Catch the changing hues of the skies while clocking in a bit of adventure.
The early bird gets the worm, or in this case that epic sunrise shot that is sure to be the envy of your social media followers. And even if you’re not an early bird and enjoy sleeping in, allow us to make our case. These are some of the best locations to view a magnificent sunrise before the crack of dawn. (Featured image: Quino Al.)
1. Macquarie Lighthouse, Dunbar Head, Vaucluse
Australia’s very first lighthouse, the Macquarie Lighthouse offers a scenic view of the Sydney Harbour and the Pacific Ocean. The white lighthouse looks especially formidable against a fiery sky early in the morning. You can also explore surrounding areas and join a guided tour of the light house for $3-$5 on selected Sundays.
Distance from CBD: It’s about a 20-minute drive on a good day but be aware of busy roads and plan accordingly. You can also take the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay and walk up to 1.5km to the lighthouse.
2. Bronte Baths, Bronte Beach
About 3kms from Bondi lies the equally beautiful but less crowded and much smaller, Bronte Beach. The ocean pool at Bronte is stunning to say the least and makes for a great picture any time of the day. But something about it in the morning is just magical. There’s all sorts of interesting water and fence patterns and a lot of fun shadow play if you want to get creative.
Distance from CBD: It’s about a 25-30-minute drive from the CBD. If you’re doing public transport, take a train to Bondi and then a bus to Bronte for the fastest route.
3. Hickson Road Reserve, The Rocks
When it comes to The Rocks, pretty much every nook and corner is beautiful. But for the best sunrise, head to Hickson Road Reserve located in the very heart of the neighbourhood. It also offers the perfect view of The Opera House with the rising sun as backdrop, so you really can’t go wrong.
Distance from CBD: The best way to get there is by taking the light rail from QVB, and then walk for about 11 minutes from Circular Quay to the site.
4. Narrabeen Tidal Pool, Narrabeen
Narrabeen is an underrated gem. Boasting one of Sydney’s most charming rock pools, it has a wooden pier surrounding the pool which makes for a great spot to view the sunrise and a refreshing way to kickstart the day.
Distance from CBD: About a 40-minute drive from the CBD, it is one of the furthest locations on this list but definitely worth it. There are also public transport options from Wynyard although it would take a while to get to the beach.
5. Sydney Tower Eye, Market Street
Enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Sydney from the Sydney Tower Eye. Sunrise, sunset and everything in between, this is one spot that will not disappoint.
Distance from CBD: It is located just a 3-minute walk via Market Street.