Top 10 Places with the Best Views Around Sydney

Aug 18, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar

Marianne Zarzar is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance major at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, she is studying abroad in Sydney this semester.

In this week's post, Marianne shows us 10 beautiful places with the best views and photo spots around Sydney.


One of the reasons why I have loved Australia so much is because of its shockingly beautiful landscapes and views. Because I think Australia is utterly stunning and I wanted to share it with everyone, I had the idea to create this top 10 list of views in Australia. I hope this list gives you an idea of how beautiful Australia is, and makes you fall in love with it as much as I did!

1. On the Ferry to Manly

A View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the Ferry to ManlyA sunset by the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You can either cruise on a regular ferry to one of the prettiest beaches and beach towns in Australia, or choose to take a fast ferry to Manly. Either way, you will be able to enjoy one of the best views of both the Harbour bridge and the Opera House. The ferries take you up close to both of best known views of Sydney, so you will be able to take close up pictures that are Instagram- and postcard-worthy. Make sure to also take the ferry ride at night to get a different, and also equally beautiful view of the city.

2. Pylon Climb

Pylon LookoutEyes up to the Pylon Lookout where you can see the best views in town.

This is definitely one of the best views in town. It is also a cheap equivalent of doing the Bridge Climb, so if you want a less scary and cheaper option, the Pylon Climb is the best alternative. Make sure to climb up during a nice sunny day to get the best views, and plan on spending a few minutes up there, taking in the views and getting some quality pictures!

3. Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

View of Sydney from the Museum of Contemporary Art AustraliaThe cityscape from a hidden gem: the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

This is definitely one of Sydney’s hidden gems. If you are an art fanatic, make sure to make your way to the Museum of Contemporary Art. After walking around the Museum and enjoying their free art exhibitions, make your way to the café on the top floor. Their café has one of the most beautiful views of the Harbour, and you’ll be able to enjoy some treats while you enjoy the view.

4. Mrs. Macquarie's Chair

A Good Vantage Point from Mrs Macquarie's ChairDefinitely a good vantage point for a beautiful view in Sydney.

Even though the chair itself is not as exciting as you’d expect, the walk around the Sydney Harbour on your way towards it offers some of the best views. On a sunny day, you will be able to see the water sparkle and get a good vantage point from Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. Remember to also stop by the Royal Botanical Gardens, which are a couple of minutes walk away.

5. Milk Beach

Milk BeachA sunset at Milk Beach in Sydney.

This is another one of Sydney’s hidden gems. This small beach near Rose Bay definitely has one of the best views. Sunsets in Sydney are generally gorgeous, but make sure to watch it at least once from Milk Beach.

6. Rocks

CAPAStudyAbroad_Sydney_Summer2018_From Marianne Zarzar - The RocksSydney during the evening.

I discovered this spot thanks to a tour guide from I’m Free Walking Tours. If you have time, please consider going on one (or both!) of their free walking tours; they offer two different tours, and are definitely worth taking. You not only will be able to get to know the city from a Sydneysider’s perspective, you will also get to ask your guide all of your burning questions about Sydney!

7. Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi BeachPausing on the coastal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach for just a second.

This is another coastal walk that is most definitely worth going on. This walk takes you all the way from Bondi beach, one of the busiest and prettiest beaches Sydney has to offer, to Coogee, another gorgeous beach. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to take a break and rest on any one of the number of beaches, large and small, and parks along the way. Make sure to bring snacks and a water bottle, since the walk is 6 kilometres (about three miles) long!

8. Sydney Observatory

Night Sky from One of the Domes at the Sydney ObservatoryThe Sydney night sky.

I have already rambled about the Observatory on a previous post, so you know how passionate I am about this! Once again, this is definitely a site worth visiting. Not only are the views from the Observatory breathtaking, both of space and of the city, but the Observatory is also located near Barangaroo, which also has great views in addition to it being a peaceful park to rest after a long week.

9. Taronga Zoo

Overlooking Sydney from Taronga ZooTaronga Zoo provides a way to see the beautiful city of Sydney!

A zoo with a view! At Taronga, aside from getting to see the animals and learn about their conservation efforts, you also get one of the best views of the city. If you enjoy zoos and learning, make sure to stop by Taronga! I had the opportunity to visit through CAPA, since they organized a sleepover at the zoo; definitely one of my highlights for many reasons, including the view!

10. Beach on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast in QueenslandA flight away: Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Last but not least, this one is also worth mentioning despite it being a flight away. If you get the opportunity to travel, I would recommend going to the Sunshine Coast. Here, you will be able to escape the busy city life, and enjoy the beaches this town has to offer. The Sunshine Coast is also not as popular among tourists, yet, and is therefore very peaceful.

ManlyThere are so many things to do in Sydney; the views are a great perk!

If and when you have the opportunity to visit Australia, I hope you are able to visit all of these spots that, in my opinion, offer some of the best views in Sydney. An added bonus of this list is that it can double as a list of things to do here in Australia! Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoyed the views!

Thanks, Marianne!

Marianne's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: Sydney, Australia, Top 10, Environment