Sydney Skyline


Sydney’s skyline is the first glimpse travelers get of the marvel that is Sydney City. The proximity of Sydney’s airport to the business district enables one to get a rare view of Sydney’s diverse skyline from the Centre Tower to the Sydney Opera House on the shores of Sydney Harbour.


The “hodge podge” of architectural styles found in Sydney City lends its skyline that unique, diverse look. The Art Deco style of the Apartments in contrast with the grandiose Romanesque style of the Queen Victoria Building is a very interesting blend of different periods set in one skyline.


Sydney skyline in History:

  • 1816-1818 – The designs of then convict, Francis Greenway, dominated Sydney’s skyline with such buildings as the Macquarie Lighthouse, the Hyde Park Barracks, St. James Church, and the Government House.

Sydney skyline view from the bay


  • 1827-1904 – Designs by James Barnet added to Sydney’s skyline. These buildings were the General Post Office, the Chief Secretary’s building, Customs House, the Department of Lands and several court houses.
  • 1817-1883 – Edmund Blacket’s buildings such as St. Andrew’s Cathedral, St. Philip’s Church, St. John’s College, St. Paul’s College, and Bishopcourt are some of the famous landmarks on Sydney’s skyline.

Buildings that make up Sydney’s skyline:

  • Admiralty House, Kirribilli
  • Annandale Post Office, Johnston Street, Annandale
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road
  • Australian Museum, College Street
  • Burns and Philp Building, Bridge Street
  • Central Railway Station
  • Christchurch, Walker Street, North Sydney
  • Corporation Building, Hay Street
  • Customs House, Alfred Street
  • Department of Lands, Bridge Street
  • Education Department, Bridge Street
  • Former Bank Building, Corner George and Bathurst Street
  • Former Gresham Hotel, Corner York and Druitt Streets
  • St Peter's Church, Blues Point Road, North Sydney

  • State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street


  • General Post Office, Martin Place

  • Government House, Bennelong Point

  • Hyde Park Barracks, Macquarie Street

  • Kirribilli House, Kirribilli

  • Loreto Convent, Carabella Road, Kirribilli

  • Mint Building, Macquarie Street

  • North Sydney Post Office, Pacific Highway, North Sydney

  • Parliament House, Macquarie Street

  • Queen Victoria Building, George Street

  • St Andrew's Cathedral, George Street

  • St Francis Xavier Church, Mackenzie Street, North Sydney

  • St James's Church, Macquarie Street

  • Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

  • Sydney Town Hall, George Street

  • The Abbey, Johnston Street, Annandale


Sydney’s skyline is made up of over a hundred skyscrapers and several high rise buildings making the view from a distance breathtaking.