With the massive uptick in Instagram usage, the need for new Instagram spots is unrelenting. Luckily, I’ve already visited a bunch of sunsets spots in the Blue Mountains which are perfect for your Instagram feed. These are my favourite sunset locations in the Blue Mountains.
Not long ago Cahill’s Lookout used to be just a dirt track on the side of a suburban road with very few visitors. But it was improved a couple of years back to include a reasonable car park and a nice concrete path. And now it’s often packed with sunset hunters including the odd small tour bus. But it’s worth it.
With sunsets like this, how can you not be tempted?!
And besides, it’s really close to Katoomba.
Lincoln Rock (AKA Flat Rock)
Lincoln Rock is a booming place mainly because it looks a bit like Wedding Cake Rock in the royal national park. Well, sort of. It’s flat… and you can get photos at it. And lots of people go there. So yeah, you can too.
At sunset, it’s really cool with the sun setting in the background. Be sure to check out the nearby cave where you can get a classic Instagram shot of the sun setting through the opening of the cave.
It’s in the Wentworth Falls area and you’ll need a car to get out there. Definitely worth a look, but not my favourite spot despite it being a hit with Instagrammers.
If you’re further up the mountains than Katoomba, there are a couple of good spots in Blackheath for sunset. The first one is Blackheath Lookout.
This is the spot that hang gliders take off from and it has a great view over the Megalong Valley. The sunset from here is bang on. Also a good spot to capture the milky way.Just head over the railway tracks from Blackheath and follow the signs. If not, this map will help.
Hargraves is one of my favourite spots for sunset in the Blue Mountains primarily because it has such a massive area where you can set up your rig, take in the peace and quiet and basically avoid other humans.
The best spots are right down the end of the ridge amongst the trees. It’s also possible to get the Milky Way from here, but it can be crazy cold in winter. Think of 0ºC with 50km/h winds. Nasty.
It’s also an easy place to get to with a car, but forget about it if you’re on foot.
Sunset Rock is famous for sunsets, funnily enough. And it’s very unpopular. That is, I’ve never seen another person there. Maybe that’s because it’s high up in the Blue Mountains at Mt Victoria, away from public transport. Also, I’ve only ever been there in winter.
The good thing about this view point is that there are plenty of great foreground objects and well as some interesting undulating landscapes.
This is another favourite of mine because of the lack of other humans.
Hassan’s Walls is not a tourist destination. But plenty of locals like to come up here for sunset. They’re smart. Because Hassan’s Walls is my favourite spot for sunset in the whole of the Blue Mountains (even though it’s just outside of the Blue Mountains in Lithgow – I can still do that, right?).
Hassan’s Walls has been up(down)graded over the years to include a massive metal boardwalk with fencing. So you’re going to need to jump that to get any good photos, just like any instagrammer worth his or her salt is prone to do.
My favourite spot at Hassan’s Walls is to the right near the cave. Jump the fence before entering the cave and there are lots of great sunset spots. Just don’t fall off the edge or death is a near certainty.
These are my favourite sunset spots in the Blue Mountains! Share your favourite spots in the comments and I’ll try and get out there and update this post.