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7 top spots for a sunrise or sunset in Sydney

Sunset in Sydney

WHETHER you’re looking for stunning views of the city’s skyline, gardens or surrounding water, there are many places around Sydney where you can admire an incredible sunrise or sunset.

Here are some of the best spots for a spectacular sunrise or sunset in Sydney. 

1. Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney’s tallest building is the first place in the city to witness dawn and the last to see dusk. From the viewing platform you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of Australia’s largest city, including Sydney’s beaches, harbour and the Blue Mountains in the distance.

2. On the harbour

You don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve experienced sunrise or sunset on the water! Take a ferry or boat cruise in the evening or first thing in the morning on Sydney Harbour. Marvel as the sky changes colour and the sun’s rays bounce off the water.

3. Hornby Lighthouse, Watson’s Bay

Watch the sunrise and sunset from arguably one of Sydney’s most breathtaking coastal views, the Hornby Lighthouse. From the iconic red and white striped lighthouse, appreciate the evening sky’s extraordinary colours as they sweep across the sky above the Pacific Ocean.

4. Fairy Bower Rock Pool, Manly

An enchanting, dreamlike view when the sky’s blue, red and golden tones blend above you while walking along the Marine Parade. Admire the sky from the gorgeous Fairy Bower Rock Pool. Along its rock edge you’re also treated to the silhouette of ‘The Oceanides’ sculptures, which face the sea.

5. The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel

With sweeping 180-degree views of Sydney’s harbour and spectacular skyline, the Glenmore Rooftop Hotel in The Rocks is the perfect place to be when you just want to sit back, relax with some wine and enjoy the sunset.

6. The Gap

Golden rays break through the clouds and shine upon The Gap’s spectacular rocky cliffs in the early hours of the morning as the city wakes up. There are also some amazing views of Sydney Harbour and the magnificent city skyline.

7. Royal Botanic Gardens

A tranquil experience in the heart of the city, surrounded by a beautiful lake, Sydney Harbour, rose garden and themed garden areas. Escape to your own world at one of the several spots around the gardens as you take in Sydney’s sunset.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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