Your Instagram feed is probably full of pictures of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, or Bondi Beach. Honestly, it’s getting boring and frankly, a little basic, so here’s a list clout-grabbing and insta-worthy places in Sydney to rise above your (basic) peers.
1) Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington
The Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a heritage-listed public garden nestled in the East of the city. At first look, the garden is reminiscent of the ancient and wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, with a touch of Roman baths. The reservoir, which was once a vital source of water in the 19th century was restored in 2009. Much of the original brick, timber and iron framework laid out in its original creation is still preserved to this day. Here, you can admire the fusion of contemporary and old elements while strolling across the boardwalk or sitting on the roof top near the sunken garden. The garden also takes on another form of beauty as the sun sets in this magical haven.
2) Hacienda Bar, Circular Quay
Who doesn’t enjoy drinks by the bay? Sip a rum-inspired cocktail and take in the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge view at this chic drinking hole. The interior of the bar is just as insta-worthy as the view it brings, with a nod to the grand plantation architecture of Cuba, and a hint of 1950s Miami with a variety of botanicals, pink seating and neon signage.
3) The Grounds, Alexandria
The Grounds is perhaps one of Sydney’s most insta-worthy icons as its kitchen-garden vibes and hearty, innovative eats bring life to the remnants of a heritage-listed factory in the city’s industrial centre. Snap a selfie or Instagram story in front of vegetable gardens, flower pots and old-school stalls selling delicious home-made soda and sugary donuts!
4) Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade
The Palisade Hotel is a beautiful, airy cocktail space resting atop the historic watering hole. Settle in on one of their millennial pink couches for the perfect bird’s-eye view of the breath-taking Sydney Harbour Bridge.
5) Icebergs Pool, Bondi
The Bondi Icebergs is one of the world’s most renowned ocean pools. Named after its winter swimming club, the bright and beautiful white pool dates back to 1929. Needless to say, it is also an Instagram favourite during the summer months.
6) Chinese Garden, Chinatown
Be whisked away into the classic private gardens of the Ming Dynasty as you step into the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Located in the heart of Chinatown, the garden offers an insight into Chinese heritage and culture. These were also the very grounds that Hugh Jackman stood while filming The Wolverine.
7) Green Square Library, Zetland
The Green Square Library is a new underground library that opened its doors late 2018. It boasts a vibrant and colourful floor-to-ceiling shelf design perfect for snapping Instagram shots. Located in the light-filled reading room in the tower, the shelf doubles as a gorgeous art installation. Thanks to the 40 over skylights across the roof, the entire library is also flooded with natural light. This one-of-a-kind library also won the Architectural Review Library Award 2018 for its innovative use of space and architecture.
8) Angel Place, CBD
Not many people know about this little nook in an alley but now that you do—you’re in for a treat! Empty birdcages hang above Angel Place, casting an angelic glow on this ethereal Instagram spot. Aptly titled ‘Forgotten Songs’, the display designed by Michael Thomas Hill allows you to immerse yourself to the sounds of birds singing as you stand beneath the cages for that super artistic shot.
9) The Calyx, Royal Botanical Garden Sydney
The Calyx is a horticultural exhibition space with a variety of indoor and outdoor areas and changing exhibitions located in the heart of the Royal Botanical Garden. It also has the largest green wall in the southern hemisphere and stunning contemporary architecture perfect for your Instagram feed.
10) Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay
This iconic lighthouse stands tall at South Head, near Watsons Bay in Sydney Harbour National Park with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour to the West. The Hornby Lighthouse was designed by colonial architect Alexander Dawson and built in 1858. To this day, the lighthouse and its distinct red and white candy cane stripes continue to be a popular photo spot and of course, an Instagram hot spot.
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