An outdoor gem in Castlecrag, New South Wales

During lockdown, I was keen to explore and photograph something different from my usual Sydney Harbour shots. I was keen to take advantage of this opportunity to go more local. I realised that I needed some fresh inspiration and add more variety to my work.

Angophora at Castlecrag, New South Wales

Above: Angophora at the Castlecrag Northern Escarpment. 

As I was driving around, I came across this beautiful spot. It's the Castlecrag Northern Escarpment which has steep hills rising from Middle Harbour and leads onto Sugarloaf Point. 


Why I love this photo of Castlecrag, New South Wales?

This photo featuring the angophora tree shows how one doesn't have to go very far to see beautiful spots like this, especially in their local area. Having seen people set up a table and chair for picnics, I wouldn't mind holding a picnic there one day when lockdown restrictions start to ease. 

Secondly, it goes to show that there's more to Sydney than just Sydney Harbour and the beaches. There's the local bushland which forms a big part of the Australian wildlife and habitat. 

Thirdly, the tree in this image is a symbol of the Australian bush, especially with the clear blue skies. That tree is juxtaposed with the sandstone building in this image. I stood in awe of its natural beauty which appears untouched despite the development over time.


Australian kookaburra in Castlecrag, New South Wales

Above: Australian kookburra in Castlecrag, New South Wales.


Australian white cockatoo in Castlecrag, New South Wales

Above: Australian white cockatoo in Castlecrag, New South Wales.


Rock face in Castlecrag, New South Wales

Above: Rock face in Castlecrag, New South Wales.


Getting to the Castlecrag Northern Escarpment

Via car

Drive along Eastern Valley Way and turn left onto Sunnyside Crescent. Street parking available along Sunnyside Crescent. 

Via public transport

Take any bus that goes along Eastern Valley Way and get off at the bus stop near Sunnyside Crescent.


Popular local cafes in Castlecrag, New South Wales

Back and Fourth cafe 

Lovely cafe located on Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag that serves well-made coffee, brunches and breakfasts. Open Mon-Fri from 6am to 3pm and Sat-Sat 7.30am to 2.30pm.

Ritual Coffee Traders

A local favourite in Northbridge that's great for healthy food options and good coffee. Located on 1/160 Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge. Open Mon-Sat 6am to 3pm and Sun 6.30am to 2pm.


Other local highlights in Castlecrag, New South Wales

Burrabru Reserve 

A beautiful reserve located on Edinburgh Road with awesome waterfront views.

Sugarloaf Point

A small triangular-shaped reserve with local Australian flora located on Edinburgh Road facing Middle Harbour. Fabulous water views.


Click here for other great places to hangout in Sydney during spring. Check out the top places for the best Sydney Harbour views.


Love Karen

About Let There Be Life Photo

Karen is the creative founder and photographer of Let There Be Life Photo who loves capturing Sydney and creating happy memories of her hometown. She turns beautiful images into wall art prints for Sydney lovers. If you love this pic, check out more of her photos featuring Blues Point and McMahons Point, Kirribilli and Lavender Bay in Sydney.


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