Travel Hack: Sunrises in Sydney

What better way to start the day than watching the sun rise over a gorgeously clear Sydney sky? Set your alarms, look up and watch this beautiful city come to life.

Destination NSW

Destination NSW

Sep 27 -
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The sunrise is one of the best times to see this striking city, unveiled under the rising golden rays. Start your early morning adventure by grabbing a warm, glorious coffee. It’s a must if you’re not a morning person.

Bronte Baths at sunrise.

Bronte Baths at sunrise, Bronte Beach

Sydney’s beaches are one of the best landscapes to see blanketed in a soft, warm light as you savour a cup of that liquid gold. Bronte Beach boasts numerous vantage points, whether you’re at the south or north end. The south has proven popular as the Rock Pool lights up for a morning show.

Morning sun rising over Bondi Beach, Sydney

Sunrise, Bondi Beach

Coogee Beach is another great location for a special sunrise moment. Look out for the stunning Ross Jones Memorial Pool as it transforms from a deep dark blue to a glimmering periwinkle purple. The iconic Bondi Icebergs pool is also an incredible sight in the first light of day.

Bondi Icebergs at sunrise, Bondi Beach

Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach

Some go-to lookouts in the CBD include Observatory Hill at The Rocks for a striking sunrise. It’s at the top of Lower Fort Street, an easy walk from Circular Quay, where you can admire Luna Park and the Sydney Harbour Bridge be illuminated in a vibrant glow. There’s also an abundance of cafes and eateries nearby, such as La Renaissance, that are great for a post sunrise feed.

Sun rising over Sydney Harbour with Queen Mary II docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal

Sun rising over Sydney Harbour 

Sydney Harbour National Park also boasts some spectacular lookouts. Watch Sydney wake up at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre. Step onto the old stone jetty and be immersed in the middle of the harbour as you see the sun rise above the city skyline. Alternatively, take a seat in the grassy area (a favourite local picnic spot) and take in sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Fort Denison as the city bathes in a yellow light.

At South Head near Watsons Bay you’ll find the iconic red and white striped Hornby Lighthouse. Watch it transform into an enchanting sight alongside uninterrupted views of North Head and the Pacific Ocean to the east. For pure panoramic ocean cliff views, head to The Gap as the cloak of night dissipates.

If you prefer to power up your morning with a leisurely stroll, consider the Glebe Foreshore Walk. With picturesque cityscape views, stopping right in front of Anzac Bridge is a must to take in that shining ball of light in the sky. For something longer, try the three hour Harbour Walk from the tranquil Rushcutters Bay to Rose Bay with its sailing boats and tree-lined streets. Casual walkers may prefer the gentle and scenic Fairfax Walk, strolling along as the city basks in a golden glow.

Jacarandas along the Parramatta River, Gladesville with views towards Sydney Harbour Bridge

Parramatta River, Gladesville

Looking for a sunrise experience like no other? Try Sydney by Kayak’s, Sunrise Kayak and Coffee Tour from Lavender Bay. Take to the calm, glimmering water and kayak to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Relax while you float with a fresh, steamy coffee as the sun pops up from the horizon, lighting up the sails of the Sydney Opera House and city skyline.

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