Built upon the hills which surround a natural harbour (Port Jackson), Sydney – the most populous city in Australia – is often cited as one of the world’s most visually beautiful destinations for tourists thanks to its many sandy beaches, beautiful national parks and vast acres of native bushland. With so much to see, it is all too easy to miss out on certain spectacular sites whilst taking a vacation there.
Here then, are the four views you should definitely include as part of your itinerary if you ever plan on taking Sydney holidays…
Pulpit Rock Lookout
Despite the fact that Blue Mountains Park is one of Sydney’s most popular national parks, most tourists who view it do not actually enter it and instead witness it from above at the Pulpit Rock Lookout which steers off from the walking track of Govetts Leap. A 240 degree, birds-eye-view of the park, as well as the peaks and dips of Govetts Gorge and Grose Valley await those brave enough to look down from the cliff – you really will feel like you are on top of the world when standing on Pulpit Rock!
The walk along the Govetts Leap track takes over an hour to complete and is therefore unsuitable for anyone with poor health and/or a phobia of heights. Those walking to Pulpit Rock should keep an eye out for the informational signs which describe surrounding plantation and nearby landforms.
Sydney Tower Eye
Those looking to experience the “real Sydney” might be put off ascending the Sydney Tower Eye – the Southern Hemisphere’s second tallest observation tower at 1,014 feet high – due to its popularity with tourists. Those who do bother to ride one of the three high speed double-deck escalators to the top of this Centrepoint tower however, will be greeted with a impressive 360 degree panoramic view of the city including the harbour, Blue Mountains, western suburbs and much more.
Located to the base of the tower is a Westfield Group-owned shopping mall. Any tourists looking to save themselves a bit of money during their visit to the city can purchase themselves a Merlin pass which grants entry to Wild Life Sydney and Sydney Aquarium.
Located below the intersection of Broughton Street and South Drive, Kirribilli Lookout provides a spectacular view of Sydney Harbour and its bridge, in addition to the skyline of the forever-active hub of the city. The contrast of the vast water against the urban backdrop (often mirrored by the H20) really is amazing to behold.
This spot – which is littered with public benches – is a popular spot in the evenings as the sun sets and the city’s lights begin to glow for both Sydneysiders and visitors alike and I would therefore recommend visiting the area early one morning instead to watch the sunrise in (at least; near) solitude.
Jonah’s Whale Beach Restaurant
Although the Jonah’s restaurant and hotel is a 45 minute journey away from the heart of Sydney by car, many tourists and locals alike make the effort to visit the resort for its restaurant – which serves a delicious range of southern European cuisine – is located atop the cliffs of Whale Beach, providing unrivalled views of coastal scenery and overlooking the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. So picturesque is this location that Jonah’s is a top destination for wedding ceremonies.
The views of Sydney’s northern beaches are all the more breathtaking should you decide to reach the resort via a 12 minute long flight over the sea from Rose Bay as part of a ‘Flight and Dine’ package (must be booked in advance).
The author of this guest post – Kat Carbinger – has embarked on several Australia tours over the last five years and is due to take her next one in February 2012.