Top 8 Locations to Photograph Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge

If you haven’t taken photos of the famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, then you haven’t been to Australia. Of course, the other millions of tourists think so too. Try to compete with them for a spot at Circular Quay especially during golden hours, you may end up waiting for hours if you don’t want others in your shots.

In this post, I’ll share my top 8 best photography spots to take that perfect magical instagrammable postcard-worthy photos to make your family and friends jealous.

1. Mrs Macquaries Point

Perfect Spot for Sunset

This is probably one of the most famous spots for photographers. Opera House and Harbour Bridge align alongside each other, perfect for that sunset shot. Plenty of metered parking available not far from the lookout platform and park.

Mrs Macquaries Point
Mrs Macquaries Point

2. Alfred St S & Broughton St Lookout, Milsons Point

Waterfront location right under the Harbour Bridge, ample metered parking along the walking track. For the best viewpoint, walk past Jeffrey Street Wharf. And while you’re there, why not visit Lunar Park, entry is free, you only pay for rides.

Alfred St S

3. Blues Point Reserve, McMahons Point

Front view of the Harbour Bridge, another great location to watch the sunrise and see the Opera House be tainted with red. Ample waterfront parking, a very romantic place to bring your lover!

Blues Point Reserve

4. Harbour Bridge Pylon Lookout

The entry fee is $15, there are 200 stairs up the pylon, closes at 5pm. You’ll get a 360° view of Sydney harbour. A great alternative for Sydney Harbour Bridge walks at a fraction of the cost. You can learn a little history during each level, well worth the dollars.

5. Hickson Rd, Dawes Point Park

Perfect for Sunrise

Limited parking in front of the park, right under the Harbour Bridge, and uninterrupted view of the Opera House, ideal for shooting the sunrise. you can walk around Campbell’s Cove coming from Circular Quay.

Hickon Rd
Dawes Point

6. Shangri-la Hotel Horizon Club

If you don’t mind a little pampering, book yourself a room with Horizon Club access in Shangri-la Hotel. Enjoy snacks and refreshments with a 180° view of Sydney Harbour.

I lost the photos from here 🙁 will update when I get the chance to go again!

7. Circular Quay & Opera House near Bennelong Lawn

For a closeup shot, walk to the Opera House. Usually there’s less people around Man o’ War Steps side.

Circular Quay
Circular Quay
Circular Quay

8. Take A Ferry

Opal card only charges $2.50 on Sundays for unlimited use of public transportations. Take a ferry from Circular Quay and snap away at the Harbour Bridge and Opera House up close. Get to the top deck as soon as you board, tourists tend to go mad with selfies while cruising past the Opera House.

Ferry Opera House
Ferry Sydney harbour

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