TOP 5 PLACES TO INSTAGRAM IN SYDNEY
Sydney is a visual delight for photographers with its harbour, beaches, and numerous vantage points. I find myself continually returning to these spots for their beautiful views, design elements, and of course, something pretty to photograph and eat! These spots are relatively simple to get to and don’t need to cost much money. Unless of course you want to savour a bucket of prawns at The Boathouse Palm Beach, but that’s your prerogative!
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1. SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
The Sydney Opera House is a given, so we may as well start here! Though it is one of the most photographed structures in the world, every time I visit, my challenge is to photograph it from a new angle. Great vantage points can be found on a Sydney ferry, but don’t forget to get up close as well, to view the intricate tile work that makes up the surface of those beautiful sails. The Opera House is a great building to explore both inside and out. If you aren’t able to catch a show inside, you can always take a walking tour inside. Find out more at the Sydney Opera House website. Your photography isn’t limited to the Opera House… there is more to see around Circular Quay to the one side, and then around to the Botanical Gardens on the other.
The Sydney Opera House is accessible via train, ferry and bus.
2. PALM BEACH
Some 45km up the coast from the city of Sydney is the sleepy peninsula of Palm Beach. Don’t let the distance put you off, it is well worth the day trip for relaxing day away. Here, you will find the original location of The Boathouse, a stunning restaurant located on the piers of Pittwater, that is an Instagrammer’s dream. Conch shells full of lemons, buckets of flowers, fish traps as lights, layered greenery, water views. Don’t be so busy taking it all in that you forget to order a cappuccino with an anchor in cocoa on top. On the road in to The Boathouse, you will pass their shop, The Boathouse Home, where you can buy all sorts of treasures to replicate the look back home. After exploring The Boathouse locations, you can stroll along the water on the Pittwater side, or the waves on the ocean side or hike up to the Barrenjoey lighthouse if you are feeling like a hike.
Palm Beach is accessible by bus or car. For more on The Boathouse Group, click here for the website.
Where the Opera House and Palm Beach are visually appealing on a large scale, it takes more effort to hunt out the photo opps in Paddington, but oh so worth it. Paddington is largely made up of terrace homes, so if you have a thing for exteriors and pretty doors, then this is the stop for you. As well, Paddington is home to some beautiful design stores, and great eats as well. (Click here to read my blog post on 9 Interior Design Stores in Sydney.) Prepare to take a day to wander Oxford Street, and all the little side streets leading up to it, William Street in particular.
Paddington is accessible by bus from the city or Bondi Junction. Alternatively, you can walk from the city if you are in the mood for a lot of walking.
4. WATSON’S BAY
Watson’s Bay is another lovely little getaway, though much closer to the city for accessibility… just jump on a ferry from Circular Quay and you’ll be there in about half an house. Watson’s Bay Hotel is a large draw here, its striped umbrella covered terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour is a lovely way to while away a sunny Sydney afternoon. Food served on enamelware is highly photogenic, but also very tasty. Take a couple of friends and share a few plates. Wander along the waterfront for photo opps with rowboats, huge fig trees, boat houses, swimming holes and those amazing city views. There is also an amazing ocean walk from The Gap to Macquarie Lighthouse if you have the time.
Watson’s Bay is easily accessible by ferry, or via bus or car: keep in mind that parking is limited on busy days.
5. BONDI BEACH
Bondi Beach may be my favourite spot, but then it could just be because I live locally! There is much to see and photograph here. Obviously it is a stunner on a sunny day, but it is also an adventure to be caught out when the storms roll in, with a front row seat to the drama of nature. On the south end, Bondi Icebergs must be the most photographed pool in Australia, so you don’t want to miss that! (From here, you can continue a coastal walk around to Tamarama and Bronte beaches.) On the north side, you can explore past the wading pool to the rocky coastline where the blue boats are lined up. Along the beach promenade, and other back alleys in Bondi, you will find some terrific artists. Along with so much to see, there is plenty to eat here as well… Porch and Parlour and Harry’s are a couple of highlights… but spend some time exploring and find your own favourites!
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Bondi Beach is accessible via bus from the city or Bondi Junction. Also accessible via car, though parking can be limited on busy days, as well as expensive.
All images © Donna Vercoe - shot with either Nikon DSLR or iPhone.