Instagrammable Day Trips in Sydney This Summer.



If you’re looking for a fun getaway for the day, then we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 locations in and around Sydney that will take your breath away – and look great on your Instagram feed.

Taylor’s Bay, Mosman.

BEST FOR: Private Island Vibes

Girl on rock in ocean
BB Writer Tara McKenzie at Taylor’s Bay

Taylor’s Bay is located on the right next to Taronga Zoo at the Sydney Harbour National Park. As such it is only about 20-minute drive from the Sydney CBD, or you can catch the ferry to Taronga Zoo and walk there.

The Bay is accessed either by boat or along the Taylor’s Bay to Chowder Bay walking track. The wooden staircase leading down to the water makes for a great Instagram picture as the crystal blue water at the bottom always look beautiful and clear.

If you don’t take a boat directly to the beach, then it is important to time your trip with low tide, so you don’t have to carry your belongings above your head and wade through the water to the shore.

This pretty cove is popular with boats but has managed to stay off most beachgoer’s radars, on a weekday you may be the only one there.

The beach itself is only about 300m long and surrounded by trees and vegetation, making you feel like you’re on your own private island.

Wattamolla Beach, Royal National Park.

BEST FOR: Rugged landscape and waterfalls.

girl headstanding on beach
BB Writer Tara McKenzie at Wattamolla Beach

Wattamolla Beach has a lagoon, waterfall, picnic area and lookout, and is in an isolated spot in the Royal National Park, perfect for a relaxing day out and about.

The beach can be found 50 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, along the Royal Coastal Walk (aka the Coast Track).

The spot looks beautiful from any angle with a sheltered beach on one side and a waterfall and lagoon on the other – It’s the best of both worlds.

Depending on the time of day, there can be enforced paid entry into the beach for $12 so keep that in mind.

Chinese Garden of Friendship, CBD.

BEST FOR: Lush, zen vibes.

Chinese garden of friendship
Chinese Garden Of Friendship

The Chinese Garden of Friendship is hidden at the south end of Darling Harbour and is just a short walk from Chinatown.

The lush garden provides an opportunity for quiet solitude due to its ancient Chinese architecture and peaceful surroundings

With waterfalls, willow trees and large colourful fish it makes the perfect spot to read a book or recharge your batteries.

Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach.

BEST FOR: The most photographed pool in Australia.

Bondi Iceburgs
Bondi Icebergs

It’s the most photographed ocean pool in Australia – at Sydney’s most famous beach – which makes the small 50 metre saltwater pool, a popular spot for sunbathers and swimmers alike.

The pool, with its ocean backdrop, makes a great aerial photo whilst passing by on the Bondi to Coogee walk, or you can pay the $6.50 entry fee and go for a swim. But be warned it is not heated, so even in summer it can be icy, and on Thursdays, the pool is emptied and refilled so it is closed.

Forgotten Songs, Angel Place CBD.

BEST FOR: Indie art installations.

Forgotten Songs
Forgotten Songs, Angel Place

Forgotten Songs is a permanent public art installation made up of 180 bird cages that play a soundscape of birdsongs.

Commissioned by the City of Sydney, it was permanently installed at Angel Place in December 2011.

Bird cages hang from above and are combined with sound systems that play bird calls throughout the day and into the evening. During the day, the cages play the songs of daytime birds which change when the sun goes down to nocturnal birds.

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Tara Mckenzie


Like many of Bondi Beauty's readers, Tara has two main passions; health and beauty. As a group fitness instructor you'll either find her dripping in sweat during a HIIT class or with a full face of bronze makeup. If you meet Tara in person be prepared to act excited as she tells you all about your star sign and why you should start carrying a rose quartz around in your purse.

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