Sydney, Australia is one dang picturesque city. With the architectural gem of the Opera House and the iconic image of the Harbour Bridge, it’s not hard to fill up your Instagram with stunning shots of Sydney. If you’re looking for some places to capture perfect city photographs or some amazing city sunsets, here is where to find awesome views of Sydney.
Mrs. Macquarie’s Point
Within the Royal Botanical Gardens in the city, there is a small peninsula that stretches out, opposite from the Opera House. At the end of this peninsula is an area called Mrs. Macquarie’s point, which gives an incredible view of the Sydney Harbour, including the Opera House and the Bridge. This is a great spot to visit if you have a short time in the city and can’t get out to see the other great views of Sydney.
Dudley Page Reserve
We stumbled upon this small park completely by accident, but were rewarded with some incredible views of the city. Dudley Page Reserve is actually located in a suburban area, just north of Bondi Beach. From the road, it doesn’t seem like much of anything. The park itself is pretty barren, but if you walk toward the edge you will be rewarded with some seriously awesome views of Sydney. From this distance, you can see over the surrounding suburban homes, to a wide-scope city scene. On a good day, you can even see the Blue Mountains in the distance.
This area is really easy to get to via ferry, and has some great views of Sydney. Looking out over the Harbour, you can see the tall buildings of the Central Business District. Many buildings are still easily identifiable from this view, such as the Sydney Eye Tower and Chifley Tower (the official tallest building in Sydney, even though it’s actually not).
A 10 minute walk up the peninsula from Watson’s Bay will take you to Camp Cove Beach. This lovely little beach is a great spot that many tourists don’t know about. Therefore, you’ll have a lot less competition with snapping a great photo. Plus there’s this super cool cannon that you can climb on, if you’re basically a child like me 🙂
Located at the very opening of Sydney Harbour, South Head has lovely views of Sydney and the Harbour. The South Head Heritage Trail is also a fun trail to walk with lots of scenery over the deep blue waters. The trail begins at Camp Cove Beach, so it doesn’t take long to reach South Head.
Located on the opposite side of the Harbour from our other views of Sydney, Bradley’s Head will give you a slightly different perspective. Just south of the Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head is a great spot for a scenic picnic. There is lots of great greenery, and a long dock perfect for an afternoon of fishing. From this site, you will be able to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, as well as bits of Sydney on both sides of the Harbour.
Know of any other places for awesome views of Sydney? Share them in the comments below!
Looking for more to do in Sydney? Check out How to do Sydney in One Day and these 15 Free Things to do in Sydney. Or, try taking a day trip out to the Blue Mountains!