Are you looking for that perfect shot of the Sydney Opera House or other stunning locations for your Instagram post? Look no further. These top tips will help you.
Sydney Opera House
The sun rises behind the Opera House and one of the best locations to catch this from is Hickson Road Reserve, right in front of the Park Hyatt. You will most likely be sharing this spot with a few photographers (there was a professional shoot on while we were there) but there is plenty of space to get that perfect sunrise photo. You can also get the city skyline, Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the same position. If you’re lucky, you may see a cruise ship arrive.
From here, head straight round to the Opera House stairs. It will be empty this early in the morning and you can grab a photo/selfie before the crowds arrive.
The views from The Harbour Bridge are wonderful too. There is a lookout in the Pylon that you need to pay for but you can still get lovely shots from the pedestrian walkway.
If you want to get both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in one photo, then the best way is to head to the Botanical Gardens and walk to Mrs Macquarie’s Point. This gets very busy at sunset but you should be able to get the photo you want.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
As mentioned above, you can get great shots of the Harbour Bridge from Hickson Road Reserve.
The view from Observatory Hill is lovely too which takes in the bridge but we were pushed for time so didn’t get there.
We always love the view from the Opera Bar, outside the Opera House. It’s a great place to take photos of the bridge and the busy harbour.
Both The Strand Arcade and the Queen Victoria Building make for stunning photos. They are both very busy so expect people to be in your photos (unless you are a wizard at photoshop).
Near these arcades, in between George Street and Pitt Street, is Angel Place. There you can find empty birdcages hanging from above. Michael Thomas Hill designed the art which is called “Forgotten Songs”. You can hear the sounds of birds tweeting as you stand beneath the cages.
There are several places to take photos in this part of the city. We liked the views from Pyrmont Bay looking across the harbour to the city skyline.
There are also some great sights to photograph in The Rocks area. See my post on Things to see in The Rocks for more information.
Buy an Opal Card and get out on the ferries. They make a cheap and fun sightseeing option. The best part is you get to go under the Harbour Bridge and/or in front of the Opera House depending on what ferries you take. There’s also the option of Milsons Point for Luna Park and views of the bridge.
All these options are close to the city centre. There are plenty of other beautiful places further afield like Bondi Beach and The Blue Mountains.
If you are only in Sydney for a short amount of time, consider a tour to maximize your day. Check out Get Your Guide for tour options. We can vouch for the Hop On, Hop Off Tour as we have done this twice now and provides excellent value.
Good luck with your photos. Let me know how you get on.
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