28 of Sydney’s Best Photography Locations

Sydney Photography

Sydney is one of the most photographed places in the World.  International Visitors and locals alike are in photography heaven around Sydney Harbour

There are many many great places in and around Sydney to grab that perfect Selfie or Travel Blog photo, but there are many places not covered in tourist guides that have the best photo vantage points with sweeping, million dollar panoramic views of Sydney and its awesome beaches

1. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair also known as Lady Macquarie’s Chair

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Mrs Macquarie’s Road, Sydney New South Wales 2000

Best place to take selfies with views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House & panoramic views of the harbor

2. Macquarie Lighthouse

 By Bkamprath (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Old South Head Road, VAUCLUSE New South Wales 2030

Macquarie Lighthouse is Australia’s oldest lighthouse, boasting a 360 degree panoramic view of Sydney harbour , the city, opera house, harbour bridge can all be seen from here and the sandstone coastline on the other side (sorry I don’t have a picture of the view, but believe me, it’s worth it, it’s mind-blowing)

The grounds are open year round but the light house is only open every couple of months, a few days of the year by tour guide.  It will be the best $5 you ever spent when you reach the top of the stairs, and take your panoramic photos of Sydney

3. Bronte Beach

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Bronte Road, Bronte New South Wales 2024

Bronte Beach is located between Bondi and Coogee beaches offering beautiful Bronte Beach, rockpools, parks and spectacular coastal views

4. Bondi Beach

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Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi (Campbell Rd area), NSW

Every tourist pamphlet includes Bondi Beach, and while it is beautiful, there are many many other beaches they don’t tell you about

5. Cronulla Beach


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The Kingsway, Cronulla NSW 2230

This is my favorite place to be; beautiful clean beaches, rockpools and an enclosed ocean pool, public toilets & showers

You can drive to Cronulla from the city along Southern Cross Drive or catch the train from the city on the Illawarra train line to Cronulla, its a few minutes walk straight across the road from the train station

6. The Esplanade Cronulla


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The Esplanade, Cronulla NSW 2230

Beautiful beach shots, the lighting around dusk is amazing

7. Gunamatta Bay


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Nicholson Parade, Cronulla NSW 2230

Next door to Cronulla Train Station, you could do Gunamatta Bay & Cronulla Beaches in one day

Catch the train to Cronulla (Illawarra line), get out of the train station and walk right, Tonkin Street, follow the path & road the whole way around to the right to Nicholson Parade, it will take you straight to Gunamatta Bay Park

8. Manly Beach

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Catch the Ferry to Manly – Tickets at Circular Quay Ferry Terminal

9. Redleaf Beach now known as Murray Rose Pool


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New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW

10. Watson’s Bay

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Gap Road, Watsons Bay New South Wales 2030

Beautiful views of both the harbour and the sea

11. Hickson Road Reserve


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Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

Hickson Road Reserve is Next door to the Park Hyatt, Sydney.  It’s a fantastic spot for photo opportunities because it surrounds the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour

You can walk there from CBD & The Rocks

12. McMahons Point

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Milson Road, CREMORNE POINT New South Wales 2090

13. Sydney Opera House


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Bennelong Point, Sydney New South Wales 2000

The Opera House is located at Benelong Point, this was taken on the steps of the opera house looking back at the city, on the other side, is the Harbour Bridge

14. Milsons Point Ferry Wharf

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Catch a Ferry to Milsons Point from Circular Quay

See Luna Park at the same time

15. Darling Harbour – Cockle Bay

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Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000

You can travel by train, bus or light rail, or walk from Sydney’s CBD to get to Darling Harbour

16. Bradley’s Head

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Sydney Harbour National Park, Sydney New South Wales 2000

17. Royal Botanic Garden

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Mrs Macquaries Road,  Sydney NSW 2000

Catch a train or walk from CBD

18. Jeffrey Street

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Beautiful skyline photography from Jeffery Street,  Kirribilli

19. Ball’s Head Reserve

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Balls Head Drive, WAVERTON New South Wales 2060

Wonderful views of the harbour and city

20. Sydney Harbour Cruise


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Take a guided tour of Sydney – Captain Cook Cruises – Get Tickets at Circular Quay

21. Mossman Bay Walk

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Stunning bays and beaches

22. Georges Heights (Headland Park)

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Middle Head Peninsula – Middle Head Road, Mosman, NSW

One of the most stunning vantage points of Sydney Harbour with uninterrupted views to Manly, Vaucluse and the city of Sydney

23. Observatory Hill Park

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1003 Upper Fort Street, Millers Point New South Wales 2000

Observatory Hill offers sweeping, panoramic million dollar views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge

 24. Shark Island Port Jackson

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Spectacular 360° views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Parking is not available at Shark Island – access is via watercraft only

Not Wheelchair Accessible

Ferry service:

Captain Cook Cruises operate a public ferry service to the island daily and a timetable is available to help you plan your trip

25. Duff Reserve – Point Piper

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130 – 132 Wolseley Road, POINT PIPER New South Wales 2027

Duff Reserve has Million Dollar Views of the Harbour Bridge and the spectacular Sydney Tower Eye and the nearby skyline

It is a little hard to access this place, as it is not near the main street. It is on Wolseley Road at Point Piper. You can take bus 324 or 325 which will stop near Rose Bay on New South Head Road. Walk up along Wolseley Road for around 11 minutes and you can find the entrance on your left hand side

It cannot be accessed after sunset and before sunrise and can only be accessed by staircases

26. Rushcutters Bay Park

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New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay New South Wales 2027

New Beach Road, Darling Point (near New South Head Road)

27. North Head Sanctuary

By Alastair Sim [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
North Head Scenic Drive, Manly NSW 2095

 28. View From Sydney Harbour Bridge


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