Stunning Sunset Spots in Sydney

Elaine Gabales
August 25, 2022
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We're in love with watching the sun rise and set. And we're always looking for the perfect spot to capture that beautiful golden light.

Wherever we go, we're searching for a photo-worthy view—one that's not only beautiful but also provides an incredible backdrop for creating some gorgeous photos (whether you're taking them yourself or asking someone else to do it).

And Sydney has it all: from iconic landmarks to scenic landscapes, you can find a stunning sunset spot wherever you go in this amazing city!

A beautiful sunset is one of the best ways to end a day in Sydney. We love watching the sun rise and suns set and try to get out to different view points as often as we can.

So what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see our favourite sunrise spots, too!

Opera House

You've seen the Opera House, right?

We can't blame you for not knowing about this one. It's a bit tucked away, but if you're looking for a place to relax and watch the sunset on a clear summer evening, this is it.

The walking path around the Opera House is a fantastic spot to settle in on one of the benches and watch the sun go down on a clear summer evening. Even better, visit the Opera Bar close by if you'd like to have a drink with that. This popular bar and restaurant offers fantastic sunset views against the backdrop of Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge.

America Bay, Ku-ring-gai National Park

America Bay is one of those places that will make you feel like you've stepped into a different world. It's perched on the top of a waterfall, overlooking a bay and the horizon where the sun will set, it's hard to believe there are places like this so close to the centre of Sydney!

America Bay is in Ku-ring-gai National Park, which is about an hour north of the CBD. You'll also need to walk for one kilometre each way, but it is well worth it. This is one sunset spot that you shouldn't miss! Make sure you make it back out the park before the gate is locked though!

Robertson Park

We're pretty sure that if you've ever been to Sydney, you know about Robertson Park. It's one of the best sunset spots in the city—and it's right by the water!

Robertson Park is located on Watsons Bay and faces Sydney Harbour with beautiful views that reach to the CBD skyline. And that is what makes Robertson Park the perfect spot for a pretty sunset.

The park extends down to the water where the views are the best, with anchored vessels in the bay and the Harbour and the city in the background. Make a day of it and explore the headland by doing an easy circuit walk around it (or even better, rent a bike!), followed by lunch or dinner at one of the many cafes, restaurants or pubs in the area.

Barangaroo Reserve

It's a gorgeous park that's perfectly situated moments away from the CBD and facing Sydney Harbour. The park is west-facing, making it a great spot to witness a sunset on a warm summer evening. What's even better about it is that you can watch the sun set from different angles, as well as enjoy some benches and rocks along the shore where you can enjoy fantastic views. Once the sun has set, you have the option to continue your Sydney night out at nearby Barangaroo, King Street Wharf, or Darling Harbour.

Observatory Hill

The best way to see beautiful sunset is also from Observatory Hill in The Rocks. From here, you'll get a great view of the Harbour Bridge, which sets off the sunset perfectly. You'll also be able to see all the way down to Taronga Zoo if you're standing on the hill's edge!

It's a great spot for a picnic—you can bring your own food or order up some take-away if you're not sure what to cook. And of course, there are plenty of other people who will be out enjoying their own picnics on the grassy lawn at the top of the hill.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair - Botanic Gardens

We're partial to the one that happens in front of the opera house, but there's something about this one that just makes us feel like we're on vacation.

It's not only the fact that it's tucked away at the Botanic Gardens and won't be seen by too many people, but also because there are so many rocks in the foreground to create a dreamy effect.

If you only have time for one sunset in the whole of Sydney, this is probably the one you should do.

Bradleys Head

You might notice the concrete jetty when you're walking past it, but if you sit on the end of it, you'll find yourself right in the middle of Sydney Harbour. It's a beautiful spot to watch the sunset while listening to seagulls squawk in the distance.

The concrete jetty gives you an amazing view of the whole skyline and has some lovely reflection on the water just below your feet. You can see the whole cityscape from here—and then there's that feeling of being right in the middle of everything…

It's hard to describe how much fun it is being here: there's no better way to spend an afternoon than sitting on this jetty watching the sunset while enjoying some delicious ice cream from a nearby café (if you're into that sort of thing).

Fairfax Lookout

The Fairfax Lookout on Manly’s North Head is widely considered one of Sydney’s most impressive lookout points, with incredible views of the city skyline, Sydney Harbour, and the ocean on the other side. It's also a great place to visit during the day as well as in the evening when the sun goes down, creating a beautiful light spectacle that leaves a lasting impression.

The Fairfax Lookout is part of a 1km paved circuit walk that takes in a few more lookout points—they're all worth seeing! And if you want to make it even better, there's an easy trail from here that takes you up onto the cliffs themselves.

Cremorne Point Wharf

The wharf and the surrounding neighborhood are a great place to spend your time in Sydney, but it's even better at dusk when the sun starts to set behind the city skyline and the Harbour Bridge.

If you're not sure where to find some good spots to watch the sunset, we've got some suggestions:

Follow the path on the western side of Cremorne Point and find yourself a good spot to settle in and watch the sun go down.

Queens Avenue, Vaucluse

In case you hadn't heard, Queens Avenue is the place to be.

This is a sunset spot that's only known to locals, but we can tell you it's definitely worth it. The Harbour view is absolutely stunning, with Shark Island sitting in front of the Harbour Bridge.

You can sit and watch the sun go down on the grassy verge, which also makes for an amazing picnic spot. The foliage in the foreground has jungle vibes and there's also gorgeous little Queens Beach below which is almost always quiet.

If you want to feel the sand between your toes you could also head down onto the beach and watch the sunset from there. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, jump into one of our kayaks! The water temperature is perfect for swimming or boating—and it's only a two-minute walk from Queens Avenue.

Manly Cove

Everyone knows Manly Cove. It's one of Sydney's best-kept secrets, and for good reason—it's an amazing place to be on a summer evening.

The water is as still as a millpont, and you can spend hours watching the paddle boarders and ferries drift by. If you're lucky, you might even catch sight of some fish!

Manly Cove is no secret, but there are few better places to be on a summer evening.

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