Famous Sydney Landmarks & the Most Instagrammable Places to Take Pictures in Sydney

For many of us, a trip to Sydney is a rare and special experience. All the more reason to capture every moment! Of course, you don’t actually want to post every single photo you take on Instagram. But how do you figure out what the best photo opportunities are in a city you’ve never been to?

Well, we’re here to help you out. Our city insiders have curated a list of their favorite places to take photos in Sydney, from natural wonders to cultural landmarks and beyond.

Best Way to See Sydney Landmarks

If you’re new to the city, it can be hard to figure out how to navigate your way around to all of these photo hotspots. So, consider using one of our recommended ways to get around the city – you’ll be able to check off a handful of landmarks and photo opps in one go.

Some easy ways to see Sydney landmarks include:

  • Big Bus Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Eco-Hopper 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Pass
  • BlueBananas Bike Hire

All of these options give you the flexibility to spend an entire day sightseeing without the hassle of dealing with strange roads or Sydney traffic. Whether you want to travel by land, by sea, or on two wheels, you’ve got an option here.

Save on Admission

Pick up The Sydney Pass and save up to 45% off combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Our pass gives you the flexibility to create your own itinerary, so you can choose from dozens of top attractions and create a vacation tailored to your interests.

Many of these photo opportunities are also located near top Sydney attractions, so you can combine some touristy things with that quest for the perfect Instagram.

#1 Bondi Beach

Icebergs Pool at Bondi Beach

You can’t be surprised this is on the list. Bondi is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the entire world – you don’t have to be Gray Malin to take a stunning photo of the iconic beach (though those aerial views sure are nice).

Whether you’re getting a photo of the sweeping sand and sea, the aboriginal carvings, or the waving sea grasses, there’s plenty of beauty to soak up here.

Insider tip: You can use the Big Bus Sydney hop-on hop-off tour to easily get to Bondi Beach. Or, the Discover Bondi Walking Tour is a great way to get some ideal photos while on a guided excursion.

Getting In: Big Bus Sydney tickets and Discover Bondi Walking Tour tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.

#2 The Sydney Opera House

view of the Sydney Opera House in the Sydney Harbour

One of the most recognizable pieces of architecture in the entire world, the Sydney Opera House is an absolute must-photograph. With its signature sail-like exterior, all your friends will immediately know this building and be totally jealous. If you want to see the interior, join up with a Sydney Opera House Tour for some behind-the-scenes action.

Getting In: Sydney Opera House tour tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

#3 The Animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo & Taronga Zoo

Matilda the Kangaroo holding an Australian flag at the WILD LIFE zoo

If there’s one thing visitors to Australia really want to see – after all the beautiful beaches, of course – it’s the amazing wildlife. Australia has some really distinctive critters that you won’t find many other places in the world. Here, in their natural habitats, they’re truly enchanting.

Snap photos of adorable wallabies and impressive kangaroos and get up close to the koalas for some great photo opportunities (please note: guests are no longer permitted to hold or pet koalas in any zoo or wildlife park in NSW).

Getting In: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

#4 Sydney Harbour Bridge

Landscape view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Along with the Sydney Opera House, this is one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks. With its signature arches and glittering structure, it’s affectionately known to some as “The Coathanger.” Snap a photo of the bridge and the surrounding harbor, and you’re sure to get all the likes.

The photo above was taken at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, located on the point of a peninsula in Sydney Harbour facing the bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Insider tip: Check out the North Sydney Pool for some luxurious swimming and unbeatable angles on the bridge – from directly below!

Getting In: Sydney Harbour Cruise tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

#5 The Royal National Park & Illawarra Fly

Knights Tower Observation Tower in Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures

Another amazing thing about Sydney is how close it is to the natural world. Pay a visit to the Royal National Park and see the wild beauty of the forest, stunning cliffs, and majestic ocean views. Best of all? It’s super inexpensive to visit and is easily reachable from the city.

A different option is the Illawarra Fly, a lush rainforest with phenomenal views and exotic plants. It’s located a hefty drive south of Sydney, but it’s totally worth it to walk among the treetops in an actual rainforest.

Getting In: Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures tickets are available with The Sydney Pass; the Royal National Park is separately ticketed and is not included on the pass.

#6 Sydney from Above

View from Sydney Tower Eye

Aerial views of Sydney aren’t easy to come by without a helicopter. That’s where the Sydney Tower Eye comes in! This 269-metre-high observation deck (the second highest in the entire Southern Hemisphere) provides unparalleled views of the city below, with the harbour and the ocean in the background. Another perfect Instagram shot!

Getting In: Sydney Tower Eye tickets are available with The Sydney Pass (and include a 4D cinema experience).

#7 Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

Tour the Blue Mountains on the Hop Off Hop On Bus

A visit to the Blue Mountains is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has to be documented for posterity. This expansive parkland is filled with impressive mountain peaks, lush rainforest, waterfalls, and more. Be sure to snap a photo at the Edge Cinema, which offers panoramic views alongside the latest flicks.

There are also plenty of cultural artifacts to explore here as well, including aboriginal arts and carvings, the Katoomba Scenic Railway, and the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum.

Insider tip: The best way to explore the Blue Mountains area is with a hop-on hop-off bus that takes the stress out of getting around.

Getting In: Blue Mountains Explorer Bus tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.

#8 Bare Island

This little islet in southeast Sydney is another ideal place for that charming nature shot. It’s part of Botany Bay, and has plenty of old fortifications dotting the landscape – perfect for some historical shots. You can opt to take a guided tour of the historic military fort and tunnels if you want to go inside, or snap photos from afar.

It’s also connected by a footbridge to the suburb La Perouse, so you don’t even need to take a ferry to get there. The waters around Bare Island are the favorite among scuba divers, so you’re in luck if you’re searching for marine life photo ops, too.

#9 Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

2015-09-13 Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney - 1

By Maksym Kozlenko [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Situated in a lovely greenspace just west of Circular Quay, the Royal Botanic Gardens are the place to go for those perfect floral photos. Get up close and personal with thousands of impressive plants, from native plants that you’ll only find in Australia to global classics like the rose.

A visit here is a great opportunity to learn more about the natural world, too – they offer free, volunteer-guided tours each day so you can get inside info on the plants you’re strolling past. You could fill an entire album with shots of these striking flowers, ferns, and trees!

#10 Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney (6635081175)

By Pedro Szekely from Los Angeles, USA (Queen Victoria Building, Sydney) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Although it’s now home to a very modern shopping mall, the Queen Victoria Building was constructed in the late nineteenth century. It originally served as a marketplace for locals in spite of its cathedral-like exterior – certainly the grandest place to buy your veggies!

Both the interior and exterior are worth your Instagram efforts. Keep an eye out for the two signature clocks that you’ll find inside – they’re unique and very cool. There’s also a tea room (in what used to be a ballroom!) that will make for some fun foodie shots.

Let’s Recap

We’ve chosen a few of our favorite sites in Sydney to photograph, and we hope you enjoy taking pictures of them, too.

Of course, there are dozens more picture-perfect sites throughout Sydney, from the wild beauty of the beaches and forests to the impressive city skyline. Heck, there are even untold numbers of fantastic restaurants that craft that perfect photogenic cocktail or appetizer.

And remember, The Sydney Pass will help save you up to 45% on admission to several of these photo-friendly attractions, so consider picking one up to make your quest for the perfect Instagram more budget-friendly.

Happy travels!

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