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Find plane spotting areas across the Sydney Airport precinct

With three runways, more than 300,000 aircraft movements a year and a wide range of aircraft, Sydney Airport is a great location for plane spotting. Our proximity to the city means that photographers can capture great shots of aircraft with the city, Port Botany or Botany Bay in the background.

There are a range of great vantage points for aviation enthusiasts around our airport.

sheps mound

Shep’s Mound

  • Recently renovated by Sydney airport, Shep’s Mound has two elevated areas, a carpark and grassy areas to sit almost directly under the air traffic control tower
  • Best before the sun lowers
  • Follow Ross Smith Avenue from the Domestic Terminal or General Holmes Drive towards the control tower

Lady Robinson’s Beach

  • A great viewing spot very close to runway 16R/34L
  • From General Holmes Drive take the loop road towards Kyeemagh Avenue. Look for the old control tower which is brick and glass

Barton Golf Course

  • Best viewing of the planes coming to land before the airport boundary
  • Heading along West Botany Street, turn left into Barton Golf Course opposite Spring Street and follow to the end

Runway 16R landing

  • Most International aircrafts land on this runway
  • 10 minute walk from the domestic terminal
  • Best viewing time from 6am-11am

Maps to these locations can be found here.