It’s no secret that Sydney is one of the most photogenic cities in the world.
Seeing as travel photography is both my hobby and a part of my job, Sydney’s good looks are one of the reasons I love living here so much. This place keeps drawing me back with its scenic viewpoints and picturesque harbour.
I’ve been working as a freelance travel photographer in Sydney for a few months now, and even though I already knew that Sydney was an extremely Instagrammable city, I’ve now discovered even more great places to take photos.
If you’re looking to find the best Sydney Instagram locations, here’s my suggestions for filling your Insta feed!
1. Sydney Opera House
Let’s start with the obvious choice for Sydney photos – the Opera House! This unique building was completed in 1973 and has been an iconic part of Sydney ever since.
The best locations to get some ‘grams around the Opera House are on the front steps, or standing anywhere out front (on the city side) of the building. This spot can get very busy with tourists during the day, so go first thing in the morning if you want to avoid the crowds.
2. Mrs Macquarie’s Point
Mrs Macquarie’s Point has some of the best views in Sydney, as it’s the only place near to Circular Quay where you can get a great view of both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the same shot. To get there, just walk through the Botanic Gardens until you reach the end of the point.
This place is very popular for sunset shots, and you’ll definitely see some other photographers around here getting photos. Just mentally prepare yourself for the busloads of tourists that will probably be sharing the space with you!
3. Botanic Gardens
There are plenty of places to get Instagrams in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Follow the waterfront path around the bay and you’ll walk by a beautiful pond, various flower gardens, as well as a large grassy lawn that has the city skyline behind it.
The photo above, which features a long row of stone arches decorated with greenery, is located just in front of the Botanic Garden Cafe.
4. Hickson Road Reserve
This small park underneath the south end of the Harbour Bridge is one of the best photo spots in Sydney. If you stand or sit along the waterfront, you can frame the photo so that the Harbour Bridge is towering over you.
From here, follow the boardwalk back towards the city and you’ll find a few more great photo spots along the way! My favourite is the boardwalk in front of the Park Hyatt Hotel.
5. Observatory Hill
Just behind The Rocks is a small hill with an observatory at the top. Walk up this hill (don’t worry, it only takes 5-10 minutes to climb up!) and you’ll find a park with killer views across the harbour.
Because this location requires a little more effort to get to, it’s likely that there will only be a handful of other people around. It’s a nice place to sit in silence and stare at the view for a while!
6. Manly ferry
The public ferry from Circular Quay to Manly takes you right in front of the Opera House and provides fabulous views of the city. It’s like doing a harbour cruise for a fraction of the price! Once you get to Manly, there’s plenty of ops for beachy snaps, too.
7. Luna Park
Luna Park has been a feature of Sydney’s north shore since 1935. The amusement park is great for carnival-style photos, with the added bonus of having the Harbour Bridge and city in the background.
The park is open late on weekends so try visiting in the early evening to avoid throngs of pram-wielding families and also get some epic sunset shots!
8. Bondi Beach
Bondi was recently named the most Instagrammed spot in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. This beach is unbelievably photogenic, and even though it’s very popular with tourists, there’s plenty of space for everyone to move around.
Some popular spots for photos are Bondi Icebergs (the famous swimming pools at the south end) and the murals that line the concrete boardwalk which stretches along a large section of the beach. It’s basically impossible to take bad photos around Bondi!
even More photo spots in Sydney
- Circular Quay train station (pictured above) – The platforms have amazing views!
- Darling Harbour – Walk along Pyrmont Bridge and to the Maritime Museum for great views of the city skyline.
- The CBD – Some of my favourite spots are Angel Place (which has hanging bird cages perched above the street), the GPO in Martin Place (post office building with beautiful sandstone arches), and Hyde Park for some trees and park shots.
- Taronga Zoo – The zoo actually has some really nice views of the harbour as it’s positioned on the side of a hill.
- Kirribilli – Walk around the streets near the waterfront for nice views back towards the city.
- Newtown – This trendy suburb has loads of street art and historic architecture that make for some great photos.
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