Sydney takes on a different environment at night. The lights of the city’s building and roads reflect magnificently off the Harbour’s water to generate some beautiful and unique views of the city.
There are several night tours available that will take you to enjoy these areas along the Harbour and within the CBD. There are also “Secret Foodies Tours” that highlight the “wilder” side of Sydney with a focus on nightlife, dining and drinking.
Most of Sydney’s night attractions are within easy walking distance from one another.
Start Your Night Tour At Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower is an excellent place to start the night with breathtaking views of the city lights and harbour reflections from all perspectives.
The tower’s one thousand-foot golden turret topped is Sydney’s highest building and the perspective from inside the observation deck covers the whole city. During the day, you are able to see as far as the Blue Mountains, more than 80 km away.
There are two restaurants in the Sydney Tower’s turret. The 360 Bar is an excellent spot for an after-hours cocktail. A perfect way to enjoy the sunset. There is also the Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet.
For the greatest night-time experience, spend a night stargazing at Australia’s oldest observatory.
You’ll see the earth in a totally different way. At the observatory you’ll learn all about the universe, view the stars and planets through state-of-the-art telescopes, and have a chance to experience the 3D space cinema.
The observatory also has some amazing hilltop views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park.
Sydney’s Observatory provides a perfect night out for individuals of all ages so be sure to bring the kids.
The Sydney Observatory is open nightly Monday to Saturday except Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day holidays. Bookings are necessary for night sessions.
Mesmerising by day or night, the Sydney Aquarium large fish tank is a must see for travellers of all ages.
During the day, you are able to watch the creatures being fed, be amused by the playful seals and penguins, and come face to face with sharks and crocodiles.
Walk through the marine channels to see the world’s biggest selection of Australian marine life swimming above and around you.
For nighttime viewing be sure to get to the aquarium before 7pm for last entry. One of the best things about visiting at this time is, even though the crowd has reduced, the aquariums are full of life. It’s the best time to see the more discreet night time creatures, like the platypus, when they are most active.
You can book your ticket online for the Sydney Aquarium here.
If you are craving fun and excitement, look no further than Luna Park at night!
With an amazing assortment of rides and activities, Luna Park has something for both the young and the young at heart. Children will love the classic slide carousel and mini roller coaster, while adventure fans will appreciate the thrill and speed of rides like the Ranger and Flying Saucer.
On different nights the enjoyment carries on until late, when Luna Park takes on a whole new environment. Take the Ferris Wheel for sensational views of the city’s nightscape reflecting off the night harbour waters.
The Rocks Ghost Tours
Take a walk, if you dare, into Sydney’s ghostly past. Discover the city’s dark history on a lantern-lit phantom trip of The Rocks, one of Australia’s earliest and definitely most haunted locations.
Hear eerie spine-chilling true stories of murders, hangings, suicides and hauntings as you explore alleyways and explore haunted excavation sites. The ghost tours are led by convict descendants and long-time Sydney locals, whose stories have been passed down through the generations.
The Rocks Ghost Tours are available almost every night and last for approximately 2 hours. If you’re especially brave, you might want to book the Halloween Tour for next month.
Don’t waste another evening, visit Sydney’s attractions at night.