No question, Sydney is one of the prettiest cities on the face of the earth, and one of the most visually striking times to witness this wonderful part of the world is at sunset, when the sky is awash with colour. But where is THE best spot in Sydney to seek out sunset and the all-famous “golden hour”?
Calling all lovers of sunsets and devotees to dusk. As night falls, Sydney’s expansive skyline reaches its pinnacle of beauty, more than worth of an Instagram capture or three. Wondering where to watch the sunset in Sydney? Level up your feed with our guide on the best places to see Sydney aglow year-round.
#1. James Watkinson Reserve, Pyrmont
A little known local spot, perfect for soaking up the last rays of the day and enjoying a twilight picnic with waterfront views is James Watkinson Reserve in Pyrmont. This best-kept secret location is an incredible spot to catch the sunset over Sydney Harbour, paired with stunning vistas of the shimmering cityscape. Coming from a true Pyrmont local, our Operations Manager, Ngai Wong, loves to take an occasional sunset stroll there during her downtime. Her favourite route? From James Watkinson Reserve, Ngai recommends, “walking down Ways Terrace towards the North West until you end up at Giba Park, one of the New Year’s Eve fireworks vantage points with an unobstructed view of Harbour Bridge.”
#2. Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
One of the most popular sunset points in Sydney, Barangaroo Reserve boasts fantastic vistas of Sydney Harbour looking back to the Inner West and across to Circular Quay. What better location for sunset snaps than a place that offers a clear view of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. And when you’re done with the sun, there’s plenty of waterfront food and drink options nearby.
#3. John Street, Pyrmont
A local hidden gem for watching the sunset in Sydney, John Street in Pyrmont looks westward with a beautiful visage of the landmark Anzac Bridge. A stunning silhouette against the dusk backdrop marks this street as one of the most amazing spots to watch the sunset in Sydney. And bonus? It’s just a few steps away from our hotel.
#4. Observatory Hill, The Rocks
While it’s no secret, we simply have to mention this classic spot for catching the Sydney sunset. Idyllic for family, friends and couples, Observatory Hill offers elevated views of Sydney’s stunning sunset and the famous harbour. Adjacent to Circular Quay, the walk uphill is certainly worth the trek as this popular spot is often witness to so many events including parties, picnics, proposals, and even weddings.
#5. La Perouse
One of the most Instagrammable locations for sunsets is at La Perouse. The stunning views of the coast here are renowned for a reason. Our hot tip? Take a look at the view from across Bare Island and when you’re done with the view up top, venture below the Bare Island footbridge via a set of stairs for a unique viewpoint of the ocean waves coupled with an incredible sunset.
#6. Bradleys Head, Mosman
Equipped with a lighthouse and amphitheatre, an amazing spot to watch Sydney’s sunset is at Bradleys Head, one of Mosman’s many scenic spots. This breathtaking lookout is beyond remarkable as the view of Sydney Harbour and the accompanying cityscape stretches wide from across the water. The perfect place for any romantic outing and a top pick for anyone looking for the most Instagrammable places in Sydney.
Need a place to stay?
Did you know that you can catch Sydney’s stunning sunsets from your very own room? With a clear view of Darling Harbour and the surrounding cityscape, the Balcony Room at Aiden Darling Harbour is the most relaxing spot for sunset viewing and ultimate comfort.
Base yourself at the centre of all the action across from the CBD and next to Darling Harbour, in the village-like neighbourhood setting of Pyrmont.
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