If it’s not on the ‘gram, were you really there? Undeniably, this generation of travellers curate their itineraries like they do their feed. From stunning views to breathtaking architecture – there’s no Instagrammable destination quite like Sydney. You have the sand, surf, city and nature all rolled into one amazing, unforgettable destination. Bookmark these locations for your next visit, you’re going to want to get them all.
Sydney is renowned for its incredible ocean pools, but none are as iconic as Bondi Icebergs. The 50m stretch of turquoise is set against the backdrop of the expansive ocean and crashing waves, and is truly a sight to behold. Whether you’re getting a shot in the water or a bird’s eye view from Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, Bondi Icebergs is arguably the most photogenic pool in the world and worth a visit.
Already captured your Bondi Icebergs shot? Then follow the Bondi to Bronte Walk to Bronte Baths, built in 1887. Tucked between Bondi and Coogee beaches, Bronte Beach is where the locals go. There’s a balmy seaside park for picnics, a crystal-clear aquatic reserve for snorkelling and diving, and the baths, built into a rocky cliff at the beach’s southern headland. Soak in the sweeping views of the bay and the ocean horizon; early birds will be rewarded with a remarkable sunrise.
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on the edge of the Royal Botanic Garden has some of the best views of Sydney’s iconic skyline: you’ll be able to get Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge all in one million dollar shot. Set up the picnic rugs and, if you’re there at dusk, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the sun setting behind the Sydney Opera House. This is a sight that's sure to satisfy your followers and get the likes rolling in.
One of the city’s best-kept secrets is the Queenscliff Tunnel, also known as the Manly Wormhole. Dug a century ago by local fishermen as a shortcut between Freshwater Beach and Manly, the 50m tunnel burrows straight through the cliff. There will be a few boulders to climb over but the view of the expansive ocean framed by the opening of the tunnel is truly worth the trip. Budding geologists can also appreciate the rock formations and cross-section of the rock layers along the way.
Queen Victoria Building
Dating back to 1898, the Queen Victoria Building replaced the original Sydney markets on the site and spans an entire block along George Street. The elaborate Romanesque architecture – with its semi-circular arches, stained glass windows and mighty domes – was planned to employ many out-of-work craftsmen during the recession. Now, these features make the landmark hard to miss and provide a magnificent backdrop for that perfect Instagram shot.
Wendy Whitely’s Secret Garden
A popular spot for locals inside the Lavender Bay Parklands on the northern edge of Sydney Harbour, the garden is a whimsical oasis that allows you to escape the busy city. Get lost amongst the towering foliage, lush plantings and meandering paths dotted with artwork and sculpture. The kaleidoscope of green tones and pops of colours from the native flowers will have you snapping away.
Forgotten Songs, Angel Place
An ethereal cluster of over one hundred birdcages is suspended above Angel Place, a pedestrian lane that runs between George Street and Pitt Street. The creator, Michael Thomas Hill, explains how the striking installation explores how Sydney’s fauna has evolved and adapted to co-exist with increased urbanisation. Once you’ve captured your shot, take a second to listen to the bird calls, which change as day shifts to night.
Built in the early 1800s, Paddington Reservoir was decommissioned in 1914 and has since been transformed into a heritage-listed public park. There's a Romanesque sunken garden with a lake of contemplation at its centre, a hanging garden canopy around the perimeter and an eastern chamber featuring wall art. The preservation of much of its original architecture – think towering archways, brick and iron structures – make for a rustic Instagrammable spot.
Bare Island, La Perouse
One of the many hidden gems in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, Bare Island is a small atoll that houses a 19th century fort and old wooden footbridge connecting the island to the mainland. With dreamy coastal views of Botany Bay, this photo spot is the perfect blend of history and nature. Fun fact: the fort features in Mission: Impossible 2 as the hideout of villain Sean Ambrose.