In my previous tip, I addressed my fascination and interest in big cities' business districts. I marvel at the architecture and design involved as these cities reach for the sky. (.....those Jimi Hendrix words creep into mind, "excuse me while I kiss the sky".....)
Anyway, taking another look at downtown Sydney's CBD after dark adds another helping of magic to the view. When the lights of the city twinkle against a fading sky and the lovely harbour areas, the whole thing seems so very surreal.
So, when nighttime comes, take a glance back at and into the CBD of Sydney. Get yourself a tripod, some high speed film and practice taking photos with your steadiest hand. You'll be rewarded for your effort.
Like any modern metropolis, Sydney's Central Business District is an extremely VERTICAL adventure. If you like the pulse of a city, the sounds, the excitement, the knowledge that "things are really happening" all around you, then I'd recommend a walk in and around Sydney's Central Business District.
As with other skyscraper-dominated landscapes, you might need to get some muscle balm for your neck, as you'll spend a great deal of time looking up.
A lot of large cities are dirty, cloudy messes. Not so with Sydney, The Sydneysiders seem to have found the secret to being a world-class city in a first class way.
Personally, I've never really wanted to LIVE in a large city. But as many of your know, I do enjoy spending some real time "downtown". A few years ago, I became a huge NYC fan. I have added Sydney to my very short list of "favorite big cities". I hope I can get back someday soon.
I loved the skyline of Sydney!! Each city has a distinct skyline, but still, Sydney's is unique!! There are not that many high rise buildings, but it still looks great, especially with the harbour bridge and the opera house in the distance.
I saw the view from a location called 'suicide point'...though I'm not sure whether the bus driver made that up...hmmm. I took a Sydney explorer 'blue bus' towards Bondi Beach and this point (see photo) was where we got the best view of Sydney
Make sure you do it on a clear day!
If you want a change from the observatory deck in the Centrepoint Tower. You could always treat yourself or your partner for a meal at the 'Summit' restaurant.
They have a Sunday buffet which is quite good. I wouldn't say it's cheap (around AUS$60 per head) but the view and the rotating restaurant is worth it.
You might be thinking, well now she has lost it for good, we need to lock her up and throw away the key, but wait ......... we do not have monorails in Africa! That said, I also found that was an excellent way to see the city whilst enjoying the ride.
When we returned to Taronga Park the sun had set and the lights stretched like elastic across the water.
There's a certain magic about reflected light on the water and I stayed for around 20 minutes just taking a couple of photos and enjoying the atmosphere.
This shows the eastern CBD of Sydney.
The Sydney skyline is distinctly unique. One can tell you're not in Kansas anymore and your name isn't Dorothy.
The Best way to get a icture of the Skyline may be to climb the Harbour Bridge. But for the rest of us without that cost in the budget can settle for a photo from the harbour.
Catch a ferry to Manly and then get snap happy.
I love the harbour at night. I forgot to take a tripod this visit and the pictures didn't come out as well as I had hoped but they aren't too bad. i hope this shots shows the type of views you can get in the night at circular quay - well worth going to spend a few hours just looking at the skyline.
What even better - it doesn't cost a cent !
Sydney skyline is very impressive.
There is a lovely blend of old and new buildings, that works well..
If you are an admirer of architecture, as I am, you will be pleased with what Sydney has to offer.
Centrepoint Tower is a telecommunications mast with an observation deck at the 305 metre point. It is one of Sydney's most visited attractions and you can see it from miles away. The Observation Deck and restaurant is the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere. From there you can see right across the city area and, on a clear day, all the way to the Blue Mountains in the West.
You can take a guided tour which gives an insight into the function of the tower, and high powered telescopes which allow you to peak into the nearby office buildings. Down on the ground level there is a shopping complex with plenty of shops.
Tower is open Sun-Fri 9am-10.30pm, Sat 9am-11.30pm.
In the middle of Sydney you will find this tower. Not to hard to find it. You just always have to look up and you know where you are. To get up to the observatory is a littlebit expensive, but use your studentcard (if you have). I didn't had one, and I tried to use my Hungarian. The women ther was very helpfull and she helped me to get in chepaer.
For some great views, walk across the Harbour Bridge. The area at the Northern area of the bridge has a nice park alongside the harbour, where the views are even better, and to the east of the park (this small part of Sydney is called Kirribilli), there's a nice cafe, and a reasonable pub just to the north (again, east of the bridge). If you're feeling tired, get the train back to the city from Milson's Point station. By the way, if you're tempted to head further up to take a closer look at the mini-skyscrapers of North Sydney, it's marginally more interesting in the daytime - it's mostly offices and with a few exceptions is mostly shut down at night.
The ANA hotel offers a truly fantastic view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Take a lift up to the Horizons bar (check first that you can do so without pre-booking ... otherwise be sure to book) and admire the bridge in front, Darling Harbour and Pyrmont to your left and the Opera House/Circualr Quay to your right.
There is also a very nice sushi restaurant which is very pricy, but when we visited midday on Saturday, this was closed - but that was great, because it offered more views, and we could take photos at leisure.
Go on, spoil yourself ...
Central Business District (CBD as it is known here.) It bustles on the weekdays with business folks walking briskly. For visitors, there are two main shopping areas here: Pitt Street Mall and Queen Victoria Building. And heart of CBD is AMP Tower where you can catch a panoramic view of Sydney and its outlining suburbs.
Sydney as a lot of beautyful scycrapers that make it a city with one of the coolest skylines in the world. Glassed scycrapers as this one are very common