One of the joys of travelling in the modern world is that we get to share the sights we see with all our friends and family with the click of a button. There are a plethora of apps you can download to make road tripping all the more enjoyable, especially from a photography standpoint. Instagram is only the beginning! 

Many of us will know that there are few travel pictures more iconic than a city skyline. It’s the one shot that puts in frame the essence of your road trip holiday. With that in mind, here’s a handy guide for shooting picture-perfect images of Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney skylines to share on social media. 


Drive your rented car right on over to 88 Riverside Quay, the location of Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck. This is the Southern Hemisphere’s highest vantage point, dishing out mesmerising views of the Melbourne skyline.

It’s open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., so you can pick what kind of image you’re after – mid-afternoon light will enable you to see further. However, twilight paints the sky in lovely amber hues as a picturesque background for your picture. The last entry is at 9.30 p.m., so you also have the option of a night-time photograph with all the city lights shining. 



Park your hired car near South Bank Parklands and walk towards the riverfront, stopping at a point where you can see the hot pink bougainvillea flowers growing along the poles beside the river.

From this point-of-view, you can also see the Victoria Bridge in the distance crossing the Brisbane River. It’s essential you frame your photograph in bands of three: Hot pink bougainvillea in the lower band, the river and Victoria Bridge in the centre, and the tall buildings in the top band. Voila! You have a well balanced, blow-up-onto-canvas worthy photograph. 

A photo posted by dmfimages (@dmfimages) on

Aug 26, 2015 at 9:41pm PDT


Cruise on over along Sydney’s Bradfield Highway, parking your rental car near the Harbour Bridge Climb Visitor Centre. These tour providers offer a once in a lifetime experience – climbing the world’s largest steel arch bridge, soaring 134 metres above the harbour.

Once you’re at the apex of the bridge, the arch that locals call the ‘Coathanger’, take out your camera and prepare to frame your shot. There’s no better place to use the panorama feature on a smartphone or digital camera than here, as you can get the curved silhouette of the Opera House, the aquamarine blue waters of the harbour below, as well as the skyscrapers along the cityscape all in one stunning rectangular image.


A photo posted by João Morsch (@joaomorsch) on

Aug 9, 2015 at 3:06pm PDT

Alternatively, you can get creative with angles, like so:

Finally walked across the #HarbourBridge

A photo posted by @marissamaile on

Aug 13, 2015 at 3:28am PDT