With an amazing city skyline, several unique landmarks, and lots of beautiful natural sights, Sydney has no shortage of scenic lookouts that offer breathtaking views.
What’s more, Sydney has a near-perfect climate, which makes going out to visit these lookout points a fun and adventurous thing to do.
Whether you’re a first-time tourist or a seasoned local, there are always more lookouts to discover in and around Australia’s most beautiful city.
21 Scenic Sydney Lookout Points
We have listed 21 of the best lookouts in Sydney you can visit all year round.
Some of these lookouts offer amazing views of the famous Sydney skyline, while others are great for natural sights.
1. Broughton St Lookout
Located at the southern end of Bradfield Park in Kirribilli, the Broughton Street Lookout is perhaps the best lookout point in Sydney to see the city skyline, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
The views from this lookout are absolutely stunning, especially on a sunny day with a cruise ship sailing past.
Getting to Broughton St lookout from the city is easy. You can simply walk across the bridge from Circular Quay, catch a ferry to Milsons Point, or otherwise jump on a train at Wynyard station.
The lookout is one of the several highlights along the Lavender Bay and Milsons Point circuit walk, which also includes Wendy’s Secret Garden (see further below).
2. Arabanoo Lookout at Dobroyd Head
Named in honour of the first Aboriginal man to live among European settlers, the Arabanoo Lookout offers stunning views of North and South Head and the Tasman Sea.
The lookout at Dobroyd Head in Balgowlah Heights is easily accessible by both car and public transport, and also as a short detour along the famous Spit to Manly walking track.
3. Pylon Lookout
Visiting the Pylon Lookout at the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a wonderful way to enjoy panoramic city and Harbour views, at a fraction of the cost of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
But it’s not just the views that attracts visitors into the Pylon, it also holds a small museum with lots of interesting details about the history behind the bridge and how and why it was built.
Entrance to the Pylon Lookout is on the pedestrian walkway on the eastern side of the bridge. Simply follow the walkway from the Bridge Stairs in The Rocks, and you will see the entrance at the first pylon.
The Pylon consists of three levels of informational exhibits and a 360 degree lookout platform at the very top. The museum part of the Pylon Lookout is very well presented, with lots of information and photos to absorb about the Harbour Bridge.
4. Mrs Macquaries Point
A popular Sydney NYE vantage point, Mrs Macquaries Point is a peninsula in the Domain and an extension to the Royal Botanic Garden, facing Sydney Harbour.
This is also the location of Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, an exposed sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench by convicts in the early 19th century for the Governor’s wife, Elizabeth Macquarie.
It’s a must-see tourist spot, with not only great views, but also a bit of historical value.
5. Cahill Expressway Lookout
The Cahill Walk is a little-known pedestrian path along the Cahill Expressway, right above Circular Quay train station, with beautiful views of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
There are currently three entry points to the Cahill Walk, from the Royal Botanic Garden, via a lift at Circular Quay, and via the famous Bridge Stairs in The Rocks which is also the starting point of the Sydney Harbour Bridge walk.
The Cahill Expressway Lookout is a purpose-built viewing platform as part of the Cahill Walk. The views of Circular Quay and Sydney’s famous landmarks the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are truly spectacular from this lookout.
6. The Gap in Watsons Bay
Located on the opposite side of the Watsons Bay ferry wharf, The Gap is one of Sydney’s most famous ocean cliff lookouts with panoramic views that are unparalleled.
Sadly though, The Gap is not just famous for its breathtaking views, but also for the suicides that have occurred there over the years. Security cameras and emergency phones have been installed in the area to offer support.
7. Bradleys Head
Named after William Bradley, a Royal Navy officer who participated in the First Fleet to Australia, Bradleys Head is quite a fascinating place to visit.
The first thing you’ll notice is the huge mast that stands tall and proud at the edge of the cliff, overlooking Sydney Harbour. The mast was the foremast of HMAS Sydney, a light cruiser that was broken up on Cockatoo Island in 1929.
Also home to a man-made amphitheatre, Bradleys Head is a great lookout point with panoramic views of the city skyline, the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Best way to visit Bradleys Head? Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, and follow the short walking track to Bradleys Head past Athol Bay.
8. Observatory Hill Park
Popular with local residents, office workers and tourists, Observatory Hill Park in Millers Point offers sweeping views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge.
It is also home to Observatory Hill, a heritage-listed meteorological station, astronomical observatory and science museum that is well worth a visit.
9. Fairfax Lookout at North Head
The Fairfax Lookout is a spectacular lookout point situated at the southernmost tip of Manly’s North Head.
The lookout is accessible via an easy 1km paved walking track, which also includes two other lookout points. The track is essentially an extension to the popular North Head circuit walk, which is part of the Manly Scenic Walkway.
When visiting the Fairfax Lookout, it’s a good idea to also explore the North Head Sanctuary, which has quite a long history. The area also holds special significance to indigenous people of the Sydney area, and you can still find Aboriginal remnants on the headland.
From the beginning of the 19th century, North Head was used as a quarantine station to quarantine passengers arriving in the colony on ships. In the mid-1930s, North Head was transformed into a military site, and became one of the most heavily fortified sites during the Second World War in Australian history.
10. West Head Lookout
The West Head Lookout in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park offers breathtaking views across Pittwater, Broken Bay, Barrenjoey Headland, Palm Beach and the Central Coast.
Regarded as one of the best lookouts in the Sydney region, the panoramic views from the West Head lookout will leave a long-lasting impression.
The lookout is also the starting point of several bushwalking trails that take in beautiful secluded beaches, such as Resolute Beach, and even more lookouts.
11. Dolphins Point in Coogee
Dolphins Point is located on the northern headland of Coogee Beach and provides beautiful ocean views. The park was named in honour of the members of Coogee Dolphins rugby league team who died in the 2002 Bali bombings.
The Bali Memorial can also be found here, a large bronze sculpture with three linked figures that signify family, friends and community. The figures also symbolise life, growth, hope and strength in unity.
12. Dudley Page Reserve
Another popular Sydney NYE vantage point is Dudley Page Reserve, along Military Road in Dover Heights.
The park offers beautiful panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
The views are so good that tourist buses often specifically stop here to allow tourists to take a few memorable photos.
13. Wendy’s Secret Garden
One of Sydney’s worst kept secrets is Wendy’s Secret Garden, a green oasis of native plants, fig trees, beautiful flowers and a thriving community of birds.
The garden is a beautiful place for office workers and local residents to wind down, eat their lunch, read a book or to simply enjoy the views.
Wendy’s Secret Garden is now part of the Lavender Bay Parklands, a collection of green spaces and parks in and around Lavender Bay, such as Clark Park, Watt Park, Quibaree Park and also the Lavender Bay Foreshore.
14. Robertson Park in Watsons Bay
Robertson Park is situated in the center of Watsons Bay, one of Sydney’s top tourist destinations. It’s a family-friendly place with public toilets, tables and playgrounds.
The park offers excellent views of Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, and with a couple of secluded beaches and several cafes nearby, it’s not difficult to spend a whole day in this scenic area.
The best way to experience the beauty of Watsons Bay is by following a 4.5 km circuit walk around South Head, from Robertson Park to the Hornby Lighthouse, and back via The Gap.
15. Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World-Heritage and National Heritage Listed island, situated right in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
This rather unique island has a rich history as a shipbuilding yard and Commonwealth naval base and also as a convict island.
You can experience all this first-hand by wandering around on the island and absorbing its well-preserved history. From the clifftop walk, you can enjoy amazing views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
16. Georges Head Lookout
The Georges Head Lookout Lawn leads to a popular lookout point at Georges Heights that offers amazing views of Sydney Harbour, with North Head and South Head right in front and the city skyline in the west.
Not only does Georges Heights offer great views, it is also home to historic Sydney military relics such as tunnels, battlements and cannons. With more than 150 years of military history, Georges Head is well worth a visit.
17. Barrenjoey Lighthouse
The Barrenjoey Lighthouse walk is a popular hiking trail in Barrenjoey Headland, the northernmost part of Palm Beach in Sydney’s northern beaches.
There are two walking tracks that go all the way up to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse on top of the hill from where you can enjoy stunning ocean views.
Looking across Pittwater to the west, you can spot the West Head Lookout, another famous Sydney lookout with panoramic views.
18. Balls Head Reserve
Located in the Sydney lower north shore, Balls Head Reserve is a true bushland oasis, overlooking the beautiful Sydney Harbour.
The reserve is home to a number of different bush walking tracks that combine natural beauty with great views of the harbour, the city skyline, the Harbour Bridge, Goat Island, and surrounding peninsulas.
Next door neighbour Waverton Peninsula Reserve is a must-visit too, as its rich history, serene walking trails and panoramic views will not disappoint.
19. Barangaroo Reserve
While it may not have a dedicated lookout point, Barangaroo Reserve does offer scenic views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge, due to its location on the western side of the Sydney CBD.
Barangaroo Reserve is a modern Sydney Harbour foreshore park, part of a huge transformation project that is changing an old and ugly industrial site into a thriving business, entertainment and leisure precinct.
20. Sydney Tower Eye
If you want to see Sydney and its surrounding suburbs from high above, a visit to the Sydney Tower Eye will not disappoint.
This is where you get to enjoy the best views from the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere, in addition to an exciting 4D cinema experience.
Visitors to Sydney Tower can choose from a range of unique experiences, such as dining or drinking at the rotating restaurant, and walking on the observation deck at 820 feet above street level.
21. Manns Point Lookout in Greenwich
Did we save the best Sydney lookout for last? Perhaps the lookout at Manns Point in Greenwich is indeed the best one in this list, but it’s also one of the quietest.
You definitely won’t find any tourist buses lining up at Manns Point, and the lack of visitors makes this hidden spot in Sydney’s lower north shore all the more enjoyable.
Named in honour of Captain Gother Kerr Mann, the principle architect and superintendent of the Cockatoo Island colony, the views from the lookout of both the Sydney city skyline and the Harbour are superb.