Plane Views: Sydney Harbour

Sydney is one of the great harbourside cities in the world, ranking alongside my other favourites: San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Seeing Sydney from the air on a clear day is a breathtaking treat. The harbour, with its dozens of inlets, is absolutely magnificent. The views over the city skyline, the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are equally impressive. Many readers have asked me where to sit when flying into Sydney. My advice is to sit on the left side of the plane (i.e. row ‘A’) if you’re flying into or out of Sydney. Planes flying into Sydney often approach from the north – you’ll get an amazing panorama of the harbour and the city before touch-down. Conversely, if you’re lucky enough to be in a plane that’s taking off in a northerly direction, you’ll get views similar to this photo! I got lucky once and the plane window view of Sydney was breathtaking!


Aerial view of Sydney Harbour

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14 Responses to “Plane Views: Sydney Harbour”

  1. Keith Jenkins 22/02/2017 5:48 pm

    You’re welcome! Yes, go for Row A and keep your fingers crossed! Good luck and have a great trip! 🙂

  2. Marley 22/02/2017 5:45 pm

    Ok, so then I’ll get seats for the left side, when arriving and leaving and hope for the best! Very excited for the trip anyways, and thank you for helping/responding so fast!

  3. Keith Jenkins 22/02/2017 5:29 pm

    Hi Marley,
    It’s hard to say but I would take my chances by choosing the left side (row A), especially if the landing approach is from the north. The same goes for take-off – I would choose row A again and keep my fingers tightly crossed! 🙂 I hope you get to see the view and I hope the weather is clear when you land/take-off. The views are absolutely spectacular!


  4. Marley 22/02/2017 5:19 pm

    Hello, my family is planning on going to Australia, and we are most likely going to come from San Francisco or somewhere in California to Sydney. Even though we are coming from the East, we are still planning on going on the left side, so if the plane comes from the North we can have a great view. If you had any idea, which side do you think we have better chances of when landing (and taking off)?

  5. Keith Jenkins 23/03/2013 10:29 am

    Hi Ben,
    Have a great (hopefully scenic) flight back home! 🙂 Yes, I took that photo on a domestic flight from Sydney to Brisbane.


  6. Ben Jackson 22/03/2013 11:50 pm

    I agree Keith, a magical city to fly into (come home to) 🙂 I’ll be back there next week after a few months away. Looking forward to seeing some Sydney magic. Is that a domestic flight departure getting that view?


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