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Most Beautiful Places to Catch a Sydney Sunset

The best things in life are free - including stunning Sydney sunsets.

Sydney puts on some cracking sunsets in summer, and thanks to daylight savings we’re now able to witness these beauties after work as well as on weekends.

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Open-Air Cinema

Nothing signifies the start of summer more than Sydney’s open-air cinemas (metaphorically) opening their doors for the season. And there is nothing more Australian than enjoying a summer picnic as the sun sets over the harbour before your outdoor movie starts. While people may not flock to these venues to specifically watch a sunset, there is moment of magic, right as the sun disappears behind the city skyline, before your movie starts when you really appreciate how beautiful Sydney is.
There is a whole range of great open-air cinemas in Sydney for you to choose from. Pack a picnic blanket for Moonlight Cinema and Sunset Cinema or visit St George Open Air Cinema for unbeatable pre-movie harbour views.
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Sunset Cruise

If you’re in the mood to treat your significant other (or yourself) then a Sydney Harbour cruise is one of the most romantic ways to experience a Sydney sunset. There are a whole range of cruises to choose from offering everything from drinks and nibbles to a full-blown meal. Take a tall ship cruise, luxury dinner cruise or even a twilight cruise upon a racing boat. 
The real star of the show is the ever-changing views of the Sydney Harbour that you experience up-close. If you’re lucky, Sydney might even put on a show for you, with vivid pink sunset display. What could be more relaxing than cruising along the Sydney Harbour at sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand? 
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Drinks & Dinner

Whether you’re looking for a post-work tipple or a Saturday evening cocktail, there is no shortage of Sydney Bars offering first-class sunset views. Grab a drink at one of most enviably located bars in the city, Opera Bar, which is, you guess it, right next to the Opera House. Try to nab a seat facing the Harbour Bridge up on the raised promenade for spectacular views. If you prefer ocean sunset views then The Bucket List offer’s a mouth-watering menu for you to enjoy, while you drink in the postcard sunset views of Bondi Beach. Choose from the restaurants great range of seafood or sink your teeth into their tacos and burgers. With plenty of outdoor seating and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a Sydney sunset with friends. 
If you’re looking to catch some afternoon sun before it sets, then you need to grab a table at one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars. The Royal Hotel in Paddington is just that, offering city views and lots of sunshine. With plenty of seating on its rooftop and wraparound veranda, plus a delicious menu and a great range of cocktails, this sky-high bar is a must-do for a summer sunset. 

From Your Hotel Room

After a day out exploring Sydney, you’ll want to come back to your hotel and have some downtime. There are a whole range of AccorHotels scattered around Sydney offering excellent views of not only Sydney Harbour but all manner of sights around the city. 
How could you say no to watching a stunning sunset, from the comfort of your hotel room, in your pyjamas with room service or a tipple from the mini bar? Choose from a wide selection of Sydney hotels offering views of Sydney Harbour, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Manly, the city centre and beyond. 
Planning a trip to Sydney but haven’t yet organised your accommodation? Find a hotel with excellent Sydney views, with AccorHotels.

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