For the early birds among us, there are few better ways to start the day than with a sunrise. And whether a beach-lover or city dweller, Sydney has an abundance of stunning sunrise spots to watch the sun begin its striking ascent.
From cityscapes to ocean vistas, we’ve rounded up the best places in Sydney to catch a sunrise.
Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach
One of the most Instagrammable spots in Sydney, watching the sun rise over this beautiful saltwater pool is early morning at its very best. The sky will turn a pinky hue as the sun begins to rise over the horizon, casting the ocean with beams of light. And while the hour may be early, you won’t be alone, as this is undoubtedly one of the best – and most popular – spots to catch a sunrise in all of Sydney.
Hornby Lighthouse, Watson’s Bay
Offering would-be morning larks with uninterrupted views of Sydney’s North Head, this sunrise spot is a more secluded one, meaning your less likely to be vying for that all important picture. One of Sydney’s most scenic look-outs, you’ll want to witness more than just one sun rise from this stunning vista.
Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks
Hickson Road Reserve is located in the heart of The Rocks, and offers one of the best spots in the city to watch the sun rise. Boasting an incredible view across the harbour to the famous opera house, you’ll see the sun rise behind this striking landmark, offering an undeniably iconic sunrise scene.
Palm Beach Lighthouse, Palm Beach
For a quintessentially Australian sunrise, it doesn’t get much better than Palm Beach. If you’ve got the energy, make your way up to the lighthouse, where you’ll have unrivalled views of the two beaches in all their early morning glory. And if you’re feeling peckish, why not reward yourself with breakfast at The Boathouse?
Glebe Foreshore Walk, Sydney
If the sun rising over the beach isn’t your thang, head to Glebe’s Foreshore Walk for a rather beautiful alternative. With one of the most stunning takes of a cityscape sunrise, in Sydney, watching the sun rise from the front of the Anzac Bridge is sure to start your day on the best foot possible.
Wendy’s Secret Garden, Lavender Bay
While it sounds like something from a childhood novel, this stunning morning look-out is anything but fictional. A picturesque nook nestled in the heart of Lavender Bay, this garden features massive ferns, figs, lilies and some stunning glimpses of the famous harbour, making it hard to beat when it comes to the city’s best places to admire the early morning sun.
Narrabeen Tidal Pool, North Narrabeen
Home to one of Sydney’s prettiest rock-pools, it’s little wonder that Narrabeen Tidal Pool is one of the most popular spots to watch the sun rise. With a wooden wharf that skirts the pool, and a stunning view of the horizon, it’s the most epic of places to kick start your day.