QUICK READ: La Perouse, Mrs Macquarie's Point, Observatory Hill Park, Sydney Tower Eye and the Sydney Opera House are fantastic spots to watch the sunset.
There's nothing better to end the day by watching rosy pink and warm orange shades scatter the sky. If the weather on a park permits light showering or if the beach is strikingly sunny to the point where the sun brightens the land, watching the sunset/sunrise will always be a natural, therapeutic experience for many, no matter the location. Watching the sun fall is beautiful from all areas where it is visible, but from clearer perspectives or on higher altitudes, it's even more stunning.
Parking the car on Anzac Parade, we arrived an hour before the sun would set and started exploring the bays and sites around Kamay Botany Bay National Park. By the time the sun started to set, crowds of families and couples sat on the grass and watched the clouds soften by the colourful hues of the sun. It was such an impressive view, the pink/red colours are deeply defined, creating an ombre and shadowing its pink tone onto the glistening water. Inquiries about La Perouse/ Kamay Botany Bay National Park can be answered by calling (02) 9668 2000. From Monday to Friday, the National Park opens from 10am-3.45pm and the weekend opening hours are from 9.30am-4.15pm.
There are plenty of free parking spots around La Perouse; the closest would be in Cann Park P1, this link will provide you with other parking streets and parking garages. Catching public transport to La Perouse from Sydney is possible by the buses - 393, X93, 394, L94, X94, 399 and X99.
A known vantage spot in Sydney for catching the sunset is Mrs Macquarie's Point; this spot has all the famous icons in one glance. Set back against a rosy background (if you visit at sunset, of course!), Mrs Macquarie's Point has the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in your sight. This is perfect for those visiting Sydney if you're on a tight sight-seeing schedule; not an exception to excluding local tourists, it's one of Sydney's most populated viewing spots. There are plenty of places/heights to view the sunset but, as it is highly visited, it is suggested to arrive prior to the sun setting so it'll be easier to find a preferred viewing spot. The contact number for Mrs Macquarie's Chair is (02) 9231 8111. The park/vantage point is open at all times.
There are parking spots right on Mrs Macquarie's Road if it isn't busy or if you arrive earlier, however, more accurate information on parking spots and garages can be found at parkopedia.
Less popular than Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Observatory Hill Park offers another fantastic vantage point but with perhaps, better spacial features. Carpeted with grass, the Observatory Hill Park is on a heightened level, enabling easy sighting of the sunset and panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge. There are seats and a rotunda, which are the best platform to view the Harbour Bridge. All matters can be answered through Observatory Hill Park's contact number, (02) 9265 9333. The park is open at all hours. I highly recommend this location as it is less populated and its natural heightened level will provide you with great views of the bridge, sunset and the street below.
View of Sydney Harbour Bridge from Observatory Hill Park
Watson Road, Upper Fort Street, 9 Upper Fort Street, 60 Kent Street and 65-69 Kent Street are a few of the parking streets that are in close proximity of the Observatory Hill Park. The 311 bus from Town Hall Station will stop close to the park and from there, a 5 minute walk.
Out of all the spots, the Sydney Tower Eye seems to be the winner for sweeping views of Sydney city and easily the most breathtaking experience as it is, in fact, Sydney's tallest structure. An observation desk at 268 metres above the streets and views from every corner, a visit to the Sydney Tower Eye for the sunset will not disappoint. Viewing Sydney at such a level and spotting the minuscule museums, bridges, parks and other Sydney infrastructure you're familiar with is fascinating. If there any questions, the customer service phone line is at 1-800-258-693. The tower opens at 9am and closes at 10pm each day; last ticket sales and entry closes at 9pm.
There are multiple places for parking around the eye, however, it will be quite difficult. Sydney Tower Eye's link will provide with a list of car parks and some at cheap rates. If you choose to visit the Sydney Tower Eye by public transport, catch the train to Town Hall and walk from there. It is located on Level 5 of the Westfield in CBD and to arrive there as efficiently as possible, enter from Market Street lift (to level 5) and turn 2 lefts and proceed to the end of the corridor.
The area around Sydney Opera House holds many steps and platforms for you to enjoy the view and take many pictures. Since the steps allow various angles and heights for photos, choosing a spot to watch the sunset is easy. Though it may populated, it is one classic location to enjoy the sun go down. However, because the area is so spacious, it's possible to find a quiet spot.
The cheapest spaces for parking around the Sydney Opera House are at 7a Hickson Road, 3 Hickson Road, 1 Hickson Road and 7 Hickson Road. Alternatively, catching the train to Circular Quay and walking to the Sydney Opera House is also a safe option.