Sydney is an Instagram dream come true with its glittering harbour and endless sandy beaches wrapping around a rugged coastline. On a sunny day, you don’t even need a photo filter to get your friends back home wishing they had bundled themselves into your suitcase.
But with so many sensational places to visit in Sydney, where does a snap-happy traveller begin? Here’s a local’s perspective on hunting down the best Insta-worthy vantage points that will have your followers double-tapping with delight.
Bondi Icebergs Club - 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach
The view overlooking the world-famous Bondi Beach from the Bondi Icebergs Club is nothing short of spectacular. Sit back and relax on the balcony with a cool beverage and be sure to have your best beachwear on and your phone at the ready. With aqua-hued baths below, sun lovers dotted across the wide, golden mouth of sand and gradients of breathtaking blue water stretching all the way out to the horizon – it’s near impossible to take an average shot here.
Luna Park - 1 Olympic Dr, Milsons Point
Check off two iconic Sydney landmarks in one snap with a visit to Luna Park (entry is free). The first is the entrance gate to the amusement park itself, which features an enormous grinning face flanked by two cartoon-like towers – just perfect for surprising your Instagram followers with a pop of kaleidoscopic colour in their feed. The second is the ridiculous proximity it offers to the magnificent Harbour Bridge. Take a whirl on the Ferris wheel for sky-high snaps of Sydney’s best visual assets all rolled into one.
Travel secret: You can take the train to Milsons Point to reach Luna Park, but a ferry from Circular Quay is the most picturesque way to arrive. Snap a photo en route via the water with your hair blowing in the breeze!
Taronga Zoo - Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman (take the ferry from Circular Quay)
There’s only one place in the world where you can snap a giraffe chilling out with the big looming arch of the Harbour Bridge and the gleaming white sails of the Opera House in the background. Yes, there is plenty of stellar Instagram material at Taronga Zoo. Come for the cute and cuddly koalas and stay for the awe-inspiring panoramic views of this beautiful harbour city.
Strickland House and Milk Beach - Vaucluse Rd, Vaucluse
Last, but definitely not least, is a picturesque location where Sydneysiders in the know go to frolic in the secluded waters of Milk Beach and laze on the green lawns under the commanding presence of heritage-listed Strickland House. Strickland House is in Sydney’s affluent eastern suburb of Vaucluse and the beautiful gardens are open to the public. From the entrance gate, head down towards the water to access the cute and compact Milk Beach which affords you sweeping views of Sydney city and the harbour. Pack a picnic and your swimwear – you won’t regret it. Happy Instagramming!