Sydney is one of the most photographed cities in Australia. But don’t clog your Instagram feed with predictable photos from the usual Sydney places of interest. PARKROYAL Parramatta have curated a selection of favourite Instagram photo spots in Sydney. These surprising backdrops for your photographs of your next Australian quest will definitely show a different side of Sydney and induce wanderlust in your friends back home.
Pose Against Industrial Heritage Chic at Carriageworks
Address: 245 Wilson St Eveleigh (corner of Codrington St) Redfern NSW 2016
Phone Number: +61 2 8571 9099
Opening Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm daily
Fans of urban exploration and nineteenth century factory architecture should head to Carriageworks, a large multi-arts centre supporting Australian and international artists with commissions and exhibitions. Once a railway carriage and blacksmith workshop, the building’s preserved iron and brick details make a great photo backdrop. The venue often hosts international fashion shows and major festivals such as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Pacific Runway Fashion Show and Vivid Sydney, to name a few. Get directions to Carriageworks
Zoom in on Wildlife at Taronga Zoo
Address: Taronga Zoo, Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9969 2777
9.30am – 4.30pm daily (May to August)
9.30am to 5.00pm (September to April)
9.30am to 4.00pm (New Year’s Eve)
Open daily including Christmas Day
Home to over 4,000 animals from over 350 species, Taronga Zoo presents over 20 keeper talks and shows daily, as well as periodic zoo tours. These animals make great photo subjects—just avoid using flash! The best time to visit Taronga Zoo during the Australian summer months is early in the morning, when the animals are more active. Don’t fret if you miss your favourite animal – you can come back the next morning with your entry ticket as your admission is valid for two days in a row. Get directions to Taronga Zoo
Find Your Muse at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
Address: 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9245 2400
Wednesday: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Thursday-Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Closed on Christmas
The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney is a natural choice if you’re seeking a classic museum selfie. Explore over 4000 works by Australian artists, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Indigenous art on display features renowned artists like Vernon Ah Kee, Kumpaya Girgirba, and Noelene Girgirba, amongst others. Get directions to Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
Snap a Slice of Wedding Cake Rock
Address: Royal National Park, Audley Road, Audley NSW 2232, Australia
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm daily (closed on Christmas Day)
Grab a shot of the unique sandstone rock formation aptly named Wedding Cake Rock, located in Royal National Park. Wedding Cake Rock is famous for its white sand that makes it a popular subject of photos, although authorities have warned that the rock is fragile and vulnerable to crumbling.
Remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear, obey all signs and instructions, and take care to walk within the designated area. Get directions to Wedding Cake Rock
Go Underground at University of Sydney’s Graffiti Tunnel
Address: Technology Lane, The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Believe it or not, the University of Sydney actually encourages its students to create graffiti on campus walls! To locate this graffiti tunnel, find the underground link between the Manning and Holme Buildings on Technology Lane.
Its slightly grimy but edgy appearance has made the underground pathway a popular spot for campus tours. Fresh graduates have also made it a photo stop, resplendent in their graduation robes. Get directions to the graffiti tunnel at University of Sydney
Cruise and Shoot Your Way Down Parramatta River
Address: Parramatta, New South Wales 2150, Australia
Opening Hours: 24 hours daily
Flowing through Parramatta Park, the Parramatta River weaves its way past the Sydney Opera House all the way into the open sea. Once a trading area of local Aboriginal peoples and a key source of seafood, this riverine attraction can be traversed by hopping on board Sydney Ferries services both upstream and downstream. When doing so, you can even capture sunsets against gorgeous views of the wave-washed wharves.
Plan your river trip by visiting the Transport NSW site. Get directions to Parramatta River
Take Tantalising Food Shots at Eat Street Parramatta
Address: Church St, Parramatta NSW, Australia and surrounding areas
Opening Hours: Various hours, depending on the restaurant
Allow your eyes and nose to lead the way! Parramatta’s Eat Street, located at the northern end of Church Street, has become a local food hunters’ haven with its array of attractive outdoor stalls and diverse restaurants.
Food outlets such as the San Churro chocolateria, starring hot chocolates, truffles, and churros cooked fresh on the spot with a dusting of cinnamon or icing sugar, are must-go places. Or check out Discover Parramatta’s list of international cuisine to expand your repertoire of tastes.
Eat Street Car Park’s street art provides another perfect canvas for your Instagram photography. Get directions to Eat Street ParramattaSydney Unleashed is one of Australia’s premier entertainment publications exploring the latest in lifestyle trends. From Sydney’s finest restaurants, cafes and bars to the hottest in gadgets, products, and home entertainment, Sydney Unleashed is your one-stop lifestyle platform.