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Best Places to See the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Friday February 15th 2019
At any time of day, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a grand sight; part wow, and part wonder. A marvel of modern construction, it connects the north and south of Sydney and is one of the world’s most iconic bridges. Affectionately known as ‘The Coathanger’ by Sydney locals, this bridge watches over the city and can pop out around any corner, from tourist hotspots to hidden perspectives. Here are 10 places to get a picture postcard view of Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge.
The Opera Bar
While you’re enjoying the view with a brew, take in this incredible outlook of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This beautiful bar offers a remarkable vantage point where you can relax and stay a while.
Not your average tourist spot, the Blues Point Reserve in McMahons Point is a stunning place to lay down a picnic rug and get your camera out. If you’re there when the tide’s low, stand on the little beach to get a square on shot.
Circular Quay Train Station
This is a very convenient place to get a snap of the bridge; there’s nothing quite like getting off a train and taking in this incredible vista. Get your camera ready for a panorama straight from the platform.
Sydney Tower Eye
See the bridge from a unique perspective. Unlike other views where you look up at The Bridge, here you can capture its beauty from 250 metres above street level. To get some stunning shots of the city’s magnificent skyline, there’s no better spot than Sydney’s Highest Point. Capture it during the day or after dark for standout pics.
This place is a local favourite, and the best way to get there is by ferry from Circular Quay. With a beautiful walk to wander around, you can meander to Mosman while capturing the bridge from across the water.
Jeffrey St Wharf
No Sydney photography portfolio is complete without a picture of the Sydney Harbour Bridge reflected in the water here. Just near the wharf, there’s a small pool of water that offers a doubly perfect shot.
One of Sydney’s most romantic places, this little hill in the centre of the city is a great position to capture the Bridge set against the rows of quaint heritage-listed terraced houses. Sunrise from here is a stunner.
Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden
This whimsical Sydney staple is something the locals like to keep secret. While you won’t get a clear shot from among the greenery, the pic you do get will be much more abstract and interesting.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
This perspective offers dramatic skies, of both The Bridge and Opera House in one pic. Get unique shots from the rocks, as well as wide-angle photos from the hill. The light from here is incredible, and sunset is unbelievable.
The Cahill Walk
For a photo that mixes the ferries of Circular Quay with the beautiful Bridge, walking this long road may not be peaceful, but, it allows you to take a photo as the ferries pass. For photo enthusiasts, the busy road after dark gives great long-exposure shots with a harbour-view background.