When you live in Sydney, all you need to do is randomly point and shoot with your camera and you get a stunning picture – we’re just that spoilt for choice when it comes to views. Here are some spectacular lookouts in and around Sydney that are guaranteed to take your breath away.
1. Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The lookout from Barrenjoey Lighthouse remains one of the most famous views around Sydney, and for good reason. It is a serene spot and the walk up to Palm Beach itself is lovely. Make sure to stop at The Boathouse for a cuppa and a bite after the 25-minute trek to the lighthouse.
2. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
The lookout from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is absolutely breathtaking. Containing both the Opera House and The Harbour Bridge in one frame, it faces west so you also get the sunset as the backdrop – a total win-win.
3. Observatory Hill
Another fine, yet relatively underrated lookout is the Observatory Hill. You can take a picnic up to the hill for some scenic city views, it’s very close to Wynyard station and takes just about 10 minutes to climb up.
4. Jeffrey St, Kirribilli
If you’re after the perfect sundown from the Harbour Bridge look no further than Jeffrey St in Kirribilli. Hot tip for photographers: keep a lookout for the puddle on the path which reflects the Harbour Bridge making for a very creative shot.
5. Cremorne Point
We highly recommend the entire Cremorne Point Walk, it’s an easy 3km walk and the views are to die for. You really cannot lose.
6. Luna Park
One of my absolute favourite views of the glittering Sydney skyline. Walk along the waterfront from Luna Park around Milsons Point or Kirribilli and you can enjoy a variety of stunning angles. Pro tip: visit it late at night and you’ll be in for a treat.
7. Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk
There is a pedestrian walkway which is completely free and offers some great panoramic views of the city. You can also do a guided walk across the bridge. The best time to do is around sunset but if you’re feeling extra adventurous, try making it for sunrise. It’s a view to behold.
8. Stanwell Tops
Another gorgeous lookout, Stanwell Tops has it all and then some. A view of the gorgeous Sea Cliffe Bridge, miles of water and a lawn to sit on to admire the view.
9. Bondi Icebergs
If you know Sydney, you know Bondi. With white lining across the pool contrasting with the blue and green hues of the water, the Bondi Icebergs are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the view.
10. Mackenzies Point, Bondi to Coogee Walk
Far be it from us to mention Bondi and leave out the famous Mackenzies Point. This lookout offers some of the best views of the iconic Bondi to Coogee walk as well as the weathered cliffs to Tamarama and Bronte beach.
11. America Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park
America Bay is a stunning little hike in Ku-ring-gai Chase and offers views for days. If you haven’t explored this little gem yet, you’re missing out. While you’re at it, we have a definitive list of national parks in and around Sydney you should definitely check out.
12. Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower Eye offers a bird’s eye view of some of the city’s most well-known and loved structures. If you haven’t already, add this to your itinerary asap.
13. Wendy’s Secret Garden
Another local gem, Wendy’s Secret Garden is a gorgeous green oasis and a beautiful retreat from the city- in the heart of the city. If you, like me, love a hidden garden, check out our list of local hideouts here.
14. The Cave at Bronte Beach
The Cave at Bronte Beach is a beautiful hidden spot and offers an incredible lookout. It is also surprising that the lookout has managed to remain relatively secret considering its location, this only adds to the intrigue if you ask us.
15. Milk Beach, Vaucluse
Milk Beach offers an unobstructed view of the harbour. It’s also semi-hidden which makes it all the more fun to visit. Don’t forget to carry your swimmers, the backdrop is ideal for a peaceful swim.
16. Echo Point, Blue Mountains
Also a very popular lookout spot, and for good reason, Echo Point overlooks the Three Sisters and the Jamison Valley. Take a moment to enjoy the view, it’s bound to stay with you.
17. McMahons Point
Close to Luna Park, McMahons Point offers an unhindered view of the Harbour Bridge and The Opera House. It’s also not as crowded since most people tend to visit Luna Park so you can enjoy the views without much hindrance.
18. Taronga Zoo
While you do have to pay a hefty price for entry, it is worth it. What’s even better is that you get to gape at all the gorgeous animals and enjoy the scenic city views in tandem.
19. Grand Pacific Drive via Sea Cliff Bridge
We saved one of the best for last. The Grand Pacific Drive is a 140-kilometre coastal drive taking you through gorgeous coastal towns like Kiama, Wollongong and Shoalhaven. It’s a gorgeous, dreamy drive and while technically a lookout, the views
20. Opera Bar
The best thing about the Opera Bar is that you get to enjoy the views with a drink in your hand. You get the perfect view of the Harbour Bridge and The Opera House but also some pretty sweet city views.