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The Best Sydney Harbour Views from Studios to the Penthouse

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When I first moved to Sydney I lived a few doors up from Taronga Park Zoo in Mosman and we shared the zoo’s killer views of Sydney harbour. I loved it at the time, but as a country kid who was new to Sydney I didn’t quite get just how special those views really were.

It took years of living, Sydney harbour view-less in Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, and then in London to get super excited about seeing those views again and now when I stay with friends who have gorgeous harbour views I just gaze at them.

I now totally get why having the Harbour Bridge and Opera House in your sights can tip potential homeowners over the edge, and why visitors love to get a room with a view.

On New Year’s Eve, Sydney Harbour views really come into their own, and create a place where you can watch that huge fireworks show without having to deal with crowds.

Read: The best hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks

Now I should point out that some of the holiday homes on Stayz, Booking.com and Airbnb that I’m about to share aren’t available on New Year’s Eve because their owners know the best night to move back into their own home. And others will book out waaaaay in advance for it.

But the beauty of harbour is something special year round, so if you’re planning a trip to Sydney and want to wake up and smile at the Harbour Bridge, here are six of the best homes you can rent with a view.

La Corniche, McMahons Point

Pure luxury inside and out, this waterfront apartment has panoramic views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Luna Park and alfresco balconies to sit back and take it all in.

La Corniche Sydney harbour views from balcony

The three bedroom, three bathroom apartment sleeps up to six and if you’re the one making the booking you’ll want to call dibs on the master retreat that has its own private balcony, walk in robe and sitting area.

All three bedrooms have marble ensuites and spa baths, and I’m definitely dreaming about lying back in this spa with a glass of champagne and looking out at that view.

La Corniche holiday home Sydney Harbour view at night
Sydney harbour views from the holiday home spa at La Corniche

The Sydney Harbour View Apartment, Cremorne Point

While everyone knows the Bondi to Bronte walk, the Cremorne Point Walk is one of my favourite things to do when I’m showing people around Sydney, and when I just want to go somewhere gorgeous by myself for a morning or afternoon.

Those Cremorne Point views are gorgeous for a picnic or a swim and in the right home, like the one that’s coming up right now, you can just gaze out the window at a perfect harbour scene.

The Sydney Harbour View Apartment at Cremorne Point has direct access to the Sydney Harbour foreshore and takes up the entire bottom floor of a block of seven apartments.

The two-bedroom apartment is just two minutes from the McCallum Pool, has a modern kitchen, a marble bathroom, and I’m loving the way the stone window frames the Opera House.

And when you want to go into the city you go the fun way, by hopping on a ferry.

Sydney Harbour View Apartment, Cremorne Point

Postcard views, Kirribilli

What’s that outside the window? Oh just a perfectly framed Sydney Opera House. No biggie.

Step out onto the balcony and the Harbour Bridge is right there too.

The image at the top of this story also comes from this Kirrbilli apartment, which is the sort of place where you could watch the tele or read a book.

But I just know I’d spend most of the time just staring out at that view. Watching the light dance on the water until the sun went down and the city lights came up and it was a whole new view to gaze at. Sigh.

Postcard Views, Kirribilli Airbnb

Luxe Kirribilli Pad

This Kirribilli pad has three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a large kitchen. But it’s that large balcony with a view that’s stealing the show in my book.

Mind you, all of the bedrooms have Habour Bridge and Opera House views, so there’s no need to worry about who gets the short, viewless straw when you stay with friends.

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And speaking of friends, I know what you’re thinking when you’re looking at that balcony, but no, you can’t throw a big party here. It’s only for the people who are staying, or you might get permission for a visitor or two if you ask very nicely. In writing.

Luxe Kirribilli Pad Airbnb with Sydney Harbour Views

Modern Studio Apartment, McMahons Point

Light, bright and airy with unobstructed Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House views, this modern studio apartment in McMahons Point is a top spot for anyone who wants to be relatively close to the city but still feel like they’re able to move at a slower pace.

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Just two minutes from the ferries, the apartment has a fully equipped kitchen and a workspace with a view. And when that working from home is over you can kick back on the balcony with a drink and feel the serenity. 

Modern Studio Apartment, McMahons Point Airbnb

Harbourside Studio, Lavender Bay

This harbourside studio apartment in Lavender Bay is serving up stunning views, and is just a few minutes from public transport, restaurants and cafes, making it a great option for a business or pleasure trip. 

It also has something that many can’t offer with a view this good – parking! Yes, if you have a car you’ll find some places around Kirribilli and Lavender Bay will explain that there’s a two hour limit even if you’re lucky enough to find a car park.

But this apartment has free parking in a secure area. Bonus!

Harbourside studio Lavender Bay

Rose Bay Penthouse

Looking at these Rose Bay Penthouse views is giving me flashbacks to wonderful afternoons with friends who live with the same view, to sipping champagne and looking out at the sparkling blue water thinking how sweet Sydney life can be.

And I do believe it would feel pretty sweet if I was lucky enough to live here.

The penthouse has an open living and outdoor balcony with seating for six, three bedrooms plus a study and four bathrooms.

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There’s an open plan layout so everyone stays connected and the modern kitchen is kitted out with new appliances for those who enjoy cooking up a storm in their penthouse with a view. 

And they don’t only have one parking spot, they have a garage for a car and another two parking spaces. That’s some Sydney luxury right there.

Rose Bay Penthouse with Sydney Harbour Views
Sydney harbour views from the bedroom in this Rosebay Penthouse

Boutique Building, Kirribilli

Perched on the top floor of a boutique building from the 1950s, this lovely spot is a short stroll from the shops and restaurants in Kirribilli Village and only 800m from the heritage listed Luna Park.

The two bedroom apartment has a patio where you can sit and look out at the Harbour Bridge and there’s a 24-hour front desk if you have any questions during your stay.

Boutique building Sydney harbour views

Sweet Studio, McMahons Point

This fully renovated studio apartment may be relatively small inside but outside those views are huge.

Apart from being walking distance from the North Sydney train station and the McMahons Point Wharf where you can catch a ferry into the city, it also has a coveted free car parking spot. That’s right, when you stay here you don’t have to worry about moving your car every two hours during the day or whether you’ll manage to find a car spot.

And when you come home from a day of exploring you can sit out on your balcony, look out at the city lights reflecting on the harbour and raise a glass to making new memories in Sydney. 

Holiday Studio McMahons Point
Sydney Harbour Views from Studio apartment McMahons Point

So there we have it, some beautiful harbour view homes to (temporarily) call your own on a Sydney stay.

So which one is calling your name?

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