City Skyline

The city's iconic silhouettes are best viewed from across Darling Harbour, the North Shore or from a ferry cruise.

TravelCurious Tip

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.

Darling Harbour

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.

Nearby Attractions

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Circular Quay
The main departure point for most of Sydney's ferries; see if you can spot the man with the didgeridoo.
Sydney Tower Eye
The tallest building in Sydney offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the city.
The Strand Arcade
This 19th century arcade is at the heart of downtown Sydney, and full of delightful boutique shops.
State Library of NSW
Officially the oldest library in Australia, with a grand exterior to match its distinction.
Darling Harbour
Perfect for people-watching, dining by the water and admiring the city skyline.
Sydney Town Hall
Built from local sandstone, Sydney's ornate town hall is a magnificent civic building.

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