Finding the best Sydney sunset spots is a little bit tricky. The city generally faces the sea to the east, and as a sunset guru like me would know, this means sunsets are not over the ocean like we would like them to be! 😛 But, luckily, Sydney is comprised of many curvy bays, inlets, and hills, so the best sunsets in Sydney, even over the water, are not too hard to find if you just do a bit of searching!
I lived in Sydney for 6 months, and during that time one of my missions was to seek out all of the best Sydney sunset spots myself. I explored all around the harbour, did as many coastal walks in Sydney as I could find, climbed all the hills, did all the hikes, took ferries, and even went to a rooftop or two. After all this I think I can confidently tell you some of the most unique and best Sydney sunset spots from my own adventures, for you to check out for yourself
Best Sydney Sunset Spots
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Dudley Page Reserve
I kindof stumbled upon this amazing little spot on a bike ride one day. Situated on a pretty big hill, the Dudley Page Reserve faces due west and directly at the city skyline. This perfect combination of features makes it one of the very best Sydney sunset spots. Bring a picnic or a blanket and relax on the grass to see the sky change colors directly over the iconic sydney skyline – you may even see some silhouetted planes cruising past the skyscrapers as well!
For a lovely sunset over the water, take the Manly Ferry over to Manly Wharf. This mini beach faces away from the open water, AKA almost west, AKA towards the sunset. The ferry itself will present a great sunset view, or you can grab a drink at any of the nice restaurants on the Manly Wharf. Check out my Guide to Manly Beach (where I lived in Sydney) for more info on Manly and even more of the best Sydney sunset spots near Manly!
Shelly Beach, Manly
Another nice spot in Manly Beach, Shelly Beach is just a bit more secluded and away-from-it-all. The cove here wraps around and almost faces right back at the sunset over Manly Beach. Check it out!
Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise
One of just a couple touristy things I will mention here, a harbour cruise actually is a superior option for some of the best sunset spots in Sydney. Go all out, treat yo’self, and jump on a dinner sunset cruise that might even come with a drink or two. What better way to catch the sunset over the water/harbour than from a boat?! You will get ALL the different angles and get to see lots of sights while on the move, sailing.
Bradley’s head might just be one of the very best Sunset spots in Sydney. Due to its prime, mid-harbour location and west-facing direction, heading here here would place the sunset fairly close to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. If that’s not ideal for a Sydney sunset, I don’t know what is!
Watson’s Bay juts out as a little peninsula on the southern part of Sydney harbour. If you situate yourself on any of the inner beaches near Watson’s Bay (or any of the equally nice restaurants along the water), you are in a fantastic spot to watch one of the best sunsets in Sydney over the whole harbour! Bradley’s Head will just barely block your view of the bridge, though! 😛
Hermitage Foreshore Coastal Walk, Vaucluse
This coastal walk goes from Shark Beach to Rose Bay, and has perfect west-facing sunset views throughout. Enjoy the Sydney sunset while walking, or set up a picnic on any of the rocky outcroppings or tiny beaches along the way.
Sydney Tower Eye
Right, I know this one is a bit touristy, but whether you are a Sydney-sider or not you have to do it at least once. Once you get past the silly tourists and staged photos, the view is actually killer. It’s probably one of the most encompassing and best views in Sydney, especially for sunset. And you will be looking from smack dab in the middle of the CBD. Trust me on this one.
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Macquarie Point/ Mrs’ Macquarie’s Chair
I know I have said it before, but this miiiiight just take the cake for the top best Sydney sunset spots. From here the sunset is just a little bit more perfectly situated right behind the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and is at a closer range than Bradley’s Head. You can also check out the botanic gardens while you’re at it!
Blues Point Reserve, Lavendar Bay
The sunset would not be coming from entirely the correct direction here, but the views are worth it for this time of day just the same. The view of the Harbour Bridge from ehre is spot on, and you would be in just the right place to see the sky change color right behind it. It definitely deserves a mention for the best Sydney sunset spots!
La Perouse/Little Bay
If you want to head a bit farther from the center of the city, you can watch the sunset over Botany Bay from Little Bay in La Perouse. Cape Banks or the Bare Island Fort would have the best Sydney sunset spot view, and this area is also lovely to check out as well.
From a Nice Hotel in the CBD
Some of the best views in Sydney I have seen were when I visited family/friends in their nice hotels while they were visiting. I most likely could not have afforded these places myself, but if you can, by all means DO IT. The Shangri-La has the most perfect view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge that I could have ever imagined. And you could do it in your PJ’s with a glass of wine.
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