Sydney Harbour Sunrise || SYDNEY CITY









Sydney's urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the East, the Blue Mountains to the West, the Hawkesbury River to the North and the Royal National Park to the South. It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world. The Sydney area is not affected by significant earthquakes.


The urban area has around 70 harbour and ocean beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach. Sydney's urban area covers 1,687 km2 (651 sq mi) as of 2001. The Sydney Statistical Division, used for census data, is the unofficial metropolitan area and covers 12,145 km2 (4,689 sq mi). This area includes the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, and national parks and other unurbanised land.


Geographically, Sydney lies over two regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour and dissected by steep valleys. The parts of the city with the oldest European development are located in the flat areas south of the harbour. The North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography and lack of access across the harbour. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and linked the North Shore to the rest of the city.

  • Susan Clarke 3y

    gorgeous colours Rhys!!! Stunning photo our our beautiful harbour & city
  • marin tomic 3y

    my uncle and his family came for a visit to croatia last week, i promised i would go visit them in sydney in a year or two :D to make a photo like this...yes!
  • d and d 2 3y

    great shot
  • Suka Rummani 3y

    good job ..
    seen in friends' photos ..

    could you visit my new photo please ..
    London by suka 37
  • Jay Daley PRO 3y

    Lovely sky Rhys! I love the warm tones and the great light on the opera house. Nicely done.
  • Archie McCafferty PRO 3y

    All class Rhys - spectacular colour and exposure!
  • Padmacara PRO 3y

  • Greg Sorenson 3y

    nice work!
  • Lucid Dreamer ♥ PRO 3y

    Gorgeous shot of these great icons. Love the colours.
  • H-L-Andersen PRO 3y

    Congrats on this one Rhys!!
  • John Finnan PRO 3y

    Well Done Rhys !!
  • Photography by Bytegirl PRO 3y

    fantastic color and PoV, nicely done!
  • Snapper's Pics 3y

    Bests time to get pics of the city. Nice colours caught Rhys
  • Pete Huu PRO 3y

    fabulous early tones, gorgeous light stars and reflections, amazing beauty capture Rhys
  • Steven Fudge PRO 3y

    Great colours over the coathanger, nice view rhys.
  • Kim Foster PRO 3y

    Now that is awesome Rhys, superb colours and composition. Sweet shot mate!!
  • annaloffredi PRO 3y

    wow very very beautiful!
  • Diah Mulyaningsih PRO 3y

    wow spectacular sunrise, its very beautiful.
  • Jordan Ek 3y

    beautiful perspective on the city here.
  • Life with Jordy 2y

    Hey Ryhs, Great pic mate!

    This photo has appeared in a website

    I found this site because one of my photos was being used illegally and I traced it there using Google images search.

    Just for your info. The author of that blog is simply sharing work or posting photos illegally for others to use as FB cover photos! I hate it when people copy my work without permission.


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