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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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..
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 !
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.
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