There are few cities on earth as perfect for Instagram as Sydney and probably less still that are surrounded by so many gorgeous national parks. We love nothing more than to find the perfect Instagram spots in front of one of Sydney's many world famous views.
The most Instagrammable places in Sydney
After 4 years of living in Sydney, we've compiled our favourite spots to get the perfect photo. Here's our guide to the most Instagrammable spots in Sydney & The Blue Mountains.
Instagrammable views in Sydney
Ball's Head, Waverton
We're a little biased about Balls Head as this is a short stroll from where we live.
It's more of a locals spot, so it offers a great view over the city that you will probably have all to yourself.
Great at any time of day, or at night to catch those city lights.
The easiest way to get here is by catching a train on the North Shore Line to Waverton, then walking for 10 minutes through the pretty reserve.
Lincoln Rock, Blue Mountains
Hands down our favourite edge of the world spot in the mountains.
Still those jelly legs and get ready to pose. It’s also an epic sunset spot.
To get there, head to Wentworth Falls. Lincoln Rock is then down a dirt track called Little Switzerland Road.
Jeffrey St Wharf, Kirribilli
If you only have time for one sunset in Sydney, we'd strongly recommend it be here.
We’ve lived here for four years now and this view still takes your breath away every time.
Bonus if you come after the rains and get that famous reflection in the puddle.
It's very easy to get to either by walking over the Harbour Bridge, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay or the North Shore Line train.
It’s a place we always take visitors and is particularly beautiful at sunset.
Just a 10 minute ferry ride from Circular Quay takes you to the beautiful suburb of Cremorne.
Million dollar views are just a few steps away from the wharf.
It's a great place to bring a picnic and watch the sunset.
Dudley Page Reserve, Dover Heights
Picnic spots don't get much better than Dudley Page Reserve in Dover Heights.
This elevated part of the Eastern Suburbs offers a fantastic panoramic view of Sydney. So get pack up the cooler and head here for sunset!
Dover Heights is very close to Vaucluse, Watson's Bay and Bondi Beach.
The best way is to drive (there's free street parking) or to get a bus from the neighbouring suburbs.
North Head, Manly
This is a great view looking back over the city from the Northern Beaches and another great sunset spot.
Wander along the short Fairfax track to try out some different angles.
Take the Manly ferry from Circular Quay and then walk or catch a short bus ride to the head.
The most photogenic beaches and pools in Sydney
Take a stroll up the short lighthouse track to reach this incredible view of both bays at Palm Beach.
It’s also a great spot to whale watch in season.
It's also worth stopping by at The Boathouse for some breakfast while you're here.
Palm Beach is about an hour from Sydney CBD and can be reached on the bus but if you take a car you can visit some other gorgeous beaches along the way. Try Newport and Whale beach.
The famous Bondi Beach is perfect for Instagram, especially from above.
Whether you can get in a helicopter (stand by rates from $99), or by drone, this beautiful beach is one of the most photogenic in Sydney.
You can easily see why it is so popular.
Curl Curl Beach
The Northern Beaches are stunning, and one of our favourites for photography is Curl Curl.
Make sure you go at sunrise for optimum results.
At the northern end of the beach is a rocky outcrop which frames photos nicely and when you get a sky like this there's no better place to be!
North Curl Curl Rockpool
Curl Curl is a favourite with drone photographers, as the ocean pool here has a huge boulder in the middle.
It's set at the bottom of a large cliff and is only accessible by a small footpath from the top of the cliff.
Add in a wild coast line and you get a pretty cool photography spot.
Mona Vale Rockpool
Mona Vale is a pretty special rockpool as it was built on a rocky patch that stretches out far from the beach.
At high tide, all the rocks are underwater and you see a pool that looks far out at sea!
From above, it's a beautiful pool and definitely worthy of Instagram.
The Most Instsagrammable Landmarks in Sydney
The Opera House from Mrs MacQuarie's Chair, Botanic Gardens
A short stroll from Circular Quay, the view from Mrs MacQuarie's Chair in the heart of the Botanic Gardens is guaranteed to bring in the likes.
The harbour bridge and the Opera House are perfectly framed between the trees.
It’s another great sunset spot but you will have to share it with the crowds!
The Harbour Bridge from the North Shore
The Harbour Bridge is stunning from all areas, but our favourite is the North Shore.
You can choose either Luna Park (sunrise) or Kiribilli (sunset) and both will give a great view with the sun either rising or setting behind this icon.
The Opera House from the Overseas Passenger Terminal during Vivid
Vivid is one of the best times to visit Sydney and the projections on the famous Opera House have become Instagram favourites.
We've been to three Vivid Festivals and loved every single one of them.
The best view is from the path in front of the Overseas Passenger Terminal. From here you'll get a view of the Opera House straight on.
Iceberg's, Bondi Beach
There are so many great spots in Bondi, but the view from Iceberg's is our favourite. It's probably the most famous swimming pool in Australia.
If you can make it when the surf is high it's even more impressive and is particularly photogenic at sunrise.
The best way to get here is a 20 minute bus ride from the CBD.
It's just one of our many favourite beaches in NSW and it's well worth getting out of Sydney and exploring them all if you can.
Icebergs is also the start of the Bondi to Coogee walk, one of the best walking trails in Sydney.
Instagram Worthy Places in Sydney
This spot is definitely becoming insta famous.
Watching the waves crash against the rocks is an experience in itself and if you can convince someone to sit on the edge while you stand at the top to get the shot it offers great perspective.
Diamond Bay's a short bus ride North of Bondi Beach and is well worth heading early in the day to have the place to yourself.
Balmoral beach is stunning from the ground, but looks even better from above.
The Balmoral Baths (a shark protected swimming area) looks amazing from the air, and provides a great frame for the beach and deep blue water.
Pulpit Rock, Blue Mountains
This viewpoint definitely has the wow factor.
Probably best to wear a bright colour to really have the photo pop (lesson learned after we took this shot).
Pulpit Rock offers panoramic views of the mountains and if you go early it's likely that there'll be no one else there.
We love walking to Pulpit Rock from Govetts Leap (6km return) but you can also head straight to the car park where it's only about a five minute walk to get there. This is a good sunrise spot.
The installations during Vivid
Vivid isn't just light projections on the major buildings.
Every year there's a new set of installations dotted around the harbour that make for an instagrammer's dream.
Our favourites were the neon swings and the huge light tunnel from 2017.
You can see how popular they were! Every year there's new installations put up for photographers and instagrammers to get that perfect shot!
Instagram Worthy Places in the Blue Mountains
This is a top spot for escaping the crowds but without losing any of the epic views.
This shot is taken on the walking track (7 km return) just before you head up the hill to the top of Lockley's Pylon.
It's a pretty bad road to get there though, you don't technically need an SUV but your small car will probably hate you!
It actually took us over three years of visiting the mountains every month to reach this spot - don't ask why!
It was absolutely incredible and another one where you can really avoid the crowds.
The shot is taken at the first look out you come to on the castle head walking track (4.2 km return).
The Grand Canyon Loop Track
One of our favourite walking tracks in the mountains, especially when you combine with other tracks to make a full day walk.
These steps can be seen early on in the track, there are a few staircases in the same area but these stand out as they have a real fairy glen type feel.
The trail starts at Evans Lookout which is a short distance from Blackheath.
A little further afield....
Kanangra Walls, Kanangra-Boyd National Park
This one is technically in Kanangra-Boyd national park, not the Blue Mountains but it's not too far and if you have the time you won't regret it.
The lookout point 10 minutes walk from the car park is pretty fabulous but if you follow the Plateau walking trail you will quickly come to this spot, which is arguably the most instagrammable of the lot!
Warning - the road to Kanangra Walls is a 30km dirt track. It's not too bad, but best to have some clearance as there's quite a few pot holes.
If you're planning on visiting Sydney then check out our following blogs:
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