Garie Beach is one of the best sunrise spots among the Sydney beaches I know. Please read the article for the guide and photographic suggestions.
Garie Beach has a handy car park and offers all sorts of photographic activities you could imagine. It has a long sand line, it has cliffs that you can climb, it has picturesque free-standing rocks and rock platforms,
you can fly a drone there. Unfortunately, you can no longer fly a drone in any locations of the Royal National Park. And there are not that many photographers in the morning. This beach has more fishermen and surfers rather than photographers.
It also appears that the northern part of the beach could be used for sunset photography, which is quite unexpected. I’ll check it out one day and post some photos as a proof.
How To Get To the Garie Beach
There is no public transport, so you have several options:
- Drive into Royal National Park in the morning. You will need to either pay a small entry fee online in advance or pay on exit.
- Drive the night before and camp somewhere in the area. You cannot camp on the parking, but I’ve seen people doing it anyway.
- Drive to Bundeena or Oatley and hike. But that’s a long hike and I wouldn’t do that for the sunrise. However, feel free to do it a day hike with lots of stops to take pictures.
Always check National Parks website for the local alerts to make sure your destination is accessible this day.