12 Best Photography Spots for Classical Sydney Skyline. Photography Guide.

Harbour Bridge at Sunset from Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia

I’m often asked by people who are travelling to Sydney what to photograph there, what are Sydney’s best sunrise and sunset locations. So I’ve decided to write down some notes about shooting Sydney and about best photography spots. For Sydney skyline to be precisely. It’s not a comprehensive Sydney city photography guide but it will give you a good idea of shooting locations around Sydney CBD (i.e. downtown), when to shoot there and how to get there. It could be very useful if you have limited time but still want to get some nice photos. By browsing through the images in this guide you can decide where to go to get the view you want.

Photographers, whether they are hobbyists or professionals, oftentimes explore a place much differently than a typical traveller. With camera in hand and in search of the best photo opportunities, they are looking for better lighting and better compositions. They want the angle, the mood, the light and some magic. You can find all that in Sydney as well but if you’re a first time photographer to Sydney, this photographer’s guide to Sydney skyline could be useful to you so you can head straight to the photo booty, so to speak.

These 12 spots cover almost all classical Sydney city views. However there are endless possibilities and angles to shoot Sydney and famous Sydney icons along the shorelines. All these places and lookouts are easily accessible by foot, by public transport or by taxi/car.

Update from 25 May 2014: The photo guide has been updated with more info and new images. Read the full article: 12 Best Photography Spots for Classical Sydney Skyline, Photography Guide.

Ilya Genkin is a Sydney, Australia photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, Australian outback and deserts, rainforests, lakes and rivers, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.
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  • Flemming Bo Jensen - September 2, 2009 - 5:37 am

    What an incredibly good and useful shooting guide for Sydney! I have shot several times in Sydney but I can see there are plenty of spots left for my next visit. Thanks for writing this!

  • Ilya Genkin - September 2, 2009 - 9:45 am

    Thanks a lot, Flemming! I’m glad you’ve found it useful.

  • Star - September 2, 2009 - 3:34 pm

    Thanks for the posting, much appreciated!

  • KD - September 3, 2009 - 1:21 am

    Excellent post Ilya, really useful information and of course fine photos as well.

  • Laurent P - September 6, 2009 - 12:10 am

    Vraiment une magnifique série !

    Really very nice shots !


  • Matt Lauder - October 5, 2009 - 8:52 am

    Great, great blog post Ilya. Love that Balls Head one. Never been there but it was on my list. One other spot that people might be interested in is Lavender Bay just around from Luna Park will give you a nice look over the bridge and city with boats in the foreground.

  • Ilya Genkin - October 7, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Thanks a lot, Matt! Agree, Lavender Bay is also a great spot. Will update the post when I come back to Sydney.

  • kris - November 20, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    Absolutely beautiful pictures I like your work.

  • Lee Duguid - May 5, 2010 - 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the tips. I think I will have to revisit Bradley’s Head, you’ve nailed it in that image.

  • james - June 26, 2010 - 11:01 pm

    Excellent guide, thank you so much Ilya! I wanted to take some good shots but didn’t know where to start, and today I have been amazed at the results after waiting till sunset at Millsons point.

  • Shamus B - July 5, 2010 - 5:07 pm

    Thanks for the locations! What a great post :)

  • Ahmed - July 28, 2010 - 6:03 pm

    Thanks so much awesome photos

  • Selwyn - August 31, 2010 - 5:47 pm

    Just Fantastic!!! can’t wait to try the spots above, thanks for the guide, very useful for first time visitor with limited time!!

  • Graeme - July 18, 2011 - 8:04 pm

    Very useful post indeed, I plan to try them all. It’s handy that I live only 5 minutes from Balls Head.

  • Morden - September 29, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    Great info here! It really helped me make the most of some limited time on my first visit to Sydney recently. You can see my images on my blog which I took at Mrs Macquaries Point. http://www.mordenohare.com.au/articles.php?id=4&p=&search=

    You have some great images of Sydney. Thanks.

  • Ilya Genkin - October 10, 2011 - 7:45 am

    Thanks a lot, Morden!

  • Dima's Corner - January 29, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Great info! Spent today wondering around Sydney, checking out a few of these spots and got some pretty good shots. Thanks for putting it together!

  • Cosmin Danila - August 23, 2012 - 3:46 pm

    I just discovered your blog and you have amazing pictures! Thank you so much for this post with the locations! I’m sure it’ll help me a lot on my visit to Sydney this December!
    All the best!

  • Sze Tang - February 3, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    What a handy guide Ilya, thanks for taking the time to write this up. I will have to see if I can find the time to do a similar thing for Melbourne!

    Beautiful images in your folio by the way.

  • Ilya Genkin - February 4, 2013 - 11:50 am

    Many thanks, Sze Tang! I’d love to read your guide for Melbourne when it’s ready. I photographed it a few times, but because I’m not local it’s difficult to find a really nice spot. Similar guides save time and sometime money and vacations! :)

  • George - August 10, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Thank you so much for this, I was able to get some great shots the last few days thanks to this guide. What a beautiful city you have!

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