11 Best Hotels With Views of Sydney Harbour Bridge

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Looking for a hotel in Sydney with the perfect view of the iconic Harbour Bridge? You’re in luck, as there are plenty to choose from!

I remember the first time I laid eyes on Sydney Harbour and its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Back then, I was only 7 years old, and I’d just emigrated to Australia. I spent the next few years getting to know the city through the wide eyes of a child. Today, I can confidently say that this view remains one of the most spectacular sights in New South Wales.

Whether you’re organizing a business trip to Sydney or seeking the most romantic hotel in Sydney Harbour for your honeymoon or engagement night, I’ve compiled this guide to the best hotels with Harbour Bridge views.

Tip: My favourite is Four Seasons for its perfect location and View Sydney for a more affordable option with great views.

Which Suburbs Offer Sydney Harbour Bridge Views?

If it’s your first time visiting Sydney, finding a hotel can be a daunting task– the city is huge, and its layout can be confusing. There are five suburbs I’d recommend staying in if you’re looking for a hotel with a view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge:

  • The Rocks – a historic waterfront area packed with places to eat, drink and stay. 
  • Circular Quay – the bustling heart of Sydney Harbour, and one of the city’s major transport hubs. 
  • Kirribilli/Milsons Point – a quaint and peaceful area in north Sydney with great views of the harbour.
  • Barangaroo – a lively hotspot for eating, drinking and shopping. 
  • Dawes Point/Walsh Bay – the oldest neighborhood in the city, lined with cobblestone streets and some of the oldest houses in Sydney. 
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Map showing the five areas to stay with Sydney Harbour Bridge views

Kirribilli/Milsons Point Hotels With Harbour Bridge Views 

The Kirribilli

  • Best for: families and large groups 
  • Price: $$

If you’re visiting Sydney as a family or with a group of friends, The Kirribilli is ideal for your stay. The spacious accommodation has four bedrooms and multiple bathrooms, as well as a small patio and parking. 

The suburb of Kirribilli is in north Sydney (on the other side of the Harbour Bridge), and the upper floor of this house has great views over the bridge and the CBD. Despite being on the other side of the water, this accommodation is very well connected as there’s a handful of bus stops nearby as well as Jeffrey Street Wharf where you can catch the ferry to Circular Quay.

View Sydney

  • Best for: avoiding the crowds 
  • Price: $

The drawback to many hotels with a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge is that they’re located in the city’s busiest areas. View Sydney offers rooms with excellent views of the bridge and Luna Park, and is located in a quiet and laid-back suburb close to Kirribilli. 

There’s an open-air terrace on site, as well as a restaurant, cocktail bar, and gym facilities. The hotel is a two-minute walk away from North Sydney Station which makes it super easy to travel around the city, and Luna Park is within walking distance. There are some great places to eat nearby, like Chedi Thai and Betty’s Burgers which are both less than ten minutes walk from the hotel.

Don’t Miss These Activities in Sydney Harbour

If you’re looking for something to do whilst staying in Sydney Harbour I have some suggestions below to fill in the time. Alternatively I would also suggest the Harbour Bridge Climb for those adrenaline junkies!

1. Skyfeast at Sydney Tower

Enjoy an unlimited feast whilst sitting above the skyline of Sydney city whilst rotating at a 360 view restaurant.

2. Thunder Thrill Ride Adrenaline

Get the heart pumping with the Thunder Thrill Ride around the Sydney Harbour. It’s a bang for buck experience and great for those wanting to see the city from the water if you like going fast.

3. Opera House Guided Tour

Step inside the iconic Opera House with a knowledgeable guide and learn about the history of this magnificent building. You might even catch a rehersal in action!

FAQs About Booking Hotels in Sydney Harbour

Where is the best place to take a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

In my opinion, the best place to take a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is from Mrs Macquarie’s Chair in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This location offers a stunning panoramic view of the bridge with the Opera House in the foreground (it’s the most iconic shot in the city). Otherwise, take a photo from one of the hotel balconies in this roundup!

Where is the best place to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge together?

My favourite spot to view both the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge is from Circular Quay. This area provides a direct line of sight to both landmarks, allowing for spectacular viewing and photography, especially at sunrise or sunset. Some of my best photos of the city (including during Vivid) were taken here.

What suburbs have a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

Suburbs with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge include The Rocks, Circular Quay, Kirribilli, Milsons Point, Barangaroo, and Dawes Point/Walsh Bay. These areas offer various hotels and accommodations with direct views of the bridge (take a pick from this guide).

What is special about the Sydney Harbour Bridge?

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous and photographed landmarks. If you Google Sydney, you’ll likely see a photo of the Opera House and the Bridge. It’s known for its striking design and massive scale, and it’s also the world’s tallest steel arch bridge and is vital for both cars and pedestrian traffic. The bridge is also famous for the BridgeClimb experience, an iconic experience to the summit for epic views of the harbour.

Can you see the Harbour Bridge from Darling Harbour?

While Darling Harbour offers its own amazing views and iconic attractions, it does not offer direct views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For the best views, head to areas like The Rocks, Circular Quay, or across the harbour in Kirribilli.

As you can see, there are a lot of amazing hotels to choose from! Hopefully this guide will help you find the best hotel with a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge to stay in during your trip!

Before you head off, here are some other great travel guides to Australia!