A ferry cruise is a great way to take in the skyline from all of these angles in the space of an hour or two – see our “Harbour Cruise” page for a fuller description.
Rising above one of the most picturesque city harbours in the world, Sydney’s skyline is a sight not to be missed. Though it is in a sense all around and above you as you wander from place to place, it is well worth making your way to one or more of a few choice spots from which you can fully appreciate the architecture and aesthetic history of the city.
Standing in front of the Sydney Convention Centre on Darling Harbour, you can enjoy a view of the whole of the skyscraper-spiked Central Business District standing proudly across the water. Here on the historic wharf you will also be able to watch the ferries come in and out of the port. If you are lucky enough to find yourself here on a Saturday evening, there is a weekly fireworks display at 8.30pm – the sight of them bursting over the water is mesmerising.
Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair
Situated at the north end of the Royal Botanical Gardens on the south shore, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair offers a 360° panoramic view of the harbour. From here, it is possible to look west and take in the opera house and the harbour bridge simultaneously – at sunset, it can’t be beaten.
On the north shore, next to Admiralty House, sits Kirribilli Point. It forms the third point of an equilateral triangle with the harbour bridge and the opera house, and as such provides great views of both. It also offers a great outlook over Sydney Cove, beyond which looms the 309m Sydney Tower.
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