Skyline of Sydney, Sydney
One of the most spectacular things about Syndey is its Skyline. While on a ferry to any of the outer islands, you'll be graced with these spectacular views.
I snapped this pic on our way to Manly one bright beautiful day. That is what makes Sydney so special, the weather is almost always fantastic and the sky is so blue and the clouds so white.
I think one of the first things you should do when you go to Sydney is take a trip to the top... the Sydney tower. Sarah and I had done quite a bit of walking throughout the city before we ventured up to the top, and I personally would have gained alot of assistance by seeing how the city was laid out had we gone here first. As a person who likes to get the most out of his time, the Skytower was really fun, because you could see where the Opera House and Harbour Bridge were in relation to the Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and even where the Olympic Park was. There was also a wonderful view of Hyde Park, the Royal Botanical Garden, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and the rest of downtown Sydney! If you are in downtown, make sure you go! Also, one thing we missed out on because of timing was the Oztrek motion adventure. Check your times and make sure you go before you go to the top, or plan to come back down in time. We missed it because we did not plan for it properly!
The Sydney Tower experience takes you 250 metres above Sydney, giving a breathtaking view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, including the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
You’ll be amazed at what you can see from the highest point in town!
Ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world the design has made the tower capable of withstanding earthquakes and extreme wind conditions. 56 cables stabilise the tower.
The turret has a capacity of 960 persons, and contains two levels of restaurants, a coffee lounge, and an Observation Deck.
Three high speed lifts take approximately 40 seconds to travel from top to bottom. I found it wobbly and scary!
There is a 'skytour', an interactive virtual ride\tour that you can do before going up the tower. It gives a really good tour of Australia in general. We were very imressed with it. Excellent!
While it's a must do to see the harbour from around The Rocks and Darling Harbour, to get an idea of what the original enchantment was all about you need to get about as far away from those two sites as possible.
An activity I would recommend is to head for the north shore where the nooks and crannies of the little bays lend a serene enchantment unavailable in the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Out on the harbour or walking the north side gives you at times spectacular views and you'll also see some of the natural animals (pic 2) that you won't get walking down George Street.
Hopefully these pictures give you some idea of what's in store.
Sydney at night is just as beautiful as it is in the day. We enjoyed walking around the city and seeing the Opera House and Bridge illuminated. Sydney definitely has a good nightlife and we loved watching all the activity.
Situated at the top of Australia's tallest attraction, Sydney Tower Restaurant offers a truly unique dining experience. Whilst enjoying the best local and international cuisine at over 300 meters above sea level, in 70 minutes you'll be treated to spectacular 360 degree views of Sydney. Maybe interesting but quite expensive. We had not enough time and money to go there. Just one more tower..
Each year, runners compete in the Sydney Tower Run up, racing up the stairs - 1504 stairs!!
However, most visitors take one of three lifts, which travel the 250m climb in about 40 seconds. The observation deck at Sydney Tower has 350 degree views of the city, free tours,
and telescopes from which you can sight the Opera House, the Blue Mountains.
After the breath taking expierence, you can sit down in restaurant of you choice or the
Ticket includes a ride on OzTrek, a simulated adventure ride in which you sit in a moving chair in fron of a 180 degree cinema and SOAR over Australian icons, including Bondi Beach.
Open daily 9.00a.m. to 10.30p.m SAT to 11.30 p.m Adults $24.00 children $14.00 AUD
The Sydney Tower is the highest point above Sydney Australia that offers 360-degree views of the city. At the time of this tip, it cost $24 - Australian. If you purchase ahead on the web, it is $21.60. Frankly, this tourist attraction falls flat. While I recoginized some parks, the opera house and the bridge; the view is otherwise uneventful. It's a huge expanse of non-descript buildings and water from every direction. They do not have any plaques displayed that point out the highlights of north/east/south/west views like many other city's skyviews.
I have heard the a la carte restaurant in the tower is revolving and quite nice for dinner, but I have not tried it yet.
Check out the sky tower during the dusk time...so that you can get the best of day light and night lights...Do not miss out the OZTRACK...since its combined with the ticket...I like their hologram themes.
They give discount if you ask for it with more than 8 people in the group.
Sydney's skyline is best viewed from a high spot somewhere -- this from the verandah of a unit where I visited some years ago. Other opportunities can be from the Harbour Bridge Walk or indeed from the plane window as you arrive. Just beautiful.
As I mentioned on the intro page, the absolute best view of Sydney is from this point. Great view of the skyline, Opera House, and Harbor Bridge. Some of my best photos were taken here. If you visit Sydney, you do not want to miss this view.
To get a fantastic 360 deg view of Sydney's heart; the harbour, pay Centre Point Tower a visit. You could only get better if you went in a plane. The cost is $17 AUD per adult. There is interesting commentary provided on the observation deck. Also included in the ticket price is a virtual tour of Australia,with simulated flights over the continent including the great outback, called the Skytour. It is not provided in the tower itself but rather on the level where the tickets are purchased.
Warning though - if you are going to eat here, eat in the Turret Level 1, DO NOT eat Turret Level 2. Turret Level 2 is where the $60 buffet is on a Fri and Sat night. And I would be embarrassed to bring international or any other friends here af ter I went there just a week ago. The restaurant is old and shabby, the food is cafeteria-grade [luke warm and congealed] eg raspberry cheesecake is made with the same supermarket quality sponge cake as the tiramasu [ only the mock cream is flavoured differently on top] and the service is appalling. One girl could hardly speak english and told us to sit and barked buffett instructions at us. Then disappeared, pretty much for good. You are paying for an awesome view, but the shoddy restaurant is a disgrace! its still stuck in the 70s, the floor is bare chipboard in some areas and there was a gash in the old worn vinyl booth I sat in. There are garbage bins overflowing at the service desks in the restaurant itself. From your booth as it rotates you can see in open doors to kithcen areas with milk crates and rubbish strewn across the floor. WHAT THE??? I thought I was in a garbage dump. Terrible. As a major tourist icon the people operating on this floor really need to get their act together.
Spend the extra money and go to the a-la-carte restaurant on TL 1. At least it has a floor.
If you’re a photographer (hobbyists/amateurs/pros whatever) or a romantic-kinda person. Despite the famous spot like the Bondi Beach, another best place to watch the sunset is around the Darling Harbor esp. on the Aquarium’s side. Nothing much to say about this, just check out my photo and you’ll know what I’m trying to tell you.
Mrs Macquaries Chair is in the CBD - its a large park where concerts and other events are held in the DOMAIN. From the furthest point you will see some amazing views of both the sydney skyline/opera house, the harbour bridge AND the skyline in North Sydney.
Alot of weddings and wedding photos take place here. Its a must for every tourist to get there and have some photos taken before they leave.
This isn't anything special but it gives you a great view of the whole of the city and harbour. For a reasonable price you can spend as long as you want at the top of the tower where on a clear day you can see as far as the Blue Mountains.
You get excellant views of the parks around the city and different buildings like the sports stadiums and museums.