mosman

Rich in defence history, Headland Park provides incredible views of Sydney Harbour. Head to Georges Heights Lookout for spectacular panoramic vistas spanning across Sydney Heads, Sydney’s eastern suburbs and the city skyline. Once used as a military lookout, this stunning headland is a prime spot to watch the annual yacht race commence.

View of Headland Park, Mosman

Headland Park, Mosman

Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay

Standing tall at South Head near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park, Hornby Lighthouse is surrounded by magnificent views: Sydney Harbour to the west, Middle Head and North Head to the north, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the east. Enjoy views in all directions and track the progress of the competitors as they head off from the starting line.

View of Hornby Lighthouse, Watson's Bay

Hornby Lighthouse, Watson’s Bay

Quarantine Station (Q Station), Manly

Located at Sydney’s North Head, Q Station is the site of Australia’s first and longest-running quarantine station. Nestled among native bushland and dramatic cliffs, this is one of the most picturesque picnic spots in Sydney with views spanning from the city to Manly – a great vantage point for the race.

View of Q Station, Manly

Q Station, Manly

Harbour Cruises

Get amongst the action and watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart race from the water. Chartered ferries and boats take a limited number of passengers, while many harbour cruises and luxury yacht charters enhance the experience with fine food and beverage packages.

View from Captain Cook Sydney Harbour cruise

Captain Cook Cruises on Sydney Harbour

Harbourside Restaurants

Combine spectating with a delicious meal at one of Sydney’s waterfront restaurants or cafés. Dining spots to the east of Circular Quay and in Watsons Bay offer a view of the yachts as they begin the race. Top picks include Watsons Beach Club and Doyles On The Beach.

View from restaurants around Watsons Bay

Restaurants around Watsons Bay