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Best Places In Sydney To Watch A Sunrise

By Jessica Best
5th Nov 2017


We’ve been suckers for #skyporn ever since the good ol’ ‘gram made its debut in 2010. Cue jumping off a bus to snap the pastel sky, sticking your head out of a moving car to capture an epic cloud formation and sitting on your mate’s shoulders to reallyyyyyy nail the panorama. Yeah, we’ve all been there. It sure is hard living in such a gorge city.

If you’re not a morning person, you’ll want to start being one because we’ve trawled the highs and lows of our buzzing hometown to find all the greatest vantage points to watch the day start.

Here are the best places to watch a sunrise in Sydney.

Bronte Beach


You can’t argue with this one. Especially because we’re all guilty of snapping from the various vantage points of Bronte Beach during the early hours of the morning. Whether you’ve stuck to the south end and watched the sun light up the rockpool or hopped over to the north to watch Bronte and the tips of Tama light up, there is no doubt you’ll score a wicked morning show from here.

Wendy’s Secret Garden 

Lavendar Bay

This picture-perfect nook tucked into Lavender Bay offers up less of a vista than most but it’s an absolute gem of a spot to catch the first little rays of the day. It’s pretty much a human-sized fairy garden speckled with massive ferns, figs, lillies and some beaut glimpses of the harbour.

Homebush Bay


This glorious part of Sydney was once used as a shipwreck yard in the 60s and now it’s one of the most picturesque spots in Syd-town to watch the sunrise over four main wreck sites (all accessible via Bicentennial Park or Bennelong Parkway at Wentworth Point FYI). You can try and get around to all of these sites in one morning but we suggest setting up in front of SS Ayrfield aka. ‘floating forest’. This wreck always looks stunning against a sunrise because it’s lying east.

Observatory Hill

The Rocks

Get yourself to the top of Lower Fort Street and prepare for a solid “what the hell” moment. You’ll see some little residential pockets, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park all lit up from here. It’s a super easy walk from Circular Quay and hey, should you work up an appetite after all your hard work watching Sydney wake-up, there’s a plethora of cafes trailing into the city.

Birchgrove Oval


This lovely little slice of paradise gives you a waterfront outlook (hello moored yachts and Harbour Bridge) and man oh man, should you bear the brunt of setting that alarm clock to an ungodly hour to watch the sunrise, you’ll be guaranteed a magical start to your day.


Sutherland Shire

Just south of Bundeena, Wattamolla is the sunrise haven offering up ocean landscapes, lagoons and small waterfalls in the perfect drop zone of the sunrise. Trust us, you won’t regret the ‘rise and grind’ for this one.

Hornby Lighthouse

Sydney Harbour National Park

When the sun hits the old-school Hornby Lighthouse, just wow. The view here just as the day starts is a perfect lil’ reminder of why we love our glorious city of Sydney so much (you know, for more than its food value). You’ll catch an uninterrupted view of the North Head and other parts of Sydney, sooo pretty sure that’s your one-way ticket to actual happiness.

Wanda Beach 


The lifeguard hut on this epic stretch of sand literally glows on a clear morning as the sunrises. You’ll basically have all the sky to watch and a little bit of headland to make the view even better. Call in sick to work, you won’t be leaving any time soon.

Narrabeen Tidal Pool


This iconic rockpool is an epic photo opp. just as the sunrises. Cue morning vapour and a wooden wharf that wraps around the tidal pool. We can confirm your mornings will be made a whole lot better just by starting your day here.

Coogee Beach


Just a stones throw away from Bronte (stay with us) Coogee Beach offers up some serious #skyporn on the reg. If you head towards the Surf Life Saving Club on the south end you’ll see what we mean. Make yourself comfortable, sit back and watch the Ross Jones Memorial pool go from a dark blue into an opal gem.

Turimetta Beach


Get yourself to the southern end of this sunrise mecca and trust us, you’ll be in for a real treat. The rock shelves here are covered almost entirely in a sheet of moss so you can imagine just as the sun starts peeking, how bloody beaut this place looks.

Glebe Foreshore Walk


You don’t have to be an avid walker of these parts to know this route offers up one of the most stunning takes of a cityscape sunrise. Set yourself up right in front of the Anzac Bridge and we kid you not, the sky just magically looks amazing every morning. Every. Damn. Morning.

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