The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic,, most visited and most photographed structures in Australia. Thousands of people crowd around the Harbour every New Years Eve to witness a spectacular display of fireworks of the famous bridge and hundreds of people each day do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in order to get spectacular views of Sydney.
We have been spending a fair amount of time in Sydney lately and have been exploring the bridge from many different angles. Here are some of the best viewing spots we have found to take those extraordinary photos the the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
One of the best views you can have for photos of the bridge and Sydney Harbour is from the Circular Quay train platform closest to the Harbour. There is a big open place for viewing and as you can see the view is pretty dramatic and makes for some pretty awesome Harbour Bridge photos
Just behind the rocks area you will find Observatory Hill, a noteworthy place to visit on its own for some sky and star gazing. The Hill gives you a different view of the bridge and one worth the climb up the hill to take a picture of.
Just on the corner of the Hyatt
The Hyatt Hotel sits right on the Harbour and just around the corner from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you have a heavy wallet, it would be the ideal place to sleep before you do your Sydney Bridge Climb. Right on the corner offers a great view looking up at the bridge.
Spending a day, or picnicking, in the Botanical Gardens is a relaxing and free way to spend a day in Sydney. Walk around a little until you find the perfect spot for you to take yet another photo of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Mrs Macquarie’s chair
Probably one of the most famous viewing spots for the iconic coat hanger. Mrs Macquaries Chair is one of the most sought after positions on New Years Eve and from the looks of the view you can see why.
The Rocks is one of my favourite spots in Sydney. Apart from the market shopping, first settlement history, superb Sydney YHA for accommodation, and lively pubs, there is a spectacular view of the bridge from its many cobble stoned streets. This one is taken from the pedestrian street where the Lowenbrau is. If you are game to jump out in front of traffic on George St, just outside the Orient Hotel, you can capture a pretty cool shot as well.
Another great reason to take a ferry ride on the harbour is for the unlimited opportunities you have to take a wide variety of photos of the Harbour Bridge, from different angles and positions from Balmain to right across heading out to Manly. These will be your most challenging photos to take as you will be on a moving ferry with crowds of people.
Not only is this a great fundraising event and a fantastic opportunity to get fit, it also provides you with many different views of the Harbour Bridge from across the city. As you can read in our post we didn’t make it the whole way around. You can be sure that no matter where you are walking around the Harbour that beautiful bridge will be popping up to greet you for an amazing photo opportunity.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
This is something we have not yet done (but is on the list). I can only imagine the different sorts of photos you could get of the Harbour bridge from climbing it. Here you could really focus in it’s unique architectural design.
If you don’t want to climb it you could definitely walk across it for alternative photos. Ben from Adventures with Ben recently explored the inexpensive Sydney Bridge Climb alternative Bridge Pylon Lookout.
Of course we have not had a chance to view this magnificent piece of architecture from all the best spots.