Sydney’s scenery game is world-class. Whether it’s the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House or our gorgeous wildlife, we’ve got it all! We’ve picked some of the best spots to check out the cream of Sydney’s crop when it comes to breathtaking panoramic views.
Bondi to Coogee Walk
Bondi and Coogee are two of Sydney’s most famous beaches, but did you know they were linked by an incredible 6km cliff-top coastal walk? Along the way, you’ll be awestruck by the stunning panoramic views, as well as passing through beaches, parks, bays, rock pools, and rugged cliff faces.
Start off with a hearty breakfast in Bondi at the Bondi Massive Café to fuel yourself for the two-hour trek. Three-quarters of the way along, drop by Seasalt Café for a glass of wine out on the waterfront or some light snacks at the kiosk by the beach. Finish off at Coogee’s delightful Tropicana Café for a delicious lunch or a reviving cuppa. Perfection.
Manly to Spit Bridge Walk
Sydney boasts some of the most stunning beaches in the world, but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve done the 10km Manly to Spit Bridge scenic trail. Weaving along the picture-perfect coastline with loads of lookouts, quiet beaches, and the Grotto Point Lighthouse, you’ll see this part of the city in a whole new light. Start at either end by catching a ferry across to Manly and starting near the wharf, or catching a bus to Mosman from the city and heading off from there.
When you’re hungry, you’ve got plenty of great options, each with similarly outstanding views. Try the multi-award-winning contemporary Italian cuisine at Hugo’s Manly on the wharf, the tasty light snacks at Clonny’s on the Beach halfway along the trail, or Mosman’s waterside restaurant Plonk! Beach Café.
Out at the southernmost tip of Manly, a scenic drive or pleasant walk along the coast will get you to North Head where a gentle paved path along the Fairfax Walk will loop you around connecting three lookout points (each with jaw-droppingly awesome views). If you happen to be out around June to July or August to October, keep a lookout for whales as this is a frequent migration ground for them.
If you’re feeling peckish, we suggest you enjoy North Head’s scenery out on the decks at Bella Vista Café, have a burger or some light refreshments at the Little Manly Beach Kiosk, or party in style with a mojito and some festive Cuban cuisine at Havana Beach Café and Lounge.
In the Sutherland Shire, set in the magnificent Royal National Park, is one of the most stunning waterfalls and nature walks you’re likely to find. The 4.4km (one way) walk through native bushlands is a beauty in itself, but the waterfall truly is a sight to behold. If you’re feeling adventures, take a side trip along the way to see the South West Arm Pools and the nearby Anice Falls too. However, the track is a bit more of a tricky one, so be careful along the way.
After all that fresh air and exercise, treat yourself to an all-day brekkie or a light lunch at the Mocha Latte Café in nearby Heathcote, or try a crazy Insta-worthy mega oversized shakes at Café Capo.
Mount Portal Lookout
Heading out to the Blue Mountains for a day trip or weekend away is always a good idea. And we’re particularly in love with the Mount Portal Lookout (close to the entry point of the Blue Labyrinth). The views really are spectacular as it overlooks the tree-lined Glenbrook Gorge and Nepean River, and if you’re particularly adventurous, the area is a hotspot for abseiling and rockclimbing. For a longer walk, be sure to check out the Red Hands Cave where ancient Indigenous Australians have left their mark on the rock walls.
If you manage to get through all that, you definitely deserve a treat! Head into the friendly town of Glenbrook and sit down for a quick cuppa at Café Cee, grab yourself a gourmet pie at the Bakehouse On Park, or enjoy some live music and good local grub at the 2773 Café.